Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report Summarizes Opinion Pieces on Congressional Appropriations for Global AIDS Bill
Two opinion pieces and an editorial this week focused on the funding levels currently being discussed by congressional appropriations committees for the five-year, $15 billion global AIDS bill (HR 1298). The House Appropriations Committee is considering $1.77 billion in cuts to the foreign aid portion of the fiscal year 2004 budget, which could affect funding for the initiative, which President Bush signed into law last month. The bill authorizes $3 billion a year for five years to international HIV/AIDS programs, with up to $1 billion in FY 2004 going to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 6/19). The following are summaries of the editorial and opinion pieces:
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "If you are going to make promises to desperate people, it's only right to deliver," a Post-Intelligencer editorial says. Congress must therefore appropriate the money promised in the global AIDS bill, the editorial says. On Bush's visit to Africa next month, "There would be no better signal to the world -- and to the importance of [the AIDS] issue -- than getting the programs in gear and letting the president pack along a real financial commitment," the editorial concludes (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 6/26).