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Phone Slam California Senators (5/16)



Added in 1998 as an amendment to the Higher Education Act (HEA), the Drug Provision excludes students with drug convictions from receiving federal financial aid to attend institutions of higher learning. The provision has had the effect of disqualifying 165,000 deserving, low- to middle-income students from receiving federal aid to attend college for what are often relatively minor drug offenses.

Legislation has been introduced in the House, and will soon be introduced in the Senate that would repeal the Drug Provision, ending this damaging practice. We need your help to make sure that our Senators in California support this bill. Senator Feinstein sits on the Judiciary Committee and will play a major role in the fate of the Removing Impediments to Students Education act (RISE). For more information on the HEA Drug Provision please see

Please contact the Senators at their Washington D.C. offices anytime on Monday May 16th to voice your concern about the HEA drug Provision, and their lack of public support for its repeal. Below you will find a script you can use when contacting their offices. Thanks for participating in democracy.

Hi, I'm ____ from ______ and I'm calling to encourage the Senator to support reinstating aid to students who've lost eligibility due to drug convictions. Keeping students out of school will not keep them off drugs, and it's time to finally correct the mistake that Congress made in 1998 by enacting the drug provision to the Higher Education Act. Please co-sponsor and support the RISE Act, a bill soon to be introduced by Senator Durbin to repeal this amendment. Thanks, _______"

Senator Feinstein Contact Information
Phone: Washington DC (202) 224-3841
San Francisco (415)393-0707

Senator Boxer Contact Information
Phone: Washington DC (202) 224-3553
San Francisco (415) 403-0100

Contact NORML/SSDP of Santa Cruz
scdruglawreform (at)

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