Public health initiatives are unique in that they target the health of our communities, our nation, and world rather than the individual. Broad, community-focused health programs are essential to ensure that each American citizen lives in a healthier and safer world. Congresswoman Slaughter has spent her career fighting to improve public health and wellness.
With a Master’s degree in public health, the congresswoman is an expert in the field and has spent her career fighting to improve public health and wellness. Congresswoman Slaughter serves to protect children and families from environmental toxins harmful to development, is on the frontlines of guarding against genetic discrimination, is a watchdog for food safety, and advocates for expanded research and funding into public health and program development.
- Healthy Environments: As the primary advocate for full federal funding of lead poisoning prevention programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Congresswoman Slaughter fights to protect children and families from environmental toxins harmful to human health and development. She spearheads the charge in Congress to restore funding to childhood lead poisoning programs which have been slashed in recent years on both the state and federal levels.
- Food Safety: American citizens should not have to worry that the food on their tables is going to make them sick. This is why Congresswoman Slaughter is fighting to keep dangerous, contaminated foods out of the grocery stores and force companies to ensure that products are safe for sale and consumption.
- Genetic Privacy: With the genomic revolution, it is easier than ever for people and health care providers to access genetic information. Congresswoman Slaughter recognizes that this information must be protected in the same way as other personal information and shouldn’t be used for discriminatory purposes.
- Research and Development: The congresswoman shares the growing concern that hormone-disrupting pollutants in our environment may explain the rise in occurrences of childhood cancers, testicular cancer, juvenile diabetes, thyroid disorders, learning disabilities, cognitive impairments, and autoimmune disorders over the past 30 years. Despite the progress made in understanding the link between these chemicals and hormone disruption, further research is needed. Congresswoman Slaughter believes that investing in research today could prevent and treat a broad range of diseases and disorders in future generations.
- Lead Poisoning Prevention: In May 2012, Congresswoman Slaughter and 25 colleagues called on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to adopt blood lead level recommendations proposed by the CDC Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (ACCLPP). CDC adopted this new standard in October 2012 and published the first set of statistics with the new findings in April 2013, which showed that 535,000 U.S. children under the age of six are poisoned by lead. Congresswoman Slaughter continues to fight for appropriate funding for childhood lead poisoning prevention programs. Not only did she secure $110 million for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control after it was cut to $50 million, but she also successfully restored funding for the CDC’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to $15 million after it was cut to $2 million in Fiscal Year 2012.
- Lead Hazard Title X Amendments Act: In 2013, the congresswoman introduced H.R. 1282, The Lead Poisoning Title X Amendments Act, which would modernize the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Program and broaden the categories of those eligible to receive lead hazard abatement grants.
- Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA): Congresswoman Slaughter authored the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which became law in 2008 after a fourteen-year congressional battle. The late Senator Ted Kennedy called GINA the “the first civil rights bill of the new century.” This law prohibits health insurers and employers from using genetic information to discriminate against an individual. For instance, prior to GINA, an employer could refuse to hire or fire someone with a family history of breast cancer or other hereditary illnesses. The congresswoman continues to oversee the implementation of GINA and to monitor the developments in genetics and genomics to determine whether additional policy improvements are needed. You can read more about this important issue in an article written by Louise in the Harvard Journal on Legislation here.
- Pathogen Reduction and Testing Reform Act (PRTRA): In 2013, there was a massive outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella heidelberg caused by Foster Farms chicken that sickened over 630 people from 29 states and Puerto Rico and sent 38 percent of those sickened to the hospital. In response, Congresswoman Slaughter and her colleague, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, introduced PRTRA. The bill would grant USDA the authority to issue mandatory recalls for meat, poultry, or egg products with any antibiotic resistant or other microbial contaminant the USDA deems dangerous.
- The DES Education and Research Amendments of 1993: Diethylstilbestrol (DES) was an anti-miscarriage drug commonly used in the early 1990s that was discovered to carry serious health consequences for some women and their children in utero. Stunningly, common use of this compound was ended in cattle nearly 20 years before the same protections were extended to women. Congresswoman Slaughter battled in Congress for the DES Education and Research Amendments, which amended the Public Health Service Act to provide public health education, health professional training, and additional research on the long-term effects of DES. The congresswoman authored follow-up legislation, the DES Education and Research Amendments, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in October 1998.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Representatives Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25), Brian Higgins (NY-26), Chris Collins (NY-27), and Tom Reed (NY-23) today stood with Flight 3407 families and Capt. Tim Canoll, president of the Airline Pilots Association, and Jeff Skiles, first officer of the Miracle on the Hudson, in a bipartisan call for Congress to preserve hard-fought aviation safety improvements as the House prepares to consider Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation. They voiced strong and united opposition to any effort to roll back flight safety rules.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced an Assistance for Firefighter Grant (AFG) award from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Point Pleasant Fire District. The grant totals $45,048 and will be used to improve facilities and personal protective equipment for first-responders.
ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that the University of Rochester has received a $469,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to continue its cutting-edge research into muscular dystrophy, a crippling neurological disorder. Slaughter has helped lead efforts in Congress to promote preventive medical practices and invest in breakthrough medical research. Roughly 3,000 people are involved in research at the University of Rochester.
Washington, DC – Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) called the budget request submitted to Congress today by President Trump an unprecedented attack on women’s health. The proposal would make drastic cuts to crucial programs and have a devastating impact on women’s access to vital health care services.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Reps. Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Judy Chu (CA-27), Diana DeGette (CO-01), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Jackie Speier (CA-14) sent a letter to Ivanka Trump inviting her to a meeting on women’s health issues, including access to affordable contraception.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) have introduced a package of bills to reform the review process for medical devices and increase access to legal recourse for victims of unsafe devices.
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-1), co-chairs of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, along with Joe Crowley (NY-14), Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, Nita Lowey (NY-17), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee and State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Military Personn
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-1), co-chairs of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, along with Joe Crowley (NY-14), Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, Nita Lowey (NY-17), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee and State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subc
WASHINGTON, DC —Today, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), author of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA), and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), who played a leading role in passing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), spoke out against legislation that would exempt employer-based wellness programs from these landmark laws. H.R.