Call Your Senators to Sign on to Support PEPFAR & The Global Fund

The White House is expected to release a proposed FY 2018 budget next week, and early leaks indicate the requested amounts for PEPFAR and the Global Fund will be dangerously low. Now more than ever, it is critical that members of the U.S. Senate demonstrate the will to fight for full funding for the global AIDS response.

Senators Isakson and Coons have circulated a bipartisan 'Dear Colleague' letter to Support PEPFAR, the President’s Global AIDS Initiative, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in FY18It is critical that a record number of Senators sign on, and we need your help to reach out to them.

Appropriators in Congress have said nothing publicly to either assure voters they will fully fund them with a needed increase of $700 million for 2018, nor that they will even protect PEPFAR and Global Fund from deadly cuts. To learn more, check out this post on our blog.

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WHAT TO SAY
"Hello, my name is _______ and I live in (STATE). I am concerned about funding to end the global AIDS epidemic. I’m calling today to ask the Senator to sign onto the bipartisan 'Dear Colleague' letter to Support PEPFAR, the President’s Global AIDS Initiative, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in FY18. Will the Senator sign on? It would show a commitment to fully funding PEPFAR and the Global Fund to end the epidemic by 2030."

 

IF THEY SAY ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE LETTER...
“It is from Senators Johnny Isakson and Chris Coons. Would you like me to email you a copy?”
[If they say YES, ask for their email address, then download and send the letter
"To sign onto the letter, please contact Ryan_Evans@isakson.senate.gov or Christy_Gleason@coons.senate.gov"

 

ASK FOR A FOLLOW-UP...
"I would appreciate if you could follow up with me and let me know if the Senator will sign. I can be reached at [provide your contact info]. The closing date for this letter is COB Friday, May 26, 2017. Thank you."

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