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Final Decisions Pending on FY 2002 Appropriations Bill

Your Urgent Action Is Essential

December 4, 2001

On November 6th and 7th, the U.S. Senate passed the FY 2002 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education and FY 2002 District of Columbia funding bills, respectively. Both appropriations measures include funding and language that support programs that are essential to HIV/AIDS care, prevention, and research. Members and staff of the conference committees are currently in negotiations to work out differences between the House and Senate versions of the bills. According to congressional sources, final action on the DC Appropriations measure could come as early as this week, while floor consideration of the Labor, HHS and Education bill is not expected until next week.


FY 2002 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations

Call members of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations conference committee from your state and urge them to support the highest levels of funding for all HIV/AIDS care, prevention and research programs.

AIDS Action recommends the following appropriations levels for essential HIV/AIDS programs for FY 2002:

  • Ryan White CARE Act - AIDS Action supports the overall House funding level of $1.91 billion for all titles within the Ryan White CARE Act. This level is $112 million above FY 2001 and $35 million above the Senate recommended level.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - AIDS Action supports the House funding level of $1.3 billion overall, which is $533 million more than FY 2001 and includes $8.6 million more than the Senate funding levels for HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

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  • Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative - AIDS Action supports the House funding level of $387 million for the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative to help in eliminating these HIV-related health disparities.

  • National Institutes of Health - AIDS Action supports the $3.4 billion increase over FY 2001 for combined NIH research activities as contained in the Senate bill. Funding levels for disease specific research such as HIV/AIDS is not specified by either of the bills.


FY 2002 DC Appropriations

The Senate version of the FY 2002 DC Appropriations bill includes language that would permit local and private funds to be used for support of needle exchange programs in the District of Columbia, while continuing the national prohibition on the use of federal funds for needle exchange. The House language maintains the current congressionally imposed ban on federal and local funds from being used for needle exchange programs in DC. Please contact members of the DC Appropriations conference committee and urge them to support effective HIV prevention by adopting the Senate needle exchange language. This provision is crucial to the District's efforts in reducing HIV transmission in a city where it is estimated that one in every 20 residents is HIV positive.


Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Conference Committee Members

Senate

Harkin (D-IA) 202-224-3254
Hollings (D-SC) 202-224-6121
Inouye (D-HI) 202-224-3934
Reid (D-NV) 202-224-3542
Kohl (D-WI) 202-224-5653
Murray (D-WA) 202-224-2621
Landrieu (D-LA) 202-224-5824
Byrd (D-WV) 202-224-3954
Specter (R-PA) 202-224-4254
Cochran (R-MS) 202-224-5054
Gregg (R-NH) 202-224-3324
Craig (R-ID) 202-224-2752
Hutchison (R-TX) 202-224-5922
Stevens (R-AK) 202-224-3004
DeWine (R-OH) 202-224-2315

House

Regula (R-OH) 202-225-3876
Young (R-FL) 202-225-5961
Istook (R-OK) 202-225-2132
Miller (R-FL) 202-225-5015
Wicker (R-MS) 202-225-4306
Northup (R-KY) 202-225-5401
Cunningham (R-CA) 202-225-5452
Granger (R-TX) 202-225-5071
Peterson (R-PA) 202-225-5121
Sherwood (R-PA) 202-225-3731
Obey (D-WI) 202-225-3365
Hoyer (D-MD) 202-225-4131
Pelosi (D-CA) 202-225-4965
Lowey (D-NY) 202-225-6506
DeLauro (D-CT) 202-225-3661
Jackson (D-IL) 202-225-0773
Kennedy (D-RI) 202-225-4911

District of Columbia Appropriations Conference Committee Members

Senate

Landrieu (D-LA) 202-224-5824
Durbin (D-IL) 202-224-2152
DeWine (R-OH) 202-224-2315
Hutchison (R-TX) 202-224-5922

House

Knollenberg (R-MI) 202-225-5802
Istook (R-OK) 202-225-2132
Cunningham (R-CA) 202-225-5452
Doolittle (R-CA) 202-225-2511
Sweeney (R-NY) 202-225-5614
Vitter (R-LA) 202-225-3015
Fattah (D-PA) 202-225-4001
Mollohan (D-WV) 202-225-4172
Olver (D-MA) 202-225-5335



  
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