AIDS Action Network Alert
May 23, 1996
House FY '97 Appropriations Mark-ups Start Next Week
The Chairs of the House Appropriations Subcommittees have set spending targets (known as 602(b) allocations) for fiscal year 1997. These funding targets are not enough to keep programs funded at current spending levels (FY 1996). Aggressive grassroots advocacy is needed to achieve any increases and to protect federal AIDS programs from cuts.
HOPWA - House VA/HUD Subcommittee:
Representatives: Lewis (R-CA) chair, DeLay (R-TX), Vucanovich (R-NV), Walsh (R-NY), Hobson (R-OH), Knollenberg (R-MI), Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Neumann (R-WI), Stokes (D-OH), Mollohan (D-WV), Chapman (D-TX), Kaptur (D-OH)
The VA/HUD Subcommittee appropriates funds for the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This subcommittee will mark-up its bill next Thursday, May 30th. Any increases in FY 97 for HOPWA will be extraordinarily difficult. Last year, HOPWA was level funded, although HUD had to provide funds for eleven new qualifying jurisdictions. Grants to existing jurisdictions were cut to fund the new jurisdictions. In FY 1997, approximately ten new jurisdictions will qualify for funding. Congress must provide increases for HOPWA to meet the needs of these newly eligible jurisdictions and protect current grantees from cuts in funding.
Prevention, Care & Research - House Labor/HHS/Education Subcommittee:
Representatives: Porter (R-IL) chair, Young (R-FL), Bonilla (R-TX), Istook (R-OK), Miller (R-FL), Dickey (R-AR), Riggs (R-CA), Wicker (R-MS); Obey (D-WI), Stokes (D-OH), Hoyer (D-MD), Pelosi (D-CA), Lowey (D-NY)
The Labor/HHS/Education Subcommittee appropriates funds for CDC prevention programs, the Ryan White CARE Act, AIDS Education & Training Centers (AETC) and AIDS research at the NIH. The subcommittee is scheduled to mark-up the bill on June 6th. This subcommittee has less funding for these and other vital "people programs" in education, health and labor. Chairman Porter has stated that he wants to increase funding for all NIH research by 6.5% in FY 97. However, providing increases for CDC Prevention, Ryan White and the AETCs will be extraordinarily difficult.
Grassroots activists have a limited window of opportunity over the next week to aggressively advocate for these vital programs in the House of Representatives. Subcommittees are already drafting the appropriations bills. Once their bills are completed and passed, funding decisions will then need to be voted on by the full committee and the full House before the process begins again in the Senate.
AIDS Action: Call and Write Your Members of Congress in the House.
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. Postal mail can be sent to:
US House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515
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This article was provided by AIDS Action Council.