AIDS Action Network Information
October 18, 1995
The Labor/HHS FY'96 Appropriations bill remains stalled in the Senate. Programs are operating under a continuing resolution which expires November 13, 1995.
The House has yet to name its conferees for VA/HUD appropriations. It is possible that House conferees will be named within the next week, especially since the conference report must be completed by November 1, 1995. The bill would still need to be voted on in both chambers in order to meet the November 13, 1995 deadline (the Continuing Resolution which has kept government operating will expire November 13, 1995). The message to conferees is to provide line item funding for HOPWA - as in the Senate bill, at a funding level of $213 million - the proportionate amount HOPWA would receive in the House bill.
Ryan White Care Act.
Senate conferees are: Kassebaum (R-KS); Kennedy (D-MA); Jeffords (R-VT); Frist (R-TN); Dodd (D-CT). House conferees have not been named. Conference staff members are expected to meet on October 25, 1995.
Greater Action is Needed. Hill and media action is especially needed in states with moderate Republican Senators in the following states: Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Kansas, and Oregon.
Department of Defense Authorization
The FY'96 Department of Defense Authorization remains stalled. Representative Dornan (R-CA) continues to press for language which will mandate the immediate discharge of HIV-positive military personnel. Many thanks to Senator Simon (D-IL) for sending a letter to the conferees in opposition to the Dornan provision.