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    ... From: Stop Global AIDS Action Network To: Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2003 2:06 PM Subject: CALL SENATE
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      From: "Stop Global AIDS Action Network" <alerts@...>
      To: <weber@...>
      Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2003 2:06 PM
      Subject: CALL SENATE MONDAY SEPT 8 SEND FAX~a7041u3043t0~


      > ACTION ALERT! SEPTEMBER 7, 2003
      >
      > HOW CAN YOU SAVE LIVES AND HELP STOP AIDS AROUND THE WORLD? --> CALL
      > YOUR SENATORS!!!
      >
      > CALL MONDAY SEPTEMBER 8 -- ! VOTE IS COMING UP ON TUESDAY
      >
      > ==> hit your reply button now to send a FAX to your Senators through
      > the STOPGLOBALAIDS website. BUT PLEASE ALSO CALL...IT TAKES JUST TWO
      > MINUTES!!
      >
      > Urge your Senators to support the Durbin amendment to the "Labor
      > HHS" spending bill, which would INCREASE spending for effective
      > global AIDS, TB and malaria programs to the full amount Congress
      > promised in May ($3 billion). This amendment CAN SAVE LIVES, but
      > only if it passes!
      >
      > ==> Members of Congress of all backgrounds need to be contacted --
      > we cannot write anyone off. AIDS is a *bipartisan* concern and key
      > funding decisions are being made that affect MILLIONS OF PEOPLE.
      > Everyone matters, especially when the full Senate is voting. BUT:
      > IF YOU LIVE IN THESE STATES WE ESPECIALLY NEED YOU TO ACT:
      > Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maine, Ohio, Tennessee, Rhode Island,
      > Louisiana, Nebraska, Arkansas, Delaware, Montana, Hawaii, Indiana,
      > South Carolina, Georgia.
      >
      > WHAT TO SAY: Call the US Senate at 202-225-3121 and ask for your
      > Senators by name. Then, ask to speak to the chief of staff or the
      > aide that handles foreign aid appropriations. Tell the aide how much
      > you care about the AIDS crisis, that you want to see a fully funded
      > response to the epidemic, and that you want to see the Senator vote
      > for the Durbin Amendment to the Labor HHS spending bill when it
      > comes to the floor of the Senate this week. Tell them that nothing
      > less than the full $3 billion in FY 2004 will be acceptable.
      >
      > Note: All Senators voted for a bill that *promised but did not
      > provide* $3 billion to fight AIDS, TB and malaria in FY 2004. Then,
      > while the President was in Africa, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
      > offered a non-binding "sense of the Senate" amendment in support of
      > fully funding the $3 billion which garnered 78 votes -- if your
      > Senator voted for this amendment, thank them and ask them to now
      > make good on this promise. If they voted against it, urge them to
      > change their position!
      >
      > You will find a list of how Senators voted on the Bingaman amendment
      > here (copy and paste this URL into your browser):
      >
      > www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm
      > ?congress=108&session=1&vote=00270
      >
      > ==> PLUS, STAY TUNED FOR A NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE
      > SEPTEMBER 16!! THEN, COME TO DC TO PERSONALLY LOBBY YOUR SENATORS
      > SEPTEMBER 29 AT THE NATIONAL LOBBY DAY TO STOP GLOBAL AIDS - as a
      > part of the AIDS Advocacy Conference! Info here:
      > www.globalaidsalliance.org/conference.html
      >
      > MORE BACKGROUND:
      >
      > The President intends to slowly phase in increased spending
      > (starting with just $2.035 billion in FY 2004 to fight AIDS, TB and
      > malaria and for AIDS research). Backed up by Senator Frist, he has
      > tried very hard in recent weeks to stop the Congress from approving
      > full funding. This is disastrous from a public health standpoint,
      > because the AIDS epidemic is expanding rapidly now and programs are
      > ready to use full funding. Also, the President's plan massively
      > underfunds one of the most effective ways to fight AIDS, TB and
      > Malaria, the Global Fund. The Fund has strong safeguards to ensure
      > funds are used appropriately. But the Fund is running out of money
      > it can provide to new programs and to sustain ones it has already
      > funded! The Durbin amendment would help fix both of these problems,
      > moving us in the direction of what we are asking from the US
      > government: a full and fair US contribution specifically for the
      > fight against AIDS in FY 2004 ($3.5 billion).
      >
      > THIS RECENT NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL SUMS UP THE SITUATION WELL:
      >
      > September 4, 2003
      >
      > Betraying the Sick in Africa
      >
      > There is an old joke about a man who kills his parents and then begs
      > the court for mercy because he is an orphan. For such chutzpah on a
      > global scale, consider President Bush's overseas AIDS initiative. In
      > his last State of the Union address, the president announced a new
      > program to fight AIDS in Africa and pledged $15 billion over the
      > next five years. But instead of using existing channels, Mr. Bush
      > created a new bureaucracy. Now the White House and Congressional
      > Republicans argue that since the bureaucracy is not ready, dying
      > patients must wait.
      >
      > The Senate is scheduled to vote soon on an appropriations bill that
      > contains $2 billion for the AIDS initiative ó only $500 million more
      > than this year's spending. The House has approved even less. This
      > is the White House's doing. It is twisting arms to get Congress to
      > cut its own program. The House and Senate had authorized $3 billion
      > for next year.
      >
      > This undercutting of trumpeted compassion initiatives is a habit
      > with the president because of his devotion to tax cuts for the
      > wealthy. But officials are arguing that AIDS money cannot be spent
      > wisely because the office of the AIDS coordinator -- and Africa ó
      > is not ready.
      >
      > Both assertions are nonsense. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
      > Tuberculosis and Malaria is besieged with excellent vetted proposals
      > from African nations desperate to fight AIDS. Multiple billions
      > could be effectively spent on AIDS prevention and treatment and
      > help for orphans. And countries that lack the ability to run good
      > programs need money to build that capacity. But the Global Fund is
      > too broke to help. If the administration cannot overcome its
      > mysterious distaste for this organization, it could simply take some
      > of the country proposals and finance them directly.
      >
      > Senator Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, is proposing to
      > restore the full $3 billion. The Senate should adopt this
      > amendment, then prevail upon the House. Several top Republicans,
      > including President Bush and the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist,
      > have recently been to Africa, where they hugged orphans and visited
      > the dying. If they break America's promise on AIDS, they will be
      > cynically using suffering Africans as nothing more than a photo
      > opportunity.
      >
      > ====
      >
      > Other recent editorials are summarized here:
      >
      > http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=19681
      >
      > Encourage others to call for an end to the global AIDS crisis
      > by joining the Stop Global AIDS Action Network at
      > http://takeaction.stopglobalaids.org/join.asp
      > And, be sure to visit our Partner Groups at
      > http://www.stopglobalaids.com/partners/index.html
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