AUTHOR: BRAVEEN RAGUNANTHAN
Rep. Hal Rogers (House Appropriations Chairman) — (202) 225-4601
Sen. Daniel Inouye (Senate Appropriations Chairman) – (202) 224.3934
Sen. Harry Reid (Senate Majority Leader – 202-224-3542
Sen. Patrick Leahy (Senate State and Foreign Operations) – (202) 224-4242
We think we can get 100 calls to each of those 4 offices – can you help? Call, then ask your roommate to call.
Here’s a script you can use, but please feel free to modify based on your own personal experiences or the reasons that global health funding is important to you. When you call, just deliver this message (in a personable way) to the person at the desk – they’ll keep track, and with 100 calls in a day, we’ll definitely get on their radar!
“Hi, my name is _____ and I’m a student at _____. I’m calling with regards to life-saving funding for AIDS treatment around the world. Because of the last-minute increase in defense spending, funding for global health programs are in extreme danger. We now have the science to end the AIDS epidemic, but if Congress prioritizes the military over saving lives, we’ll lose our chance. I’m asking that Senator/Representative ____ protect global health funding for PEPFAR from cuts caused by an increase in spending on defense contractors. Protect global health funding for PEPFAR in the state and foreign operations bill!”
(For Representative Rogers/Senator Inouye, you can add that you want them to keep the $300 million for the Global Fund for AIDS, TB, and Malaria in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill.)
The calls will take less than a minute. You could do all four of them in a quick finals study break! Will you help? I know now is a busy time with exams – we’re all scrambling to finish the semester strong. But this will be the most important study break you take all day.