Source: New York Times (NY) Contact: http://www.nytimes.com/ Pubdate: Sun, April 19, 1998 FIVE BIG CITY MAYORS BACK NEEDLE EXCHANGES WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The Mayors of five cities urged the Clinton Administration on Friday to allow Federal money to be used for needle exchange programs for drug users, but an influential Congressman said he would act to stop such a move. The Mayors, who serve in San Francisco, Detroit, Seattle, New Haven and Baltimore, said in a letter to Donna E. Shalala, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, that 33 Americans were infected every day with the virus that causes AIDS as a result of injecting drugs. But Representative Gerald B.H. Solomon, the New York Republican who heads the House Rules Committee, said he would work to pass legislation permanently banning such payments. Congress has asked Dr. Shalala to determine whether needle exchange programs would reduce H.I.V. infection and would not promote illegal drug use. She certified the first condition in February 1997 and her determination on the second is pending.