LEGISLATIVE ALERT
Emergency Global Leadership
June 20, 2005

The PAC just received this ALERT on June 20, 2005. We realize that the notice has a very short lead-time, since the House floor discussion is now in progress, however your action will impact on the outcome. The Polish American Congress works closely with the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign and supports their legislative actions, since the issues concern us all. In this case we urge full support for the State Department Operations request, urging support for any restoring amendments and urging House Members to oppose any cutting amendments. We urge you to place a phone call or fax to your Representative, using the attached "Sample Phone " message. You may obtain the phone number of your Representative by calling: 202-224-3121. Thank you for your cooperation. U.S. Global Leadership Campaign Emergency Legislative Update: June 14, 2005. Take Action to Oppose Cuts to State Department Funding in the Science-State-Justice Appropriations Bill for FY 2006

BACKGROUND

Today the full House of Representatives will consider, HR 2862, Science-State-Justice Appropriations for FY 2006. This bill contains $9.7 billion in funding for State Department Operations as part of the U.S. International Affairs Budget, 3% below the Administration’s request for FY2006. Yesterday, the Campaign sent a letter to all Members of the House urging full support for the State Operations request, urging support for any restoring amendments and urging Members to oppose any cutting amendments. We are expecting this morning an amendment to be offered by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) to increase funding for local law enforcement and offset that increase by an across the board cut for funding to the State Department. This cut would affect funding for public diplomacy, educational scholarships, cultural exchanges, international broadcasting, funding for our embassies and diplomats.

ACTION REQUESTED

We ask you to place calls or fax on letterhead to House offices to oppose any cuts to State Department Funding. A sample message is attached below. A list of House offices with phone and fax numbers is attached to this email.

SAMPLE PHONE MESSAGE TO HOUSE OFFICES

I am calling to urge you to fully support the level of $9.7 billion for U.S. State Department Operations when HR 2862 is considered by the full House. I urge you to support any restoring amendments and oppose any cutting amendments to the level of funding for State Operations. At this time of monumental global challenges for the United States, we must fully fund the International Affairs Budget to meet those challenges. Please support the full State Operations request this year to continue investments in our future security and prosperity.

SAMPLE FAX MESSAGE TO HOUSE OFFICES

We are writing to urge you to fully support the level of $9.7 billion for U.S. State Department Operations when HR 2862 is considered by the full House. We furthermore urge you to support any restoring amendments and oppose any cutting amendments to the level of funding for State Operations. The amount designated in the bill for State Operations already stands 11% less than current levels for Fiscal Year 2005 and 3% less than President Bush’s request. At this time of monumental global challenges for the United States, we must fully fund the International Affairs Budget to meet those challenges. A growing consensus from policymakers, national security experts, business leaders are calling for increased investment in the programs of the International Affairs Budget as essential tools in protecting our national security, promoting our economic prosperity, and advancing our humanitarian values. As the 9/11 Commissioners wrote in their report to the nation, ``long-term success demands the use of all elements of national power: diplomacy, intelligence, covert action, law enforcement, economic policy, foreign aid, public diplomacy and homeland defense.'' Funding of our international broadcasting, public diplomacy, educational and cultural exchanges help shape the image of United States around the world and are funded by this spending bill. Our ability to address crises before they emerge hinge on properly funding and securing our foreign service officers and embassies and missions around the world –the “first line of offense” for America. Moreover, U.S. businesses are behind full funding of this budget. In an April 28 letter to Congressional Leaders, 32 leading businesses wrote to urge full funding of the FY06 International Affairs Budget: "Only when our embassy personnel are properly staffed and equipped can they tackle the issues that affect American businesses around the globe… American businesses need a strong, worldwide U.S. diplomatic presence and the policy tools to help fight the war on terrorism and create a stable environment across the globe.” After a decade of the U.S dangerously under-funding this account, the Administration and Congress have made important strides by investing in these programs for the last several years. Despite this critical reinvestment, we are still spending almost 25% less in real terms than we did in 1985. Please support the full State Operations request this year to continue investments in our future security and prosperity. Sincerely, Name Organization/Business Contact Info

OTHER POTENTIAL AMENDMENTS TO BE
OFFERED ON THE FLOOR TODAY

REPS. CAROLYN B. MALONEY, D-N.Y., and JOSEPH CROWLEY, D-N.Y., will offer an amendment that prohibits the use of funds in the bill to enforce any provision of law that restricts or prohibits funding for the United Nations Population Fund. (Staff Contact: Jennifer Keaton, 202-225-7944) REP. RON PAUL, R-Texas, will offer the following amendments: (Staff Contact: Daniel McAdams, 202-225-2831) An amendment that prohibits the use of funds in the bill to pay any U.S. contribution to the United Nations (U.N.) or any affiliated agency of the U.N. An amendment that prohibits the use of funds in the bill to be used by the U.N. to develop, publicize, implement or impose a tax or fee on U.S. citizens to raise revenue for the U.N. or any of its agencies. REP. CLIFF STEARNS, R-Fla., will offer the following amendments: (Staff Contact: 202-225-5744) An amendment that prohibits the use of funds for the design, construction or rental of any new headquarters for the U.N. in New York City or any other location in the United States. REP. JOEL HEFLEY, R-Colo., will offer an amendment to reduce appropriations in the bill by $570 million, approximately 1% of the bill's total discretionary spending. (Staff Contact: Kim Sears, 202-225-4422) REPS. LEE TERRY, R-Neb., JIM RAMSTAD, R-Minn., BART STUPAK, D-Mich., MARK KENNEDY, R-Minn., RICK LARSEN, D-Wash., STEVE KING, R-Iowa, and DAVE REICHERT, R-Wash., will offer an amendment that increases funding for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants by $286 million to the FY 2005 level. The amendment offsets the increase by making an across-the-board cut in discretionary spending of 0.448%. (Staff Contact: Caroline Baird, 202-225-4155) REP. NYDIA M. VELAZQUEZ, D-N.Y., will offer an amendment that restores funding for the Small Business Administration's 7(a) small business loan program to the FY 2004 level of $79 million. No funds are provided in the bill for this program. The amendment offsets the increase by reducing funding for technology upgrades at the departments of Justice and State. (Staff Contact: Adam Minehardt, 202-225-4038) Jason J. Gross Director Government & Business Affairs U.S. Global Leadership Campaign 1220 19th Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 730-4152 phone (202) 689-8910 fax http://www.usglc.org

 
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