Bush Signs FY 2007 $463B Spending Bill That Allocates $1.3B Increase To Fund International HIV/AIDS, TB Programs
President Bush on Thursday signed a $463.5 billion spending resolution (HJ Res 20) for fiscal year 2007 that includes a $1.3 billion increase for international HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis programs, the AP/Fox News reports (AP/Fox News, 2/15). The resolution brings the total for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to $4.5 billion. The $4.5 billion for PEPFAR includes $3.2 billion for the State Department's Global HIV/AIDS Initiative, $712 million for USAID's Child Survival and Health Program, and $494 million for CDC and HHS global HIV/AIDS activities. Of these amounts, $724 million from PEPFAR is allocated for the U.S. contribution to the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, with $625 million coming from the State Department and USAID and $99 million from HHS. In addition to the PEPFAR funding, $248 million is allocated to expand programs under the President's Malaria Initiative, an increase of $149 million. The resolution also allocates an additional $75.8 million in funding for the Ryan White CARE Act, which provides care and services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S., to bring its funding to $2.1 billion. The Senate on Wednesday passed the resolution (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 2/15).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.