Senate Passes Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill That Includes Amendment Preventing Redistribution of Ryan White Funding in Some Areas
October 24, 2007
The Senate on Tuesday voted 75-19 to pass its version of the fiscal year 2008 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill (HR 3043), which includes an amendment that would prevent the redistribution of Ryan White Program funding in some areas of the country, CQ Today reports. The amendment was adopted 65-28 by roll call votes (Wayne, CQ Today, 10/23). The amendment -- proposed by Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), the ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee -- was aimed to address language in the House version of the bill, CongressDaily reports (Chon, CongressDaily, 10/23). According to a release from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House version would have mitigated Ryan White funding cuts to 11 jurisdictions nationwide -- including San Francisco -- that were included in last year's reauthorization bill. The Enzi amendment included in the Senate version would reinstate those funding cuts (Pelosi release, 10/23).
Pelosi in a statement said that although San Francisco "developed the model of community-based care that served as the basis" for the original Ryan White Program, the city's "needs are still severe." She added that she will "work with the Appropriations Committee to maintain this critical protection in conference" (Pelosi release, 10/23).
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