Beaumont Mayor David W. Moore
Health and Human Resources Committee Chair
Resolution #21: Protection of Medicaid Safety Net Hospitals calls upon Congress to enact the Medicaid Safety Net Hospital Improvement Act of 2001 (S. 776 and HR. 1604) introduced by Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Representatives Tom Barrett (D-WI) and Heather Wilson (R-NM), respectively.
Resolution #22: Endorsement of National Gift of Breath Campaign endorses the efforts of the National Gift of Breath Campaign and the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute to educate, inform and support the research that will find new treatments and cures for respiratory diseases.
Resolution #23: Designating Monday, September 24, 2001, as National "Eat Dinner with Your Children" Day recognizes that eating dinner as a family is a critical step toward raising healthy, drug-free children; and that The U.S. Conference of Mayors designates Monday, September 24, 2001, as National "Eat Dinner with Your Children" Day.
Resolution #24: AIDS in the United States and Around the World commends the Administration for its commitment to combat HIV/AIDS abroad and urges the allocation of additional resources to stem the spread of this global epidemic; and urges the Administration and Congress to increase funding for critical domestic HIV/AIDS programs by allocating an additional $291 million to the Ryan White CARE Act, including $50 million for Title I and $130 million for Title II AIDS Drug Assistance Program, $190 million for the Minority AIDS Initiative, $200.7 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for domestic prevention programs, $106 million for research to the National Institutes of Health, and $23 million for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program.
Resolution #25: Calling Upon the United States Congress to Proclaim May 2002, and All Mayors Henceforth, as National Foster Care Awareness Month calls upon Congress to proclaim May 2002, and henceforth all subsequent "Mays" as "National Foster Care Awareness Month" and urge all citizens both in our respective communities and throughout the country to volunteer their talents and energies on behalf of children in foster care, foster parents and the child welfare professional staff working with them during this month and throughout the year.
Resolution #26: Food Stamp Program Reauthorization 2002 supports and urges Congress and the Administration to strengthen and reauthorize the Food Stamp Program; and urges Congress and the Administration this year to enact S. 583, which would restore eligibility to needy legal immigrants, increase benefit levels (especially for elderly persons and families with children) and support outreach to eligible people; and urges Congress and the Administration by October 2002 to reauthorize the Food Stamp Program, maintaining it as a federal entitlement, but improving access to and adequacy of benefits as well as establishing new mechanisms for evaluating program outcomes and states' performance in administration.
Resolution #27: Early Childhood Education strongly opposes the President's proposal to move the Head Start Program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the U.S. Department of Education; and urges Congress to increase funding for the Head Start Program to $6.7 billion in FY 2002.
Resolution #28: Expansion and Simplification of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) calls on Congress to expand the EITC and provide additional flexibility, and funding, for aggressive outreach efforts in conjunction with the IRS; and urges Congress to look for ways to significantly simplify the EITC, such as the Simplified Family Credit.
Resolution #29: Children's Mental Health urges increased support and coordination between mental health services, human services, and public health service entities in the delivery of comprehensive mental health services to children within the school settings; and the community at large; and urges the Congress and the Administration to increase funding for community-based, urban programs for the prevention and treatment of mental illness and to insure that federally funded public health efforts be funded to expand and to include mental health components when serving populations with dual or multiple needs; and advocates that reimbursement for mental health services should adequately support the need for care coordination and outreach activities among school staff and teachers, parents, mental health providers and children.
Resolution #30: A Comprehensive National Drug Control Strategy calls on the Congress and the Administration to develop a national, comprehensive drug prevention, treatment and enforcement policy in close consultation with mayors.
Resolution #13: TANF Reauthorization: Maintaining Funding and Key Role for Mayors and the Workforce System calls upon Congress to provide adequate funding and, at a minimum, maintain the current funding available under the TANF block grant; and appropriate resources and an effective funding structure in the new legislation to respond to the excessively high concentration of welfare recipients in the nation's cities; and ensure that the new legislation provides for a significant connection between the TANF system and the workforce investment system through the mayor and the local WIB; and calls for the new legislation to incorporate greater collaboration and system building so that the services and systems designed to serve welfare recipients and create self-sufficiency do not present barriers to the success of welfare reform.