Last Chance! Welcome the 115th Congress and Remind Them That "Breastfeeding Saves Dollars and Makes Sense!"
On Monday, January 9, USBC and breastfeeding advocates will deliver a welcome message with signatures and personal notes to every Member of Congress, as part of a very special welcome kit for our Welcome Congress event. Please support and help spread the word about this important advocacy effort:
- Sign our note to welcome the new Congress and ask them to protect and build on federal policies and investments that support our Nation's breastfeeding families.
- Share stories demonstrating why the ACA's breastfeeding-related components are so critical to sustain. Stories will be highlighted in the welcome kits and used to inspire Members of Congress and Trump Administration officials to protect these policies and investments. Priority story topics related to ACA include:
- Stories about your experience with the requirement for health plans to cover breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling as a preventive service.
- Stories about your experience with the requirement for employers to provide break time and a place for employees (nonexempt workers) to express breast milk at work.
- Stories about your experience with maternity care quality improvement initiatives.
Updated Collection of Women's Bureau Resources, from DOL
The U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau has released an updated e-library featuring a broad range of resources for women in the labor force produced by or in collaboration with the Women's Bureau. The database includes webinars, infographics, reports, and other resources on topics including pregnancy & breastfeeding, paid leave, working mothers/families, and women of color.
Major Rules Subject to Updated CRA Carryover Date, from CRS
The Congressional Research Service has released an updated version of a general distribution memorandum which lists "major" rules issued by federal agencies under the Barack Obama Administration that are potentially subject to consideration under the procedures of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) in the 115th Congress. CRS is now estimating that the CRA carryover period for regulations finalized in 2016 will apply to regulations finalized on or after June 13.
Winnable Battles Final Report, from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the final report on the Winnable Battles program, an effort to make the biggest health impact for the most Americans in the shortest time. The Nutrition/Physical Health/Obesity Winnable Battle topic area included an indicator that called for an increase in the proportion of infants who are breastfed at 6 months by 35%. This indicator has exceeded the original Winnable Battles target of 50% by 3.6%. In addition, the Alabama Breastfeeding Committee is featured in one of five state spotlights. Read the press release.
Budget Resolution Introduced, from Congress
The Senate Budget Committee has introduced a budget resolution containing reconciliation instructions that authorizes committees to enable repeal of the Affordable Care Act through a fast-track process requiring only a simple majority; provides instructions to four authorizing committees to achieve at least $1 billion each in deficit reduction over 10 years; sets a deadline of January 27 to report the legislation; and reserves funds for repeal and replacement of the ACA. Consideration begins on the Senate floor this week.
Two Bills Introduced Impacting Regulatory Process, from Congress
Congress has introduced two bills that would significantly impact the regulatory process. The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act would require all new economically significant regulations to be approved within a narrow window of time by both chambers of Congress before taking effect. Congressional inaction would constitute a veto of any important new regulation, no matter how uncontroversial it might be. The Midnight Rules Relief Act would expand the scope of the Congressional Review Act, allowing Congress to wipe out multiple regulatory protections at a time, instead of repealing rules with individual resolutions of disapproval. Members of Congress could strike down dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of vital public safeguards all at once. Member and partner actions and resources included:
- Coalition for Sensible Safeguards:
- American Public Health Association: Letter to Congress
- Public Citizen:
Prenatal Breastfeeding Education Curriculum Update, from CGBI
The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute has released new resources for the Ready, Set, BABY (RSB) prenatal breastfeeding education and counseling curriculum. The resource includes a 28-page patient booklet with a corresponding educator flipchart, wall-posters for waiting areas or exam rooms, and a 4-part Implementation Guide designed to help healthcare professionals plan how they might integrate RSB into their current practice setting.
Webinar Archives, from NACCHO
The National Association of City and County Health Officials has made the Public Health Breastfeeding Webinar Series archive available to the public. This webinar series promotes promising practices and shares lessons learned from the Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities through Peer and Professional Support Project. The recordings include "Breastfeeding in the Community: Closing the Care Gap Continuing Education Information" and "Breastfeeding in the Community: Engaging the Hard-to-Reach."
Family Friendly Workplace Measures Taking Effect, from NPWF
The National Partnership for Women & Families has released a memo on family friendly workplace measures that will take effect in 2017. The new year will bring significant increases in access to paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, fair pay, and protections for pregnant workers. Highlights include two new statewide paid sick days laws and a federal rule that will guarantee paid sick time for more than one million people who work on federal contracts.
Collective Impact Connection
Using Data to Advance Policy, from SSIR
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has released an article entitled, "Facts Over Factions" that explores how data can be used to create bipartisan policies that help solve complex and historically divisive social issues like poverty. The article also includes information about how technology, such as crowdsourcing, can be used to serve underserved communities.
News & Views
The Nation's Health (APHA newsletter): "Public health working to increase data on mothers in prison"
LinkedIn: "How Work-Life Balance Helps a Baby's Brain"