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Senators Circulate SDFS Funding Letter

From a CADCA Newsletter, 4/07/2005

Senators DeWine and Dodd Circulate Second Sign-On Letter for Safe and Drug-Free Schools Funding

by: Jessica Hembree

As the appropriations process continues, Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH) and Christopher Dodd (D-CT) are circulating another "Dear Colleague" and sign-on letter to Senators. The letter is directed to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and urges them to restore the $441 million cut for the State Grants portion of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) program.

President Bush's FY 2006 budget request recommends eliminating the State Grants portion of the SDFSC program. Eliminating this program would effectively remove federal funding for substance abuse prevention and intervention in the vast majority of the nation's school systems. In FY 2005, the State Grants portion of the SDFSC program received an appropriation of $441 million. CADCA's Public Policy Department is actively advocating for full restoration of the $441 million for this program in the FY 2006 appropriations.

Working to restore funding to the State Grants portion of the SDFSC program promises to be a long battle that will last throughout the entire appropriations process. In early March, Senators DeWine, Dodd and Murray circulated a letter to the Senate Budget Committee, with a very quick turn around time, that was signed by 14 Democrats and one Republican. Senators DeWine and Dodd are now circulating a second letter. This letter is to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and urges the restoration of $441 million for the State Grants portion of the SDFSC program.