News & Press: Press Release

Federal Funding

Friday, June 28, 2019   (0 Comments)
Share |

Date: Fri 28 June 2019
From: Angela Beehler

The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (S. 1379), which includes the Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act, a bill to provide funding through the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to political subdivisions in response to a public health threat from mosquito- and vector-transmitted diseases, was approved by Congress in June.  This action is positive in that it now provides authorization for SMASH Act programs.  However, as you may know, separate appropriations are still needed by Congress to fund the programs.  AMCA members from key states recently took part in a letter writing campaign organized by Federal Funding Subcommittee Chairman, Gary Goodman, in support of fully funding the SMASH Act.   Thank you to all those who contributed to the success of this legislation.  We do not know how much, if any, funding may be available for fiscal year 2020, but funding local mosquito and vector control programs will be on top of AMCA’s priority list for fiscal year 2021.