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Senate Will Debate House Version of Labor/HHS Appropriations bill for
FY2002 Tuesday, Oct. 30
Your Calls to the Senate Urgently Needed to Protect AIDS Programs

As Senate offices slowly begin to re-open after the recent anthrax scares,your U.S. Senators will debate and vote on the funding levels for federal
HIV/AIDS programs passed by the House (H.R. 3061).

Neither the House nor the Senate versions of the bill include sufficient funds for a comprehensive strategy to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic that includes treatment, prevention, housing, and research. Although there is talk of providing additional funding for HIV/AIDS programs in the much promoted "economic stimulus" package, there is no guarantee that this will happen. And, any dollars included outside of the regular appropriations process will not be factored into the base amounts used as the starting point for the next funding year (2003), virtually guaranteeing an even steeper uphill battle next year.

ACTION NEEDED:
It is crucial that Senators hear from people living with HIV and AIDS, service providers, family members, friends and supporters on Monday,
October 29th. Calls from constituents to Senators who sit on the Senate Appropriations Committee are especially vital. We do not know if there will
be a future conference between the House and Senate bills. Either way, we must reach these key Senators and make them understand that federal
HIV/AIDSprograms must be funded at levels of need.

1.Call your two U.S. Senators with this message:
"In this time of great uncertainty, people living with HIV and AIDS need you to provide strong leadership. Federal HIV/AIDS programs must be funded at the highest levels possible to ensure that the health care and social support needs of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children
living with HIV and AIDS are met in fiscal year 2002. Your vote is a conscious decision between life and death for people with HIV and AIDS."
*Please note: As of Friday, Oct. 26th, the Hart Senate Office Building remains closed. You may find it necessary to contact one or both of your
U.S. Senators in your local district office. To contact Senators with offices in the Dirksen and Russell buildings, call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or toll-free at 1-800-648-3516 and ask to be transferred to their offices.

*We have compiled a list below by state of the 51 U.S. Senators whose assigned offices are in the Hart Senate Building. If you live in one of the states listed below, please contact the named U.S. Senator in his/her local office. You can find the phone number of the local office in the "Blue Pages" (government pages) of your local phone book. Or you can call Project Vote Smart toll-free at 1-888-VOTE-SMART for the information. (It's a long list - sorry - please keep scrolling)

2.Share this Action Alert with your friends, family, and co-workers, and urge them to take action too!

3.Go to My Actions! at the NAPWA website
(http://www.napwa.org/my_actions.htm) and let us know you took action!

Senators with Offices in Hart Building:
AK Frank Murkowski
AK Ted Stevens
AL Richard C. Shelby
AR Blanche Lambert Lincoln
AZ Jon Kyl
CA Barbara Boxer
CA Dianne Feinstein
CT Joseph I. Lieberman
DE Thomas Carper
FL Bob Graham
FL Bill Nelson
HI Daniel K. Akaka
HI Daniel K.Inouye
IA Charles E. Grassley
IA Tom Harkin
ID Larry E. Craig
IN Richard G. Lugar
KS Sam Brownback
KS Pat Roberts
KY Jim Bunning
LA John B.Breaux
LA Mary L. Landrieu
MD Barbara A.Mikulski
MD Paul S. Sarbanes
MI Debbie Stabenow
MN Paul David Wellstone
MO Jean Carnahan
MT Max Baucus
ND Kent Conrad
ND Byron L. Dorgan
NE Ben Nelson
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Jeff Bingaman
NM Pete V.Domenici
NV Harry Reid
NY Charles E. Schumer
OH George V. Voinovich
OK Don Nickles
OR Ron Wyden
PA Arlen Specter
RI Jack Reed
SD Tom Daschle
SD Tim Johnson
UT Orrin G. Hatch
VT James M. Jeffords
WA Maria Cantwell
WI Russell D. Feingold
WI Herb Kohl
WV Robert C. Byrd
WV John D. Rockefeller
WY Craig Thomas

Key Senators -- Sit on Appropriations Committee
AK Ted Stevens - Ranking Member
AL Richard C. Shelby
CA Dianne Feinstein
CO Ben Nighthorse Campbell
HI Daniel K. Inouye
IA Tom Harkin
ID Larry E. Craig
IL Richard Durbin
KY Mitch McConnell
LA Mary L. Landrieu
MD Barbara A. Mikulski
MO Christopher S. Bond
MS Thad Cochran
MT Conrad R. Burns
ND Byron L. Dorgan
NH Judd Gregg
NM Pete V. Domenici
NV Harry Reid
OH Mike DeWine
PA Arlen Specter
RI Jack Reed
SC Ernest F. Hollings
SD Tim Johnson
TX Kay Bailey Hutchison
UT Robert F. Bennett
VT Patrick J. Leahy
WA Patty Murray
WI Herb Kohl
WV Robert C. Byrd - Chair


For more information, please contact:

Jean-Michel Brevelle
Associate Director for Policy
NAPWA
1413 K St, NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
202/898-0414 ext. 124
202/898-0435 fax
jmbrevelle@napwa.org
http://www.napwa.org/

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[This message was edited by Rose Royalle on 12-17-01 at 06:54 AM.]
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