Action Alert: Call Your Senators to Save HIV/AIDS Funding

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO PROTECT AND EXPAND FUNDING FOR HIV/AIDS, TB AND MALARIA! 

In the next week, both the U.S. House of Congress and the Senate will be taking action on the section of the budget that allocates money to fight global AIDS, TB and Malaria. The subcommittees for State and Foreign Operations will be voting on their specific appropriations bill, before it moves up to a vote in the full House and Senate. The House is scheduled to vote on THIS FRIDAY, JULY 19TH, while the Senate is likely to vote next week, as early as TUESDAY, JULY 23RDThe full committee mark-up will take place on July 25th

In the next few days, we need all hands on deck to remind the appropriators on the State and Foreign Operations Subcommitees that funding for HIV/AIDS and global health is crucial to saving lives across the world. 

CALL THE CONGRESS MEMBERS AND SENATORS ON THE STATE AND FOREIGN OPERATIONS SUBCOMITEES TODAY! 

Do you live in the district of any of the legislators below? GLOBAL HEALTH JUSTICE GOLD STAR AWARD If you can make phone calls, AND set up an in-person meeting with the staff of your legislator either in district or in DC. 

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CALL IN SCRIPT:

First, ask to speak to the person in the office who works on "foreign operations appropriations and global health issues". Record the name of the person you speak with, and jot down their answer. 

"My name is __________ and I am calling from (      town, state            ) and am a member of    (your organization, school chapter, church or service provider group). As you've seen previously, science has shown us that increasing the number of people on HIV treatment will turn the corner and bring an end to the global AIDS epidemic, stop HIV infections and give a normal productive life to people already living with the virus. We need you to stand up and lead the effort to finish the bipartisan work started by President Bush and continued by President Obama, by fully funding PEPFAR and the Global Fund during the upcoming      [House/Senate]      Foreign Operations Appropriation votes. Will you propose or at least vote for $4.58 Billion for PEPFAR and $1.65 Billion for the Global Fund in committee? Will you and   [the member of congress]    meet with us during the August recess to discuss this further? Creating an AIDS-free generation is a big priority for the US around the world, and for us here back home."

After you call, email us to let us know! Email this or any questions or comments to Paul Davis at pdavis@healthgap.org

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Below is a list of important legislators. These are the most important targets to call right now.  Call Congressional Representatives today FIRST, then move on to the Senators! The most important targets are in bold.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: 
State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee Members to Call 
Republicans

• Kay Granger, Texas, Chairwoman: TOP PRIORITY - (202) 225-5071 | (817( 338-0909 

• Frank Wolf, Virginia - (202) 225-5136 | (703) 709-5800

• Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida (202) 225-4211 | (305) 470-8555

• Charles Dent, Pennsylvania - (202) 225-6411 | (610) 770-3490 

• Ander Crenshaw, Florida - (202) 225-2501 | (904) 598-0481

• Jack Kingston, Georgia-  (202) 225-5831 | (912) 352-0101

• Kevin Yoder, Kansas - (202) 225-2865 | (913) 621 0832

Democrats

• Nita Lowey, New York, Ranking Member: TOP PRIORITY (202) 225-6506 | (914) 428-1707

• Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida - (202) 225-7931 | (954) 437-3936

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SENATE: 

State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee Members to Call 

Democrats

• Senator Patrick Leahy (Chairman) (VT): TOP PRIORITY - (202) 224-4242 | (802) 863-2525 

• Senator Tom Harkin (IA) - (202) 224-3254 | (515) 284-4574

• Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD): priority (chair of the overall Appropriations Committee) - (202) 224-4654 |(410) 962-4510

• Senator Dick Durbin (IL) - (202) 224-2152 | (312) 353- 4952 

• Senator Mary Landrieu (LA) - (202) 224-5824 | (337) 436-6650 

• Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH) -  (202) 224-2841 | (603) 647-7500

• Senator Mark Begich (AK) - (202) 224-3004 | (907) 271-5915

• Senator Chris Coons (DE) - (202) 224-5042 | (302) 573-6345 

Republicans

• Senator Lindsey Graham (Ranking) (SC): TOP PRIORITY   (202) 224-5972 | (864) 250-1417 

• Senator Mark Kirk (IL): (202) 224-2854

 


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