Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Uses Leadership Position to Include Constituent Priorities in FY 99 Omnibus Bill

October 20, 1998

As a member of the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations subcommittee and as the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) fought for, and won, significant funding gains in programs of interest and concern to her constituents in San Francisco.

On the Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee, Rep. Pelosi worked to include important reform language promoting transparency and accountability as part of the $18 billion dollars for the International Monetary Fund. She also worked to ensure that the liberalization of investment was not included as a condition for the release of the IMF funds.

"The bill calls upon the Administration to seek and obtain many important policy changes at the IMF in areas such as labor rights, environmental protection, changing investor expectations about official rescues, and taking social conditions into account in loan programs." Pelosi said.

The FY 99 Omnibus Appropriations bill also includes:

Some of the most significant gains were achieved in the area of AIDS funding:

With the support of House and Senate Democrats, President Clinton succeeded in finally getting Republicans to agree to some of the key points of the Democratic agenda. "After hammering the Republicans for a year on the importance of smaller classes, they agreed to support the hiring of 100,000 new teachers. California will receive $129 million for hiring new teachers, and from that San Francisco will receive $1.5 million to reduce class size--that's the good news. But the GOP leadership continued its opposition to school modernization, increasing the minimum wage, HMO reform, tobacco legislation and campaign finance reform," Pelosi said.

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