Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Grassley (R-IA) recently introduced S. 2159, legislation to reauthorize the Drug Free Communities program. Other original co-sponsors of the bill include Senators Feinstein (D-CA), Klobuchar (D-MN), Kohl (D-WI), Schumer (D-NY), Portman (R-OH), Harkin (D-IA) and Wyden (D-OR).
The bill, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 16-2 on March 29, 2012, would reauthorize the DFC program and the National Community Anti-Drug Coalition Institute for an additional five years, through fiscal year 2017.
In order to ensure that the bill can receive an up or down vote by the Full Senate, Senators Leahy and Grassley are circulating a dear colleague letter to shore up Republican support for the bill.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Ask your Republican senators to co-sponsor S. 2159 as reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. It is critical that as many Republicans as possible come on as co-sponsors and support the reauthorization.
Using CADCA’s CapWiz system, which has been set up to target only Republican senators, fax the sample letter. The more letters your Republican senator(s) receive, the more likely they are to support the reauthorization.
Please fax your Republican senators IMMEDIATELY to ask them to support S. 2159.
CADCA’s fax system allows you to automatically fax CADCA’s sample letter on this issue to your Republican senator from CADCA’s website. To send faxes, go to http://capwiz.com/cadca/home/.
If you would like to personalize your letter with examples from your community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a MS Word version of the sample letter.
CADCA will continue to monitor the DFC Reauthorization and alert you when further action must be taken.