We have just been notified that an important vote is taking place in the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee at 2:00pm today. We are opposing two amendments to S. 462, the Public Housing Reform and Responsibility Act of 1997, that have been sponsored by Sen. Rod Grams (R-MN):
Amendment #2 is particularly insidious, as many of the people who would suffer from it are people with AIDS. Collectively, they will have the effect of exacerbating several social ills, including homelessness, AIDS, tuberculosis, addiction, and crime. Even users in recovery will be harmed by this legislation. Whether or not you support public housing, we hope you will oppose the selective denial of benefits to this particularly persecuted group of people.
Please call the Committee at (202) 224-7391, and/or send a fax to the Majority Staff at (202) 224-5137 and the Minority Staff at (202) 224-2080, to express your opposition to these amendments. Please also contact the following Senators directly, especially Senators D'Amato and Grams:
PHONE FAX *Alfonse D'Amato, Chairman (R-NY) 224-6542 224-5871 *Rod Grams (R-MN) 224-3244 228-0956 Phil Gramm (R-TX) 224-2934 228-2856 Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) 224-5744 224-3416 Connie Mack (R-FL) 224-5274 224-8022 Lauch Faircloth (R-NC) 224-3154 224-7406 Robert F. Bennett (R-UT) 224-5444 224-4908 Wayne Allard (R-CO) 224-5852 224-1933 Michael B. Enzi (R-WY) 224-3424 Chuck Hagel (R-NE) 224-4224 224-5213 Paul S. Sarbanes (D-MD) 224-4524 224-1651 Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) 224-2823 224-1083 John F. Kerry (D-MA) 224-2742 224-8525 Richard H. Bryan (D-NV) 224-6244 224-1867 Barbara Boxer (D-CA) 224-3553 (415) 956-6701 Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL) 224-2854 228-1318 Tim Johnson (D-SD) 224-5842 228-0368 Jack Reed (D-RI) 224-4642 224-4680 (All numbers area code 202 except for Sen. Boxer's fax)
Some of the Senators have e-mail addresses, which can be accessed via the committee's web site at <http://www.senate.gov/committee/banking.html>. We don't know how regularly or reliably they check their e-mail, however, so we urge you to use phone or fax for this alert.
If you get this bulletin after 2:00pm, please respond anyway, as these votes are sometimes postponed.
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