"While AIHA respects the enormous budget challenges faced by the administration brought about by the extraordinary events presently and over the last few years, ( i.e., the ongoing war with Iraq, WTC attacks, the war on terrorism, anthrax threats), we also feel that NIOSH has done its part in 'holding the line' on federal appropriations at a time when the mission of NIOSH is so vital," wrote McCluskey.
In FY03, NIOSH was appropriated $273.4 million - compared to an FY02 appropriation of approximately $276 million. AIHA wants Congress to maintain the agency and its existing programs at the current funding level of $273.4 million for FY04, plus inflationary increases. It also proposes that Congress budget an extra $15 million to support the NIOSH's efforts to protect American workers against terrorist attacks and their vulnerability to chemical and biological agents.
The additional money would help NIOSH: