The House of Representatives is scheduled to
vote on the FY '97 VA/HUD appropriations bill next Tuesday, June 25th. (Yes,
AIDS Action informed you last week that the vote would take place this Tuesday,
however, the House is still dealing with other Appropriations bills and the vote
on VA/HUD has been delayed.)
Remember, HOPWA was flat-funded at $171 million for FY 97 when the full
House Appropriations Committee voted on the VA/HUD bill. (See Alert June 14,
As reported last week, there is a bipartisan initiative underway to
increase FY '97 funding for HOPWA by amending the bill when it reaches the House
floor. This effort is being led by Representative Shays (R-CT), together with
Representatives Studds (D-MA), Schumer (D-NY), Flanagan (R-IL), Gunderson
(R-WI), Kennelly (D-CT), Pelosi (D-CA), Nadler (D-NY), Morella (R-MD), Bilbray
(R-CA), and Lowey (D-NY).Advertisement
So far, your calls to members in the House have been effective! Now we
have more time for calls to your members supporting the floor amendments to be
offered by Representative Shays (R-CT) and others. We need to continue
generating support to win this battle on the House floor! Ask your members to
support the Shays amendment to increase HOPWA funding by $15 million for FY 97.
Call and Fax Your Representatives Today!
All members of the House can be reached through the Capitol Switchboard at
202-225-3121. E-mail addresses for your Representatives can be found posted in
HandsNet at Resources/Congressional Contacts.
Ask your members specifically:
- Will you support a $15 million increase for HOPWA for FY 97?
- Let your member know if your state or EMA receives HOPWA funding (AIDS
Action can provide specific state or EMA funding levels).
- Urge them to support the Shays (R-CT) amendment to increase HOPWA funding
when the VA/HUD bill goes to the House floor.
- Tell them while a $15 million increase is far below what is actually
needed, HUD estimates that this additional money would at least allow us to
provide housing and services to an additional 4,035 individuals and families
living with HIV/AIDS. Let them know what flat-funding HOPWA in FY '97 will mean
in real terms in your own community.
- Without an increase in FY '97 funding for this critical program, more and
more people living with HIV/AIDS will be living -- and dying -- on the streets
of your home towns.
Please call Tracy (ext. 3053) or Anthony (ext. 3067) at AIDS Action with
your member's response.
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