$48 Billion HIV/AIDS Bill passes in Senate

Breaking News: On a vote of 80 to 16, senators approved three-fold increase in budget to fight the virus.

This afternoon, the Senate finally voted on the so-called PEPFAR reauthorization bill.

The Associated Press reports:

The Senate has approved spending $48 billion over the next five years to treat and prevent the spread of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa and elsewhere around the world.

The legislation more than triples the current $15 billion program that has brought lifesaving drugs to some 1.7 million people with HIV/AIDS.

The bill passed by a vote of 80-16. That sets up negotiations with the House on a final compromise. President Bush has been a strong advocate for the global AIDS program.

Also, I received in my email inbox, this news release from the Global AIDS Alliance:

Washington, July 16 – Today the US Senate passed a crucial bill, backedby President Bush, that reauthorizes the US program on global HIV/AIDSwhile also authorizing much greater funding for programs to addresstuberculosis and malaria."The bill is a tremendous achievement, and I commend Senators Biden andLugar, who ...
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