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Action Alert: Balanced Budget Amendment


AIDS TREATMENT NEWS #216, February 12, 1995

The future of AIDS research, prevention, human rights, and care will depend on how well we explain the need to the larger public, and also on how well we establish a grassroots culture in which tens of thousands of people regularly speak out to their elected representatives, the media, and others, as a part of everyday life. Today, if you live in California or one of other 15 states listed below, your calls to one or both of your Senators are especially important; also get friends living in those states to call.

The U.S. Senate may vote next week on a "balanced budget" amendment to the U.S. Constitution; the House has already passed it. The bottom line is that a balanced-budget amendment will hurt people who need help, including people with AIDS. Also, the Constitution should not be changed without good reason; the deficit has already been reduced by almost half since 1992, without changing the Constitution; and many economists believe that the Federal government needs the flexibility of deficit spending to help people during recessions, stabilizing the economy in the process. This attempt to change the Constitution is being rammed through before people have a chance to understand the consequences. Call or write your Senators and ask them to OPPOSE the balanced budget amendment.

On February 11 the AIDS Action Council listed the following Senators as especially important, because they are undecided or not firm about how they will vote. The vote will be close; if you live in any of these states, call the Capitol at 202/224-3121, ask for your Senator's office, and ask them to vote NO on the balanced budget amendment. [Note: The busy office staff will seldom ask why you are opposed; they just need to get the count of those who call for and against. If the receptionist does ask, you could say that you are concerned about AIDS funding -- or about changing the Constitution unnecessarily.] Alaska: Ted Stevens (R-AK) California: Diane Feinstein (D-CA) Delaware: Joe Biden (D-DE) Georgia: Sam Nunn (D-GA) Iowa: Tom Harkin (D-IA) Kentucky: Wendell Ford (D-KY) Louisiana: John Breaux (D-LA) Maryland: Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Massachusetts: John Kerry (D-MA) Montana: Max Baucus (D-MT) Nevada: Harry Reid (D-NV) New Mexico: Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) North Dakota: Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan Rhode Island: Clairborne Pell (D-RI) South Dakota: Tom Daschle (D-SD) Vermont: Jim Jeffords (R-VT)


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Information in this article was accurate in February 12, 1995. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.