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National Minority AIDS Council
ACTION ALERT
URGENT!

Department of Research and Treatment Advocacy

June 10, 1996

Before and during the week of June 10 , 1996 tell your Representative that well coordinated AIDS research save lives!

For Information Contact:
Moises Agosto
Director of Research and Treatment Advocacy
(202) 483-6622 ph
(202) 483-1135 fax

June 7 ,1996

The House of Representatives sub-committee on appropriations for Labor, Health and Human Services will mark up their appropriations bill for FY 1997 during the week of June 10th.

Last year this sub-committee eliminated the consolidated budget authority of the Office of AIDS Research (OAR). Without the consolidated budget authority the OAR will not be able to efficiently coordinate all the AIDS research that is occurring among all the institutes at the National Institutes of Health.

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Early this year an external panel of distinguished scientists and treatment advocates released a report with a comprehensive evaluation of the entire NIH HIV/AIDS research portfolio. This report known as the "Levine Report" is an impressive document in which critical recommendations were made to change, improve and speed up the development and progress of our nation's AIDS research effort.

In order to implement the recommendations described in the "Levine Report", the OAR must retain control of the AIDS research budget. If the OAR doesn't retain this consolidated budget authority, AIDS research will be set backwards and seriously delay our search for a cure.

What can we do to improve AIDS Research?

  1. Call your Representative in the House. Tell them that you are calling to urge them to fully restore the single consolidated NIH/AIDS research budget to the Office of AIDS Research for the mark up of the appropriation bills for FY 1997. Tell them to communicate their support to the House Leadership and Representative Porter.
  2. Fax a letter to your Representative. (a draft letter is included)

Your help is needed to restore the office of AIDS Research authority.

Before and during the week of June 10th call and/or fax the letter provided to the following members of congress or their staff members: (FAX a copy of your letter to NMAC's Office: 202-483-1135)

RepresentativeStaffPhoneFax
Bob Livingston (R-1-LA)Paul Cambon202-225-3015202-225-0739
Jerry Lewis (R-40-CA)Doc Syers202-225-5861202-225-6498
Jim Lightfoot (R-3-IA)Julie Manes202-225-3806202-225-6973
John Porter (R-IL)Suzanne Connel202-225-4835202-225-4835
C.W. Bill Young (R-FL)Harry Glenn202-225-5961202-225-9764
Henry Bonilla (R-TX)Eric Fox202-225-4511202-225-2237
Ernest Istook (R-OK)Bill Duncan202-225-2132202-226-1463
David Hobson (R-7-OH)Kenny Kraft202-225-4324202-225-1984
Joseph Knollenberg (R-11-MI)Craig Piercy202-225-5802202-225-2356
Jim Kolbe(R-5-AZ)Michael Jimenez202-225-2542202-225-0378
Joseph M. McDade(R-PA)John Enright202-225-3731202-225-9594
Dan Miller (R-FL)Marty Reiser202-225-5015202-225-0828
John Myers (R-7-IN)Ray Little202-225-5805202-2251649
George Nethercutt (R-5-WA)Bill Hanku202-225-2006202-225-3392
Mark Neuman (R-1-WI)Brian Fraley202-225-3031202-225-3393
Jim Bunn (R-5-OR)Barbara Crapa202-225-5711202-225-2994
Sonny Callahan (R-1-AL)Nancy Tippins202-225-4931202-225-0562
Jay Dickey (R-AR)Brian Williams202-225-3772202-225-1314
Ron Packard (R-48-CA)Ray Mock202-225-3906202-225-0134
Ralph Regula (R-16-OH)Connie Veillettee202-225-3876202-225-3059
Frank Riggs (R-CA)Valerie Rogers202-225-3311202-225-3403
Harold Rogers (R-5-KY)Jennifer Miller202-225-4601202-225-0940
Joe Skeen (R-2-NM)Bruce Donisthorpe202-225-2365202-225-9599
Charles Taylor (R-11-NC)Caroline Choi202-225-6401202-225-0519
Barbara F. Vucanovich(R-NV) Dennis Parobek202-225-6155202-225-2319
James Walsh (R-25-NY)Art Jutton202-225-3701202-225-4042
Roger Wicker (R-MS)Spence Flatgard202-225-4306202-225-3549
Frank R. Wolf (R-10-VA)Janet Shaffron202-225-5136202-225-0437
Rodney P. Frelinghuysen(R-NJ) Robert LeGrande202-225-5034not public
Michael Forbes(R-1-NY)Jim Doran202-225-3826202-225-3143
Jack Kinston(R-1-GA)Cliff Humphrey202-225-5831202-225-2269
Thomas D. DeLay (R-22-TX)Monica Vega202-225-5951202-225-5241
David Obey (D-WI)Christine Hamilton202-225-3365202-225-3549
Mike Stephens202-225-3481202-225-9476
Marcy Kaptur (D-9-OH)Bobbie Jeanquart202-225-4146202-225-7711
Louis Stokes (D-OH)Fredette West202-225-7032202-225-1339
Tom Bevill (D-4-AL)Claudia Wear202-225-4876202-225-1604
Norman Dicks (D-6-WA)Pete Modaf202-225-5916202-225-1176
Vic Fazio (D-3-CA)Tim Terry202-225-5716not public
Richard J. Durbin(D-20-IL)Tom Faletti202-225-5271202-225-0170
Thomas Foglietta (D-1-PA)Barbara Zylinski202-225-4731202-225-0088
Steny H Hoyer (D-MD)Catriona McDonald202-225-4131202-225-8259
Alan B. Mollohan(D-1-WV)Jane Bobbitt202-225-4172202-225-7564
John P. Murtha (D-12-PA)Ray Landis202-225-2065202-225-5709
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)Steve Morin202-225-4965202-225-8259
Rita Lowey (D-NY)Jennifer Loray202-225-6506202-225-0546
Martin Olav Sabo (D-5-MN)Marjorie Duske202-225-4755202-225-4886
David Skaggs (D-2-CO)Stephen Saunders202-225-2161202-225-9127
Ray Thornton (D-2-AR)Ed Fry202-225-2506202-225-9273
Esteban Torres (D-34-CA)Phil Alperson202-225-5256202-225-9711
Peter J. Visclosky (D-1-IN)Cameron Griffith202-225-2461202-225-2493
Charles Wilson (D-2-TX)Laura Miller202-225-2401202-225-1764
Sidney R. Yates (D-9-IL)Mary Bain202-225-2111202-225-3493
W.G. Hefner (D-8-NC)Irene Schecter202-225-3715202-225-4036
Jukian C. Dixon (D-32-CA)Gwen Brown202-225-7084202-225-4091
Ronald Coleman (D-16-TX)Jose Luis Sanchez202-225-4831202-225-4825
Jim Chapman, Jr. (D-1-TX)Karen Greenwood202-225-3035202-225-7265

