Policy & Politics
House Approves $19.4 Billion FY 2005 Foreign Operations Spending Bill, Including $2.2 Billion for AIDS, TB, Malaria Programs
July 16, 2004
The House on Thursday approved a $19.4 billion foreign aid spending bill for fiscal year 2005, which includes $2.2 billion for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria initiatives, Reuters reports (Willard, Reuters, 7/16). Although the approved funding -- most of which will go to AIDS programs -- meets President Bush's request for FY 2005, the House allocated a larger portion of the money to the Global Fund than Bush had requested. Bush's proposed FY 2005 budget, which is $1.9 billion more than the total amount the House approved, includes $2.8 billion for international HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria programs. That amount includes $1.45 billion for the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, which will administer the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and $200 million for the Global Fund. Because the House spending bill would double the requested Global Fund contribution to $400 million, less money would go to PEPFAR (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/15). The bill contains $1.26 billion for the global AIDS coordinator's office (Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation release, 7/15).
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