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From our friends at the Student Global AIDS Campaign

Hey folks,

Yesterday both the House and Senate State and Foreign Operations subcommittees (SFOPS) marked-up their appropriations bills. The House has done what we were asking for FY’15 – they have moved the $300M that cannot be appropriated to the Global Fund right now into PEPFAR (therefore, global AIDS isn’t losing that money, and global AIDS is level funded from the current budget through to next year).

However, the Senate has NOT moved the $300m over to PEPFAR. That $$ has disappeared from the global AIDS portfolio in the Senate bill. We’re losing $300M —particularly devastating on top of $600m in cuts to PEPFAR since 2010.

We have until THURSDAY to get to appropriators on the Senate side to introduce an amendment to the bill. Sen. Mikulski is chair of the Approps Committee.

Here’s what we need to do:

1. Call Senator Mikulski’s office to demand that she prevent the funding cut to Global AIDS. Call in script below

Sen Mikulski’s DC office: 202 224 4654

Hi, my name is —————————————— and I’m calling to urge Senator Mikulski to protect global HIV/AIDS programs from the funding cut that has been proposed in the Senate Foreign Operations Subcommittee. The loss of $300M to the global AIDS portfolio plus years of additional cuts to PEPFAR are harming our effort to reach an AIDS-Free Generation. This Thursday in the Appropriations Committee, will the Senator ensure that the $300M that has been cut from global AIDS from FY14 levels is put back into the FY15 PEPFAR program?”

2. Call Senator Coon’s office. Call In script below:

Coons DC office: 202 224 5042

Hi, my name is ————————— and I’m calling Senator Coons to protect global HIV/AIDS programs from the funding cut that has been proposed in the Senate yesterday. The loss of $300M to the global AIDS portfolio that was proposed by Appropriations Subcommittee members yesterday will be devastating to lifesaving global AIDS programs, and comes after years of additional cuts to PEPFAR since 2010. I have admired the Senator’s commitment to global health, and urge [him/her] to do everything possible to ensure that this funding cut against FY14 is not implemented. Will the Senator introduce an amendment this Thursday in the Appropriations Committee to the State and Foreign Operations bill that ensures the $300M is not cut entirely, but rather redirected from multilateral programs into the PEPFAR program?

3. If you feel like it, and particularly if you are in any of their districts, do the same thing with any of these appropriators:

Tom Harkin Iowa – 202-224-3254
Richard J. Durbin, Illinois – 202-224-2152
Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana – 202-224-5824
Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire – 202-224-2841
Mark Begich Alaska – 202-224-3004
Chris Coons, Delaware – 202-224-5042
Mark Kirk, Illinois – 202-228-4611
Diane Feinstein, CA 202 224 3841

Let’s go team! Let us know when you make calls!

Amirah Sequeira
National Coordinator
Student Global AIDS Campaign