FY '97 Appropriations Successfully Completed! HIV Provision Stripped from Immigration bill!!
October 1, 1996
VA/HUD - HOPWA
After weeks of intense advocacy and negotiations, an additional $25 million for HOPWA was included in the final FY '97 VA/HUD Appropriations conference report. The conference report was passed by the Senate on Wednesday, September 25th, and was signed by the President on September 26th.
The additional $25 million for HOPWA will come from "recaptured" savings in another HUD account, making a total of $196 million available for HOPWA in FY 97. However, the additional $25 million for HOPWA is dependent on HUD "collecting" the recaptured funds as they become available and assigning them to the HOPWA account. Thus depending on how quickly HUD thinks the $25 million in recaptures will become available, the FY '97 HOPWA formula may be run initially on a total of $196 million, or, if recaptures are expected to be slow in coming, run the initial formula on a base of $171 million and do a supplemental formula process for later in the year for the additional $25 million.
AIDS Action will be pushing HUD to run the initial funding formula based on $196 million rather than the $171 million. This will help to make sure that grantees know, up front, what funding levels to expect and can plan accordingly. We succeeded in getting Congress and the Administration to do what many thought was impossible -- namely, to find $25 million more in the unbelievably tight HUD budget for HOPWA. Now we need to urge HUD and the Administration to make these additional funds available as quickly as possible, so that grantees can move on with their work of providing housing services to people in need. Stay tuned for further details!
The FY '97 Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations bill was approved by the Congress and signed by the President late last night. The bill increases funding for AIDS prevention, care and research by over $365 million. After marathon negotiations over the weekend, strong leadership from President Clinton and heroic efforts by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others, an additional $100m above the President's recommended funding levels was secured for the Ryan White CARE Act to help pay for new drug therapies and provide much-needed care services. (A complete breakdown of funding levels is provided on the attached chart).
Prevention: Prevention programs received an increase of $33 million over FY 1996 for a total of $617 million. This increase is targeted for previously unfunded prevention programs identified through the HIV prevention community planning process. Those programs could not be funded last year since prevention programs had been cut by $6 million from FY '95 to FY '96.
Ryan White CARE Act: Funding for the Ryan White CARE Act was increased by $239 million, bringing total funding for the CARE Act to just under one billion dollars. All titles of the CARE Act received increases in funding for FY '97, including an increase of $115 million exclusively for AIDS drugs through the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Funding for the AIDS Education and Training Centers has now been fully restored to the FY '95 level of $16 million.
AIDS Research: The National Institutes of Health received an overall increase of 6.8%, which includes an additional $94 million for AIDS research. The contentious issue of the consolidated appropriation for AIDS research was settled through compromise language which empowers the Directors of NIH and the Office of AIDS Research (OAR) to determine the level of AIDS research per Institute in accordance with the AIDS research strategic plan. The compromise also grants the OAR up to 3 percent transfer authority throughout the fiscal year to respond to changing research needs and priorities.
Thanks to all of you who weighed in, the final version of the immigration reform bill included in the omnibus appropriations measure did not contain the hateful provisions that would have denied legal immigrants and undocumented persons access to publicly-funded HIV testing and care services. Provisions which would have rendered legal immigrants who utilize more than 12 months of public assistance benefits deportable were also removed from the final bill.
FY 1997 Approriations Levels For Federal AIDS Programs
(increases or decreases from the FY 96 numbers are in parentheses)
HRSA-RW CARE Total (combined programs)
-- RW CARE Title I
-- RW CARE Title II - Care (see#2 below)
-- RW CARE Title II - ADAP (see#3 below)
-- RW CARE Title IIIb
-- RW CARE Title IV
-- RW CARE Title V - AETCs
-- RW CARE Title V - Dental
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