Ask Congress to oppose cuts to domestic HIV/Hep and related programs in FY 2018

Congress is now beginning the process of crafting a final FY 2018 funding bill. Both the House and Senate have proposed to cut or eliminate several HIV programs, which would also impact hepatitis work within those programs. The House proposed to completely eliminate the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, cut SAMHSA’s Minority AIDS Initiative programs by $17.7 million, and eliminate the Title X and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs. The Senate has proposed to cut the Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS Program by $26 million. Both the Senate and House have proposed to increase funds for abstinence-only-until-marriage education.

Now, we must call on Congress to protect these programs and reject the cuts that have been proposed

The AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition (ABAC) has drafted a sign-on letter urging Congress to reject these proposed cuts and restore funding to those programs that were cut last year.

Consider signing your organization on to the attached letter from ABAC urging Congress to reject the proposed budget cuts and adequately fund domestic HIV and related programs in FY 2018.

If your organization would like to sign-on please click here.

The sign-on deadline is COB, Wednesday, October 25th.

If you are on the ABAC auto-sign-on list, your organization’s name is already included on the draft letter and you do not have to respond, but there is an option to remove your name from this letter. There is also an option to add your organization’s name to the auto-sign-on list and to be added to the ABAC listserv.

If you need assistance signing on to the letter, please contact Nick Armstrong at narmstrong@theaidsinstitute.org.

Please share this letter with your networks.

Thank you very much.

Carl Schmid
The AIDS Institute
cschmid@theaidsinstitute.org

Emily McCloskey
NASTAD
emccloskey@NASTAD.org

Carl Baloney, Jr.
AIDS United
cbaloney@aidsunited.org

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