Week of July 14, 2003

» Please view the "Weekly Whip" outlining the Floor Schedule for the week of July 14, 2003.

Floor items that you may want to do press on:

  • Motion to go to Conference on H.R. 1 - GOP Medicare Prescription Drug Bill - Motion to Instruct Conferees. 
  • H.R. 1950 - Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005
  • H.R. 2210 - School Readiness Act of 2003

Special Note: If you have not done so already, please begin planning a "PrescriptionDrugTown HallMeeting" in your District for Saturday, July 19th as a part of the HOUSE DEMOCRATS' NATIONAL DAY OF TOWN HALL MEETINGS.  The House Democratic Leadership is encouraging all members to participate to increase national and local attention to Democrats' fight for seniors on this important issue.  A "How To" packet is attached.


Motion to go to Conference on H.R. 1 - GOP Medicare Prescription Drug Bill - Motion to Instruct Conferees. 

The House is expected to appoint conferees to H.R. 1 on Monday and Democrats will be offering a motion to instruct conferees that they reject the House-passed provision turning Medicare into a voucher in 2010 and to accept the Senate-passed provisions requiring a federal "fallback" prescription drug benefit.  This provides a good opportunity to send out a short statement to your district supporting the motion's principles, reiterating the Democratic message on prescription drugs (see attached Town Hall Packet) and touting your July 19th Town Hall.

H.R. 1950 - Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005

It is anticipated that an amendment will be offered by Congressman Chris Smith to strike the amendment Congressman Joe Crowley succeeded in adding to H.R. 1950 in committee to restore funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). 

UNFPA is the single largest global source of multilateral funding for maternal health and family planning programs. The agency is supported by 136 donor countries around the world and supports programs in 150 developing countries. UNFPA programs:

*       Help mothers deliver healthy babies through pre-natal care and safe-delivery kits and counseling;

*       Enable couples to determine the number and spacing of their children through the voluntary use of safe modern contraception; and

*       Reduce the incidence and prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

UNFPA does not provide abortion or abortion services anywhere in the world. Not one penny of UNFPA funding is used to promote abortion.

All UNFPA activities are based solely on voluntary participation. UNFPA rejects coercion in any form in its activities, and works to end coercive practices by others.

Please review the attached materials provided by the Office of Congressman Crowley for assistance in doing press on this issue:

  • A press release regarding the adoption of the Crowleyamendment in committee
  • A Crowley-Maloney Dear Colleague on UNFPA activities
  • A fact sheet on the UNFPA funding

H.R. 2210 - School Readiness Act of 2003

H.R. 2210 is the Republican proposal to reauthorize the Head Start program, the landmark federal early childhood program that provides more than 900,000 low-income children with comprehensive educational, medical, dental, and nutritional services.  The Republican bill would turn a successful, federal-to-local program into a state-led experiment on low-income children.

Republicans want the public to believe their legislation won't harm the future of Head Start. But, their legislation and press releases on the reauthorization of the Head Start Act (H.R. 2210) are filled with empty rhetoric and just provide another example of the credibility gap between what they say and what they do.

Whether 8 states or 50, Title II of the Republican bill is a block grant that establishes no real system for ensuring quality, comprehensive services, accountability or performance.  It has been denounced by thousands of constituents, many editorial boards, dozens of groups and all Democratic Members of the Education and Workforce Committee.

Please see the attached materials provided by the Education and Workforce Committee Democrats to help you do press in support of the Democratic principles on this legislation and in opposition to the Republican bill:

  • Fact Sheet
  • Outline of Democratic Principles
  • Summary of Key Problems with the Republican Bill
  • Myths and Facts

In addition, the Education and Workforce Committee Democrats are constantly updating the committee website with new information.

View Attachments Bundled Together in a PDF File