Delgado Successfully Includes Increased Funding for Lyme Disease in Appropriations Package
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) successfully amended House appropriations legislation to include increased funding for Lyme disease research, prevention, and treatment. Rep. Delgado’s amendment, which passed with bipartisan support, includes $1 million in increased Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding to combat Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. The amendment represents a nearly 8% increase in funding from current levels. The amendment will be included in the four bill appropriations package moving through the House.
Click here to watch Rep. Delgado’s present the amendment.
“Upstate New York and communities across the country continue to see an alarming increase in Lyme and tick-borne diseases. At all 14 of the town halls I’ve held in my district, folks ask me what Congress is doing about Lyme disease.” Rep. Delgado said of his amendment, “today, I’m taking action: the amendment I’ve offered adds one million dollars in critical Centers for Disease Control funding for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of these complex diseases. Upstate New Yorkers and communities struggling with tick populations need assistance now—we need to invest in medical solutions to combat Lyme and stop this disease in its tracks.”
After the amendment passed with strong bipartisan support, Rep. Delgado said, “this increased funding is a strong step in the right direction to address this urgent priority in Upstate New York and rural communities across NY-19. I will continue to fight for increased funding to research and treat tick-borne diseases so our communities can more effectively combat Lyme disease.”
Lyme disease is a growing concern for Upstate New York residents: From 2007 to 2017, Lyme disease cases rose by 78% in the 19th Congressional District, and approximately half of adult deer ticks in the state are carriers for Lyme disease. Effectively addressing Lyme disease requires health, environmental, and research entities to work together. Rep. Delgado co-sponsored the bipartisan National Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Control and Accountability Act of 2019 which creates an the Office of Oversight and Coordination for Tick-Borne Disease within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The office will foster collaboration between various government departments and organizations. Delgado has met with Lyme disease experts and advocates in Upstate New York and is also a member of the bipartisan Lyme Disease Caucus. The caucus is committed to advancing initiatives designed to help with treatment and prevention of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, as well as educating Members of Congress and their staff on the impact of Lyme disease.