Senate Approves Supplemental Spending Bill That Includes $100 Million for Global AIDS Fund
The Senate yesterday approved a $6.5 billion supplemental spending bill to cover military budget shortfalls and other government programs, including a $100 million appropriation to the U.N. Global AIDS and Health Fund, the Washington Post reports. The bill, approved 98-1, closely resembles President Bush's spending requests in this area (Washington Post, 7/11).
In related news, the House Appropriations Committee last night passed a fiscal year 2002 $15.2 billion foreign aid bill, which includes $474 million for international HIV/AIDS efforts. The bill represents a 2% increase over this year's funding amount and "matches" Bush's foreign aid request (Skorneck, Associated Press, 7/11). The House Appropriations foreign operations subcommittee approved the bill on June 27. The $474 million includes $100 million for the U.N. Global AIDS Fund (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 6/28).