Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Votes for Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Wins Funding for National Priorities and San Francisco Projects

November 19, 1999

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) yesterday voted for the final omnibus appropriation bill for fiscal year 2000. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 296-135 vote. Despite a weakening of international family planning programs, the bill contains significant funding for AIDS prevention and treatment services and other programs that Pelosi fought for during consideration of the measure.

As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Pelosi successfully fought for significant increases in several federal programs:

  • a $20 million increase (to $695 million) for HIV Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC);
  • a $80 million increase (to $245 million) for the Minority AIDS Initiative;
  • a $5 million increase (to $26 million) for the Environmental Health Laboratory at the CDC;
  • a $67 million increase for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (to $528 million).

    Pelosi also achieved an additional $2.5 million in funding for specific projects in San Francisco:

  • $1 million for the City's drug treatment on demand program;
  • $750,000 for the Life Learning Academy Charter School;
  • $350,000 for a national AIDS treatment hotline at the University of California at San Francisco AIDS Education Training Center;
  • $250,000 for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center;
  • $150,000 for Larkin Street Youth Center.

    The bill also funds the 2000 Census, United Nations dues, and a total of $50.2 million for the Presidio. The Asia Foundation will receive $8.25 million.

    As the senior Democrat serving on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Pelosi fought successfully for debt relief for the world's poorest countries, the Wye River funding for the Middle East Peace, and increased assistance to African and Latin American countries.

    Representative Pelosi also fought for funding the United Nations arrears. However, the Republican majority in the House of Representatives insisted on attaching limitations on our international family planning efforts as a condition for paying our U.N. dues.

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