Bush Signs FY 2002 Supplemental Spending Bill, Has 30 Days to Decide on Contingency Funds, Including $200M for Global AIDS
President Bush on Friday signed a $28.9 billion fiscal year 2002 supplemental spending bill (HR 4775) that includes $200 million for international HIV/AIDS programs, CongressDaily reports. However, it is not clear whether the HIV/AIDS funding will be released because it is included as part of a $5 billion contingency package that must be approved separately. Bush has 30 days to decide whether to authorize the contingency funds (Ghent/Koffler, CongressDaily, 8/2). If he fails to make a declaration on the measure, all of the emergency funding, including the $200 million for HIV/AIDS, would be lost. Bush has not indicated whether he will approve the funding (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/25).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.