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Here's an important action alert from our colleagues at National Network to End Domestic Violence
Urge Key Senators to Support Increased Funding for Domestic Violence Services!
Congress is finalizing the funding bills for fiscal year 2010. The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have passed separate funding bills and now must reconcile their bills into one before sending it to the President. The House passed a higher funding amount for Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) - which is the only federal funding dedicated to domestic violence services and shelters.
Act now to preserve the higher funding amount in the final bill!
FVPSA is at the heart of our nation's response to domestic violence, providing emergency, lifesaving services to victims and their children. When victims who face life-threatening abuse reach out for help, we must make sure they have the resources and support they need to be safe and secure. Yet, during the economic downturn many domestic violence programs are struggling to meet the increased demand for life-saving services as their budgets are shrinking. FVPSA funding is needed now more than ever!
Take Action Now!
Call these key Senators today and urge them to allocate at least $133.7 million (the funding level passed by the House) for FVPSA. These Senators have leadership roles on the Appropriations Committee and play a vital role in determining funding levels.
Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) - 202.224.3934
Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) - 202.224.3254
Chairman of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee.
Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) - 202.224.5054
Ranking Member of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee.
Never called a Member of Congress before? Don't worry, it's easy!
Your call will be answered by a receptionist. Tell her or him:
"Hello, my name is _____."
"I strongly urge Senator [last name] to fund the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) at $133.7 million, the funding level passed by the House.
"FVPSA is the only dedicated source of federal funding for vital lifesaving services to victims of domestic violence and their children and needs to be increased to meet the growing demand for services."
If you have time, also share a story about how domestic violence services have positively impacted your community.
After you've made the call, please send us a quick note to let us know you've made the call and tell us how it went! We'd especially like to hear from you if this is your first time making a call to Congress - let us know what that was like for you - you words will inspire others! Send your follow up email to email@example.com
Thank you for being a voice for survivors of domestic violence.
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have included funding for FVPSA in their Appropriations (funding) bills and now these two bills need to be combined into one bill for the President to sign. The House has requested more funding than the Senate and it is vital we secure the House's funding amount in the final bill!
Earlier this year the House and Senate both passed separate Appropriations bills. Critical decisions are being made now as the two bills are being combined into the final bill for the President to sign.
Facts on FVPSA
Thanks for your quick action on this.
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