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Governors Oppose HHS Plan To Divert Bioterrorism Funds

Washington, D.C. - Calling it a threat to states' ongoing homeland security efforts, the National Governors Association (NGA) yesterday voiced strong opposition to the decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to divert delivery of states' bioterrorism preparedness funds.In a May 19 letter, North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven, the chair of NGA's Health and Human Services Committee, and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, the committee vice chair, urged HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson to reconsider his plan to reduce or redirect the already-appropriated federal funds for fiscal years 2002, 2003 and 2004. For HHS to renege on its funding commitment would threaten critical effor...

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