As Congress prepares to put forth a budget for 2017 in what is expected to be a difficult appropriations process, it is critical that we ask Members of the House Appropriations Committee to support strong funding levels for domestic programs.
One of the most effective ways to ensure that programs are funded robustly is through “Dear Colleague” letters sent from members of Congress to their colleagues who serve on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Each additional cosigner demonstrates support.
Members of the House of Representative are currently circulating two letters of interest on fiscal year 2017 funding: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) services and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) programs, and another letter on the Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) and Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs.
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) letter
Nearly one in every four adult women experiences at least one physical assault by a partner, and one in six women is a victim of sexual violence. Life-saving federal programs, including the VAWA and the FVPSA, form the foundation of our nation’s response to adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence. Click here to read the DearColleague letter and the letter from Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) requesting $589.50 million for VAWA programs
Members of Congress may join this letter until Thursday, March, 24, 2016
Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) and Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs letter
In 2013-2014, public schools identified a record 1,301,239 homeless children and youth; this is a 7 percent increase from the previous year, and a 100 percent increase since 2006-2007. Resources directed to child and youth homelessness programs are critical to caring for the needs of homeless youth and preventing human trafficking. Click here to read the Dear Colleague letter and the letter from Reps. Danny Davis (D-IL), David Reichert (R-WA), and John Yarmuth (D-KY).
Members of Congress may join this letter until Tuesday, March, 22, 2016
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