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HIV/AIDS Legislation Watch, July 5, 2011

July 5, 2011

On June 22, Maine's Democratic Representative Michael Michaud introduced HR 2296, a bill to establish an America Rx program to establish fairer pricing for prescription drugs for individuals without access to prescription drugs at discounted prices. ATAC's Fair Pricing Coalition should like that! It's been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

And the most interesting legislation proposed on the 23rd of June was HR 2400, a bill to prevent states from prohibiting male circumcision. It was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. It was introduced by Democrat Brad Sherman of California and has nine co-sponsors. Are there really some states that want to prohibit circumcision?


On June 24, Barney Frank of Massachusetts introduced HR 2306, "A bill to limit the application of Federal laws to the distribution and consumption of marihuana" (obviously the Library of Congress has no potheads who would point out the misspelling). It was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and to the Committee on the Judiciary.

California Democrat Barbara Lee was at it again, this time introducing HR 334, supporting the "goals and ideals of National HIV Testing Day." As with the other National Awareness days she has tried to honor with House resolutions, this one was also referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, where it will join its fellow resolutions supporting National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and National STD Awareness Month, as well as her HR 1880, a bill to require a status report on the 30th anniversary of HIV/AIDS. What any of these have to do with "Energy and Commerce" is beyond me.

Finally, both House single-payer bills picked up more support, all Democrats. HR 676 gained American Samoa's Eni Faleomavaega and New York's Nita Lowey. And Barbara Lee signed on to HR 1200. Now if only some senators would sign on to S 915!

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See Also
National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Executive Summary
U.S. Announces First National HIV/AIDS Strategy
More on U.S. HIV/AIDS Policy

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