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July 2005



HEA drug provision repeal – committee vote tomorrow

Via DRCNet:

On Tuesday, July 19, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce will be voting on H.R. 609, the College Access and Opportunity Act of 2005. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) will introduce a crucial amendment to H.R. 609 that would repeal the federal ban on financial aid for students with drug convictions. If passed, the Andrews amendment would fully repeal the HEA Drug Provision, which has denied aid to more than 160,500 students since taking effect in 2000.

This is the second time in seven years and the first since May 2000 that a House committee will be forced to reconsider the law. Other proposals have suggested that the law only be scaled back, meaning thousands of students would still lose their financial aid. If your member of Congress is on the Committee for Education and the Workforce, please call him or her today! Members, the areas they represent, and their phone numbers are all listed below.

Education and the Workforce:
Republican Members (27)

John, A. Boehner, 8th-OH (Westchester/Troy Area) 202-225-6205
Thomas E. Petri, 6th-WI (Fond du Lac/Oshkosh Area) 202-225-2476
Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, 25th-CA (Santa Clarita/Palmdale Area) 202-225-1956
Michael N. Castle, At Large-DE 202-225-4165
Sam Johnson, 3rd-TX (Richardson Area) 202-225-4201
Mark E. Souder, 3rd-IN (Fort Wayne Area) 202-225-4436
Charlie Norwood, 9th-GA (Augusta/Toccoa Area) 202-225-4101
Vernon J. Ehlers, 3rd-MI (Grand Rapids Area) 202-225-3831
Judy Biggert, 13th-IL (Willowbrook Area) 202-225-3515
Todd Russell Platts, 19th-PA (York/Carlisle/Gettysburg Area) 202-225-5836
Patrick J. Tiberi, 12th-OH (Columbus Area) 202-225-5355
Ric Keller, 8th-FL (Orlando/Eustis/Ocala Area) 202-225-2176
Tom Osborne, 3rd-NE (Grand Island/Scottsbluff/Kearney/McCook Area) 202-225-6435
Joe Wilson, 2nd-SC (Beaufort/West Columbia) 202-225-2452
Jon C. Porter, 3rd-NV (Henderson Area) 202-225-3252
John Kline, 2nd-MN (Burnsville Area) 202-225-2271
Marilyn N. Musgrave, 4th-CO (Loveland/Sterlin/Greeley/Longmont Area) 202-225-4676
Bob Inglis, 4th-SC (Greenville/Spartanburg/Union Area) 202-225-6030
Cathy McMorris, 5th-WA (Spokane.Colville.Walla Walla Area) 202-225-2006
Kenny Marchant, 24th-TX (Irving Area) 202-225-6605
Tom Price, 6th-GA (Marietta Area) 202-225-4501
Luis G. Fortuo, At Large-PR 202-225-2615
Bobby Jindal, 1st-LA (Metairie Area) 202-225-3015
Charles W. Boustany, Jr., 7th-LA (Lafayette Area) 202-225-2031
Virginia Foxx, 5th-NC (Clemmons Area) 202-225-2071
Thelma D. Drake, 2nd-VA (Virginia Beach/Accomac Area) 202-225-4215
John R. “Randy” Kuhl, Jr., 29th-NY (Corning Area) 202-225-3161

Democrat Members (22)

George Miller, 7th-CA (Concord/Richmond/Vallejo Area) 202-228-2095
Dale E. Kildee, 5th-MI (Flint/Saginaw/Bay City Area) 202-225-3611
Major R. Owens, 11th-NY (Brooklyn Area) 202-225-6231
Donald M. Payne, 10th-NJ (Newark/Elizabeth/Jersey City Area) 202-225-3436
Robert E. Andrews, 1st-NJ (Haddon Heights/Woodbury Area) 202-225-6501
Robert C. Scott, 3rd-VA (Newport News/Richmond Area) 202-225-8351
Lynn C. Woolsey, 6th-CA (Santa Rosa/San Rafael Area) 202-225-5161
Rubn Hinojosa, 15th-TX (McAllen/Beeville Area) 202-225-2531
Carolyn McCarthy, 4th-NY (Garden City Area) 202-225-5516
John F. Tierney, 6th-MA (Peabody/Lynn Area) 202-225-8020
Ron Kind, 3rd-WI (LaCrosse/Eau Claire Area) 202-225-5506
Dennis J. Kucinich, 10th-OH (Lakewood/Parma Area) 202-225-5871
David Wu, 1st-OR (Portland Area) 202-225-0855
Rush D. Holt, 12th-NJ (West Windsor Area) 202-225-5801
Susan A. Davis, 53rd-CA (Sand Diego Area) 202-225-2040
Betty McCollum, 4th-MN (St. Paul Area) 202-225-6631
Danny K. Davis, 7th-IL (Chicago/Broadview Area) 202-225-5006
Ral M. Grijalva, 7th-AZ (Tucson/Yuma Area) 202-225-2435
Chris Van Hollen, 8th-MD (Rockville/Mt. Rainier Area) 202-225-5341
Tim Ryan, 17th-OH (Youngstown/Warren/Akron Area) 202-225-5261
Timothy H. Bishop, 1st-NY (Coram/Southampton Area) 202-225-3826
John Barrow, 12th-GA (Athens Area) 202-225-2823

The wonderful folks at SSDP have been working extremely hard to get this bad law repealed completely. Help them out. If you are in the district of one of the representatives above, call them right now.
You can also use this Action Alert.

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