(Draft letter to Representatives)
(Use as an example)

June 7, 1996

The Honorable (name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative (name)

The AIDS epidemic is clearly moving toward women and communities of color. At this point in the course of the epidemic AIDS is the leading cause of death among all Americans between the ages of 25-44 which are the most productive years of any individual in society. Communities of color have been and will continue to be devastated by this disease. The only way we will be able to end the AIDS pandemic and save the lives of thousands of people of all colors and races is if we find a cure. This means more efficient AIDS research programs. In order to accomplish that there must be coordination, prioritization, strong financial support and commitment to AIDS research at the government level.

The House of Representatives sub-committee on appropriations for Labor, Health and Human Services will mark up their appropriations bill for FY 1997 by the week of June 10th to June 14th. Last year this sub-committee eliminated the consolidated budget authority of the Office of AIDS Research (OAR). Without the consolidated budget authority the OAR will not be able to efficiently coordinate all the AIDS research that is occurring among all the institutes at the National Institutes of Health.

Early this year an external panel of distinguished scientists and treatment advocates released a report with a comprehensive evaluation of the entire NIH HIV/AIDS research portfolio. This report known as the "Levine Report" is an impressive document in which critical recommendations were made to change, improve and speed up the development and progress of our nation's AIDS research effort. In order to implement the recommendations described in the "Levine Report", the OAR must retain control of the AIDS research budget. If the OAR doesn't retain this consolidated budget authority AIDS research will be set backwards and seriously delay our search for a cure.

The 24 NIH institutes are riddled with petty competition, backbiting and intra-institute politics. The Office of AIDS Research effectively eliminates conflict of interest within this critical, $1.4 billion program, which constitutes nearly 12% of the total NIH budget. Splitting AIDS funding among 24 institutes opens the entire AIDS research portfolio to political infighting. The Office of AIDS research is not a formula that promotes more bureaucracy, in the contrary it is a cost effective way for better coordination, prioritization and real scientific development of AIDS therapies.

We are hopeful that you will support us in the effort to save the lives of members of your constituency that are suffering from this horrible disease, by the restoration of the consolidated budget authority to the Office of AIDS Research. Now that this epidemic is devastating communities of color it is critical that, through coordinated AIDS Research, we find a way to guarantee the well-being and survival of these communities. Why dismiss AIDS research now, when the epidemic is clearly killing communities of color? Does the congress believe that these communities are dispensable?

Sincerely,



___________________
(your name and/or Organization)



  
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