Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Fraudulent Letter Sent to Members of Congress Using Pelosi Letterhead

July 27, 1999

A counterfeit letter using the letterhead and the signature of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was sent to Members of the House of Representatives over the weekend misstating Pelosi's position on a request sent to the General Accounting Office. Pelosi is informing her colleagues of the fraudulent nature of the letter and is forwarding it to the proper authorities for investigation.

The counterfeit letter makes reference to a request sent to the General Accounting Office (GAO) by Pelosi and seven other members of Congress earlier in July. The GAO letter requests an audit of federal AIDS programs in order to identify the role these programs play in delivery of therapeutic drugs, medical care and support services to people with HIV/AIDS.

"I am absolutely convinced that any objective and thorough review of federally funded AIDS programs will find that the overwhelming majority of these services are high quality, cost effective, and essential to the appropriate care of thousands of people with AIDS," Pelosi said.

The fraudulent letter falsely characterizes Pelosi's GAO request as being motivated by concerns over use of AIDS funds, when the request actually focuses on identifying the critical role of AIDS programming.

"We are fighting a national and international health crisis, and there are people who would attempt to undermine that effort," Pelosi said. "Increased numbers of people living with AIDS and HIV make AIDS care and treatment programs more important than ever. With waiting lists in at least 10 state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, now is no time to abandon our commitment in the fight against AIDS."

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