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Senate VA/HUD Appropriations Flatfunds HOPWA at $171 Million
Calls Needed Today!!

July 11, 1996

FY 1997 Appropriations: HOPWA

The Senate VA/HUD Appropriations completed markup of the FY 1997 VA/HUD bill today. HOPWA is still flatfunded at $171 million. The bill is scheduled to go to the Senate floor sometime next week. In the meantime, the Administration has finally amended its FY '97 budget request for HOPWA to $196 million.

ACTION:

  1. Call your Senator and tell them we need a $25 million increase to respond to the growing housing needs of people with AIDS and meet the President's amended FY '97 budget request of $196 million.
  2. Call President Clinton (202/456-1414); Jack Lew, Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (202/395-4840); and Patricia Fleming, National AIDS Policy Director (202/632-1090). Urge the Administration to make FY '97 funding for HOPWA at $196 million a priority and a veto issue. Tell them that without increased funding, jurisdictions will be unable to continue current housing programs, much less expand them to meet the growing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. In FY '97 alone, as many as 10 additional jurisdictions will become eligible for HOPWA funding.

FY 1997 Appropriations: Prevention, CARE and Research

The Senate Labor/HHS Appropriations Subcommittee is tentatively scheduled to mark up its FY'97 bill, next Friday, July 17. The deadline for Senators to sign on to the "Dear Colleague" letter circulated by Senators Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) has been extended to Tuesday, July 16th. The letter asks Senate Labor/HHS Appropriations Chairman, Arlen Specter (R-PA) to provide increases for AIDS prevention, CARE and research and to support the consolidated appropriation for AIDS research.

ACTION:

Call your Senators and urge them to sign on to the D'Amato-Feinstein "Dear Colleague" letter in support of increases for federal AIDS programs. Remind your senators of the importance of these funds in your state. CALL TODAY.

1997 Department of Defense (DOD) Authorization: Dornan provision

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The deadline for representatives to sign-on to the "Dear Colleague" letter circulated by Reps. Peter G. Torkildsen (R-MA) and Jane Harman (D-CA) urging Rep. Spence, Chairman of the House National Security Committee, to accept the Senate position opposing the discharge of HIV+ service members has been extended to Wednesday, July 17th.

ACTION:

Call your representatives and urge them to sign on to the Torkildsen/Harman "Dear Colleague" letter and help defeat the discharge of HIV+ service members once and for all. CALL TODAY.

[Paid for with contributions from AIDS Action Network Members]

For more information, contact:
Tracy Mickens-Hundley
Director, Community Outreach
AIDS Action Council
1875 Connecticut Avenue NW #700
Washington DC 20009
202-986-1300, extension 3053
202-986-1345 (fax)
202-332-9614 (tty)
E-Mail: aidsaction@aidsaction.org



  
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