We need your help!


On July 29, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the fiscal year 2022 (FY22) Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill that funds the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The bill provides $718.6 million for the 317 Immunization Program, which is a $105 million (17 percent) increase over the prior year. This is one of the largest annual increases for the 317 program in many years.

The bill also includes a $1 billion for a new public health infrastructure program which can be used to support activities across CDC, including funding for state and local health departments, workforce, information systems, and public health programs that could include immunization activities. 

Soon the Senate will be releasing their version of this funding bill.  Earlier this year, twenty-four senators signed a letter circulated by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) urging the Senate Appropriations Committee to allocate $1.13 billion to the 317 Program. The following members signed the letter:

  • Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)

  • Sen. Angus King (I-ME)

  • Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)

  • Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN)

  • Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE)

  • Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)

  • Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)

  • Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

  • Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

  • Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

  • Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

  • Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

  • Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)

  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

  • Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

  • Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)

  • Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)

  • Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

  • Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

The more support expressed for increased funding for the program, the more likely it will be maintained –– or expanded –– as the Senate considers FY22 appropriations.

Action Needed


1. If your senator signed on the letter, please consider sending an email now to both thank them for their support and urge them to fund the 317 program at the House level or higher.  Email addresses for Senate staff are below.​​


Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)

Staffer: Jill Boland



Sen. Angus King (I-ME)

Staffer: Megan DesCamps



Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

Staffer: Meghan O'Toole



Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)

Staffer: Gloria Nunez



Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN)

Staffer: Kripa Sreepada



Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)

Staffer: Anthony Theissen



Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)

Staffer: Darian Burrell-Clay; Kaitlin Johnstone



Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)

Staffer: Brianna Battle



Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

Staffer: Kevin Chang



Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Staffer: Max Kanner



Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

Staffer: Alison Council



Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Staffer: Alex Graf



Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

Staffer: Ian Hunter



Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Staffer: Tess Byars



Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

Staffer: Stephanie DeLuca



Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Staffer: Rachel Fybel



Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Staffer: Elizabeth Darnall



Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Staffer: Ashley Bykerk



Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Staffer: Rebecca Nathanson; Shawn Bishop



Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)

Staffer: Megan Thompson



Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)

Staffer: Kelsey Daniels



Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Staffer: Abby Duggan



Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

Staffer: Martha Sanchez


Phone: 202-224-4654


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Staffer: Justin Schardin


2. Let them know why securing a robust increase in program funding is necessary for your organization in their state. (Sample talking points are detailed below.)

3. Encourage them to also support the House’s inclusion of a new $1 billion public health infrastructure program at CDC.

Talking Points/Content for Email


  • I am contacting you to thank the Senator for supporting our request to provide $1.13 billion for the 317 Immunization Program by signing on to a letter circulated by Sen. Reed’s office.

  • Vaccines are one of the greatest success stories in public health and are among the most cost-effective ways to prevent disease.  Childhood immunizations over the past twenty years have prevented 381 million illnesses and 855,000 deaths and saved nearly $1.65 trillion in societal costs.  Unfortunately, millions of children and adults have missed routine vaccinations due to the pandemic, putting years of success in jeopardy.

  • An effective vaccine campaign is critical for controlling COVID-19. It requires the establishment and maintenance of a robust public health immunization infrastructure.

  • Providing $1.13 billion for the Section 317 Program in FY 2022 would sustain the improvements made through the emergency supplemental bills to restore routine immunizations and ensure future preparedness.

  • It is crucial that the Senator continue advocating for an increase in funding for the 317 Program as the Senate moves through the appropriations process.

  • In July, the House passed the Labor HHS appropriations bill and included a $105 million increase for the 317 program.  We urge the Senate to provide at least the level of funding included by the House.

  • We also support the $1 billion that the House included in this bill for a new CDC public health infrastructure program that would be flexible funding for additional investments in public health, that could also include additional support for immunization programs.