Serrano Opens 111th Congress with Bill to Lift the Federal Syringe Exchange Ban
Urge Your US Representative to Co-Sponsor HR 179, the Community AIDS and Hepatitis Prevention Act of 2009
In the bid to have the issue out in front with an early introduction, Representative Jose Serrano has re-introduced HR 179, Community AIDS and Hepatitis Prevention (CAHP) Act of 2009 in the 111th Congress. HR 179, introduced on January 6 with 28 original co-sponsors in the House, would eliminate all laws which prevent federal funding from being used by state and local jurisdictions for syringe exchange.
Now we need to find as many additional co-sponsors as possible for this legislation. Please send an email today urging your Representative to co-sponsor the CAHP Act of 2009, and encourage your friends, families and networks to do the same. Through the webform below, your letter will automatically be directed to your member of Congress. You can either send the pre-written letter provided, amend it, or write your own. If your Representative already has co-sponsored, please write a note of appreciation.
H. R. 179- To permit the use of Federal funds for syringe exchange programs for purposes of reducing the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, including HIV and viral hepatitis. (To see the full text go here.)
Original cosponsors are:Mr. SERRANO (for himself), Mr. ABERCROMBIE, Mr. BERMAN, Mr. CAPUANO, Ms. CHRISTENSEN, Mr. DELAHUNT, Mr. FARR, Mr. FATTAH, Mr. FILNER, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. HARE, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. JACKSON of Illinois, Mr. KUCINICH, Ms. LEE, Ms. MALONEY, Ms. MCCOLLUM of Minnesota, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. MORAN of Virginia, Mr. NADLER, Ms. NORTON, MR. PAUL, Mr. RANGEL, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. TOWNS, Ms. WATERS, Mr. WAXMAN, and Ms. WOOLSEY)