Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Major Progress Made on Ryan White Act Reauthorization; "Hold Harmless" Funding Formula For San Francisco Greatly Improved

September 14, 2000

WASHINGTON – Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) praised the work of her House colleagues, Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA), Thursday in successfully crafting language in the reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act that greatly improves the "hold harmless" funding formula for San Francisco.

"After weeks of intense discussions, we have been able to ‘hold harmless’ San Francisco from most of the changes in the funding formula," Pelosi said. "Not only will Congress achieve the reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act -- the lifesaving law that provides needed serves for low-income, uninsured and underinsured persons living with AIDS – but it greatly reduces the impact on San Francisco. While I am pleased with our success on the Commerce Committee, I am committed to restoring the even lower figure on the Appropriations Committee on which I serve."

Originally, opponents of the hold harmless provision attempted to cut the City’s funding by nearly $40 million over the five-year reauthorization period. Then, working with negotiators from the House and Senate, Pelosi and her allies were able to reduce the negative impact on San Francisco to only 15 percent – about $7.5 million --over five years.

"Our community owes a debt of thanks to our California colleagues, Reps. Eshoo and Waxman, for their work in ensuring that the San Francisco Bay Area receives adequate funding to care for our people with HIV/AIDS," Pelosi said. "Reauthorizing the Ryan White bill is one of the most important accomplishments that Congress can make this year. After today’s agreement, we are one step closer to that goal."