All Rise Ambassador Matthew Perry Secures Increase in Funding for Current Budget Year, Testifies Before Congress on the Critical Need for Continued Funding in FY ‘14
Congress Approves $41 Million for Drug Courts and $4 Million for Veterans Treatment Courts
Acclaimed actor, star of the hit NBC comedy Go On, and NADCP All Rise Ambassador Matthew Perry was in Washington, DC yesterday to fight for Drug Courts. His first priority was to ensure that Congress approved $41 million for Drug Courts and $4 million for Veterans Treatment Courts in the Department of Justice’s Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations bill. The measure passed yesterday morning to fund the government until September 30, 2013. Thanks in part to Matthew’s hard work, the bill includes an incredible $10 million increase for Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts! But Matthew wasn’t done. During his testimony before the House of Representatives Commerce, Justice & Science Appropriations Subcommittee yesterday morning, Matthew gave compelling reasons for Congress to support $45 million for Drug Courts and $4 million for Veterans Treatment Courts in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations bill.
“Drug Courts are a proven budget solution that we cannot afford to cut.” - Matthew Perry, 3/21/13
Following our tremendous victory with the Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations bill, Matthew Perry, former board member Earl Hightower and NADCP CEO West Huddleston attended the House Commerce, Justice & Science Appropriations Subcommittee, where our Ambassador gave compelling testimony on behalf of Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court funding.
Perry told the Subcommittee, “Drug Courts are the single most effective program for getting serious drug addicts into life-long recovery, putting them back to work, back in school, and back with their families…From saving money to saving lives, from eliminating racial disparities to protecting public safety, from cutting crime to restoring families, from coming to the aid of our veterans to stopping impaired drivers, Drug Courts are a budget solution that we cannot afford to cut.”
Following the hearing, Matthew Perry, NADCP CEO West Huddleston and Incoming NADCP Board Member Earl Hightower met with Congressmen Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Chaka Fattah (D-PA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee as well as committee member Congressman John Culberson (R-TX). They then met with long-standing friend Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) to discuss his ongoing support for mindfulness, treatment and recovery. The afternoon was filled with meetings with key Members of the powerful Appropriations Committee to secure their support for funding in Fiscal Year 2014. First up was Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL), who has been a champion for Drug Courts in Alabama for over decade. The delegation also met with Congressman Steve Womack (R-AR) who pledged his commitment to ensure Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts remain a priority in Congress.
The final meeting of the day was with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Senator Klobuchar is a key member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a Drug Court champion in the Senate. Her leadership has been instrumental to ensuring Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts receive appropriate funding. The trio thanked the Senator for this crucial support.
“It is always an honor to walk the halls of Congress and meet with Members on behalf of Drug Courts,” said NADCP CEO West Huddleston. “It’s even more special when we can do so with such an incredible advocate like Matthew Perry. Matthew freely gives his time, his energy, and his voice to Drug Courts and when he speaks people listen. The entire Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court field salutes his tireless efforts on our behalf. He is truly our All Rise Ambassador!”
From top left to bottom right: Mathew Perry meets with Subcommittee leadership Congressmen Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Chaka Fattah (D-PA); Mathew Perry meets with Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH); Matthew Perry, Earl Hightower and West Huddleston; Matthew Perry and West Huddleston meet with Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL); Mathew Perry meets with Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR); Mathew Perry meets with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)