Thank you to those who took time to educate and/or advocate on behalf of the organizations impacted by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) funding cuts. Your outreach continues to play an important role in our efforts to protect this funding stream. Here is the latest:
In May, President Trump released his fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget and it proposes deep cuts to programs that help reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy. Earlier this month, the full US House Appropriations Committee voted to pass the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill, which completely eliminates funding for the TPP Program. The next step is for the Senate to take up their version of the bill. However, they are not expected to do so before the August recess.
In Texas, there are 8 organizations that receive $8.6 million each year as part of this federal funding stream and these programs serve thousands of youth including our most vulnerable populations such as youth in foster care, pregnant and parenting youth, and adjudicated youth.
To raise awareness about the impact of this funding loss for Texas, the Texas Campaign and partner organizations spoke with several media sources including:
In addition, members of both houses have sent letters to HHS about the abrupt end to TPP Program grants. The letters from
, as well as one from
9 members of the Texas delegation
, inquire into the rationale for cutting short these TPP Program grants - especially as it preempts Congressional action on FY 2018 appropriations and flies in the face of federal commitments to evidence and evaluation.
Though the Texas Campaign isn't directly funded through the TPP Program, it's an extremely important source of funding throughout the state. You can help our outreach efforts! Click here for talking points and here for language that can be used on social media.