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OPINION: Take Action Now to Stop or
Amend U.S. H.R. 2422

Proposed legislation would spend our tax dollars to
pressure us about water fluoridation

Sep 27, 2017

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By Stuart Cooper

The legislation is making its way to the floor of Congress that could waste millions in tax dollars, by funding the attempts of dental lobbying organizations to force fluoridation on communities across the country. 

H.R. 2422, called the Action for Dental Health Act of 2017, amends existing legislation to reauthorize, and add to, existing oral health promotion programs through the year 2022. If it passes, it will cost us 160 million dollars over 5 years.

H.R. 2422 is the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing. Who would not support innovative dental programs for the poor and underserved? But, technically, H.R. 2422 permits up to 100% of the authorized grant money to be spent on lobbying for water fluoridation.

The American Dental Association (ADA) lobbied Congressional sponsors to develop this bill for its own benefit. Two purposely vague sections of the bill, which don’t mention water fluoridation specifically, are intended to provide federal funds to dental associations for fake grassroots campaigns pushing fluoridation.

The ADA gets a substantial part of its income from fluoride interests (just for example: Alcoa, Monsanto, DuPont, and Colgate). That income is a big part of the reason that support for water fluoridation is ADA policy. Effectively, by leaving controversial language out of the bill, and replacing it with vague authorization, the ADA has successfully tricked House committee members.

The ADA wants to grab our tax dollars for state dental associations, and other agencies advocating fluoridation, to fund pro-fluoridation lobbying campaigns, and put pressure on elected officials and community members to fluoridate water in communities that are not currently fluoridated, or have recently rejected fluoridation, or are considering an end to fluoridation.

No town with a public water supply would be safe from fluoridation lobbying pressure if HR2422 passes in its current form. 

Similar bills were introduced and defeated during the past two sessions of Congress, in spite of hundreds-of-thousands of dollars of combined contributions from the dental lobby. Just like before, with your help we can make sure this year's bill is defeated too, or amended to specifically prohibit using our tax dollars for grants to promote water fluoridation.

PLEASE SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS: Reject H.R. 2422, or amend it to specifically prohibit funding for the promotion of water fluoridation. Thank you.

Call the Congressional Switchboard to connect with the Washington DC office of any member of Congress (202-224-3121), or contact local Congressmen Mike Thompson or Jared Huffman by email, or at their Sonoma County offices:

1. The Hon. Mike Thompson - 5th Congressional District, California
Email: RepMikeThompsonCA05@mail.house.gov
Santa Rosa District Office: 2300 County Center Drive, Suite A100, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (phone: 707-542-7182).

2. The Hon. Jared Huffman - 2ndCongressional District, California
Email: Rep. Jared HuffmanCA02@mail.house.gov
Washington DC office: 202-225-5161
Petaluma District Office: 206 G St., Unit 3. Petaluma, CA 94952 (707-981-8967).

If there are any questions about H.R. 2422, please call Clean Water Sonoma-Marin Director Dawna Gallagher-Stroeh at 707-547-7006.

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