Urge your U.S. Representative to Sign Congressional Letter Requesting $20 million for Lifespan Respite in FY 2025! Deadline for Members to Sign is Monday, April 29, COB.

Legislative Alert


Lifespan Respite Care Program champions, Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), are circulating a Dear Colleague Letter in the House asking Members to sign on to the letter requesting $20 million for the Lifespan Respite Care Program in FY 2024. This is a doubling of current funding for the program, and more than the amount requested by President Biden in the recently released FY 2025 proposed budget

The National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers, with a focus on increasing respite options for family caregivers, has raised awareness of family caregiver needs, and opened a window of opportunity to request a doubling of funding for the Lifespan Respite Care Program.

Members who have signed so far. If your Representative is not on this list, call TODAY and leave a message and call again on Monday.

  • Rep. Nanette Barragan (CA,44th-D)
  • Rep. Gerald Connolly (VA,11th-D)
  • Rep. Danny Davis (IL,7th-D)
  • Rep. Mark DeSualnier (CA,10th-D)
  • Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI,6th-D)
  • Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA,1st-R)
  • Rep. Seth Magaziner (RI,2nd-D)
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME,1st-D)


We need your help to get as many Members of Congress from both parties as possible to sign this bipartisan letter. Members are much more likely to sign on if they hear from constituents. Your call, and calls from your local affiliates, partners and coalition members, are needed immediately in getting House Members to sign-on.


  • Call the Capitol Switchboard TODAY at 202-225-3121 and ask for your Representative’s office. When connected, ask for appropriations, HHS, disability or health staff. If you don’t reach them, leave a message!
  • Message: Please sign the Dingell/Fitzpatrick Dear Colleague Letter to Congressional appropriators requesting $20 million for the Lifespan Respite Care Program in FY 2025. The Lifespan Respite Care Program perfectly aligns with the goals of the National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers, calling for a range of respite options to allow family caregivers to obtain respite services that meet their unique needs.
  • Make it Personal. Share your personal respite story about why respite is important to you or why more respite is needed in your state.
  • Phone calls or personal visits are best. For contact information or if you prefer to send an email or fax to your Member of Congress, find your U.S. Representative.

Please pick up the phone and call today.

Then circulate this alert to your networks and colleagues – See printable Legislative Alert for easy steps, messages, and talking points.