Act Today! Presidential Vetoes Threaten Funding for Mental Illness Research and Services
November 15, 2007
Help Override the President’s Veto of Funding for Mental Illness Research and Services
As early as today, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a motion to override President Bush’s veto of the FY 2008 Labor-HHS Appropriations bill (HR 3043). This bill includes the budgets for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – with increases totaling $40 million for FY 2008 for mental illness research and services.
Call your House member today, at 800-965-4298 or 877-210-5351! Urge them to support the motion to override the President’s veto of the Labor-HHS Appropriations bill. Remind your House member that HR 3043 includes:
- A $37.4 million increase for mental illness research at the NIMH, boosting funding to $1.441 billion,
- A $3.9 million increase for youth suicide prevention programs under the Garrett Lee Smith Act, up to $40 million, and
- A $576 million increase for the administrative budget for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to address the current backlog of claims for SSI and SSDI disability benefits.
Click here to view additional background information on the House-Senate agreement on the FY 2008 Labor-HHS spending bill.