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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

2009-H179 on Jan 6, 2009

Bill Sponsorship: Community AIDS and Hepatitis Prevention Act
Source: HR 179
To permit the use of Federal funds for syringe exchange programs for purposes of reducing the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, including HIV and viral hepatitis.
    Congress finds as follows:
  1. Each year, approximately 12,000 Americans contract HIV/AIDS and approximately 19,000 Americans contract the hepatitis C virus directly or indirectly from sharing contaminated syringes.
  2. A 2005 comprehensive international review of the evidence of the effectiveness of syringe exchange programs in preventing HIV transmission shows that such programs reduce HIV transmission and are cost-effective.
  3. Research has shown that injection drug users who are referred to addiction treatment from syringe exchange programs are more likely to enter and remain in treatment.
  4. Research has shown that, by providing safe disposal of used injection equipment, syringe exchange programs significantly reduce the number of improperly discarded syringes in the community, thereby reducing the exposure of police and others to dangers of blood-borne disease from accidental syringe sticks.
  5. Syringe exchange programs reduce the prevalence of HIV among injection drug users.
  6. Despite the scientific and public health consensus that syringe exchange programs reduce HIV and do not increase substance abuse, a ban on funding syringe exchange has been enacted as part of each Appropriations Act since 1998.
  7. The Public Health Service Act, as added by the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990, is subject to a statutory ban on funding needle exchange programs.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, nothing shall prohibit the use of Federal funds to establish or carry out a program of distributing sterile syringes to reduce the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and viral hepatitis.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Question 19: Never legalize marijuana Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Drugs
  • Headline: Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill to distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS (Score: -1)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 2009-H179

Neil Abercrombie s1sHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
Gary Ackerman s1sNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Joe Baca s1sCalifornia Democratic Challenger 
Tammy Baldwin s1sWI Democratic Challenger 
Howard Berman s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Timothy Bishop s1sNew York Democrat 
Robert Brady s1sPennsylvania Democrat 
G.K. Butterfield s1sNorth Carolina Democrat 
Lois Capps s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Michael Capuano s1sMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
Andre Carson s1sIndiana Democrat 
Yvette Clarke s1sNew York Democrat 
William Lacy Clay s1sMissouri Democrat 
Emmanuel Cleaver s1sMissouri Democrat 
Steve Cohen s1sTennessee Democrat 
John Conyers s1sMichigan Democrat 
Joseph Crowley s1sNew York Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1sMaryland Democrat 
Danny Davis s1sIllinois Democrat 
Diana DeGette s1sColorado Democrat 
Bill Delahunt s1sMassachusetts Democrat (until 2010) 
Rosa DeLauro s1sConnecticut Democrat 
Mike Doyle s1sPennsylvania Democrat 
Donna Edwards s1sMaryland Democrat 
Keith Ellison s1sMinnesota Democrat 
Eliot Engel s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Sam Farr s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1sPennsylvania Democrat 
Bob Filner s1sCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Barney Frank s1sMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Marcia Fudge s1sOhio Democrat 
Charles Gonzalez s1sTexas Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Al Green s1sTexas Democrat 
Gene Green s1sTexas Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s1sArizona Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s1sIllinois Democrat 
Phil Hare s1sIllinois Democrat (until 2010) 
Jane Harman s1sCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Alcee Hastings s1sFlorida Democrat 
Brian Higgins s1sNew York Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s1sNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Ruben Hinojosa s1sTexas Democrat 
Rush Holt s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Mike Honda s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Steve Israel s1sNew York Democrat 
Jesse Louis Jackson s1sIllinois Democrat (Resgined 2013) 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1sTexas Democrat 
Eddie Bernice Johnson s1sTexas Democrat 
Hank Johnson s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Patrick Kennedy s1sRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
Carolyn Kilpatrick s1sMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Dennis Kucinich s1sOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Barbara Lee s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Sander Levin s1sMichigan Democrat 
John Lewis s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Nita Lowey s1sNew York Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Doris Matsui s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Carolyn McCarthy s1sNew York Dem./Ind./Working-Families 
Betty McCollum s1sMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1sWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
Gregory Meeks s1sNew York Dem./Working-Families 
George Miller s1sCalifornia Democrat 
James Moran s1sVirginia Democrat 
Jerrold Nadler s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Grace Napolitano s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1sDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
John Olver s1sMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Solomon Ortiz s1sTexas Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Ed Pastor s1sArizona Democrat 
Donald Payne s1sNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Chellie Pingree s1sMaine Democrat 
Mike Quigley s1sIllinois Democrat 
Charles Rangel s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Silvestre Reyes s1sTexas Democrat 
Laura Richardson s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Bobby Rush s1sIllinois Democrat 
Tim Ryan s1sOhio Democrat 
Linda Sanchez s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1sIllinois Democrat 
Bobby Scott s1sVirginia Democrat 
Jose Serrano s2pNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Brad Sherman s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Albio Sires s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Jackie Speier s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Pete Stark s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Betty Sutton s1sOhio Democrat 
Bennie Thompson s1sMississippi Democrat 
Paul Tonko s1sNew York Democrat 
Ed Towns s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Nydia Velazquez s1sNew York Democrat/Working-Families 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1sFlorida Democrat 
Maxine Waters s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Diane Watson s1sCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Mel Watt s1sNorth Carolina Democrat 
Henry Waxman s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Anthony Weiner s1sNew York Former Democrat(Resigned 2011) 
Robert Wexler s1sFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
Lynn Woolsey s1sCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 



Republicans participating in 2009-H179

Steven LaTourette s1sOhio Republican 
Ron Paul s1sPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen s1sFlorida Republican 



Independents participating in 2009-H179

Donna Christensen s1sVirgin Islands - 
Kendrick Meek s1sFL 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 102
Republicans: 3
Independents: 2


















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