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Urgent: Please Make Calls About Syringe Exchange Now!!

Congress Could Make Decisions About Syringe Exchange Funding as Soon as Today!

December 12, 2011

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We are hearing that negotiations on the appropriations bill, including riders like syringe exchange, are taking place at the highest levels. Syringe exchange may be in danger. We need to get calls to the offices below. Please take a minute to make some calls ASAP while there is still time!! PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL AS FAR AS POSSIBLE

RIGHT NOW MAKE 4 calls (in this order) to the President, Senate Majority Leader Reid, Senator negotiators and leadership from your state, and Speaker Pelosi.

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Calling the President:

Please call President Barack Obama: 202-456-1414

The message for the President is: My name is _______. I live in <Your City, State>. Thank you for your past support of syringe exchange. I support maintaining current language that allows local officials to make their own decisions to use federal and local Washington DC funds for Syringe Exchange. Please do not allow the Senate or House to change the current law in the Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations negotiations. Thank you.

Calling Senate Majority Leader Reid and Other Senators:

*Harry Reid (D-NV) Majority Leader: 202-224-3542

The Message for all of the Senators including Senator Reid is:

My name is _______. I live in <Your City, State>. I support maintaining current language that allows local officials to make their own decisions to use federal and local Washington DC funds for Syringe Exchange. Please do not change the current law in the Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations negotiations. Thank you.

Alaska
Lisa Murkowski (R): 202-224-6665

Arkansas
Mark Pryor (D) : 202-224-2353

Hawaii
*Daniel Inouye (D) Appropriations Chairman: 202-224-3934

Illinois
*Dick Durbin (D) Majority Whip, Financial Services Subcommittee Chair: 202-224-2152
Mark Kirk (R): 202-224-2854

Iowa
*Tom Harkin (D) Labor, HHS Subcommittee Chair: 202-224-3254

Louisiana
Mary Landrieu (D): 202-224-5824

Montana
Jon Tester (D): 202-224-2644

Nebraska
Ben Nelson (D): 202-224-6551

New York
*Chuck Schumer (D) Democratic Policy Committee Chair: 202-224-6542
Kristin Gillibrand (D): 202-224-4451
--- (Note although not a negotiator or leadership, Sen. Gillibrand has been very responsive on HIV/AIDS issues ask her to weigh in with Schumer and her appropriations colleagues)

Rhode Island
Jack Reed (D-RI): 202-224-4642

South Dakota
Tim Johnson (D-SD): 202-224-5842

Vermont
Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.): 202-224-4242

Washington
Patty Murray (D-Wash): 202-224-2621

Calling Speaker Pelosi:

Please call Speaker Nancy Pelosi: 202-225-0100

The message for the Speaker is: My name is _______. I live in <Your City, State>. Thank you for your past support of syringe exchange. I support maintaining current language that allows local officials to make their own decisions to use federal and local Washington DC funds for Syringe Exchange. Please do not allow the Senate or House to change the current law in the Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations negotiations. Thank you.

Thank you for your attention to this issue. Please call now -- Share with your friends. We absolutely need to keep up the calls as long as we can.

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