Policy & Politics
House Subcommittee Recommends Holding Almost All Ryan White CARE Act Programs at Last Year's Funding Level
July 12, 2004
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services on Thursday voted to hold almost all programs under the Ryan White CARE Act -- the federal law that authorizes spending for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs in the United States -- at last year's funding levels, according to an AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families release (AACYF release, 7/8). According to an AIDS Foundation of Chicago Online Action Bulletin, the subcommittee's recommendation "closely follow[ed] President Bush's budget request," which recommended flat-funding for all CARE Act programs, excluding the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. The subcommittee recommended that ADAP receive a $35 million in addition to the $20 million Bush recently made available for the program to address ADAP waiting lists nationwide. Subcommittee members also recommended a $7 million increase over last year's budget for CDC" HIV prevention services, $600 million more for global AIDS relief and $3.3 million more for the Minority AIDS Initiative. (Munar, AFC Online Action Bulletin, July 2004). The bill now will be sent to the full appropriations committee and then to the full House for passage. The Senate has not yet taken any action on its version of the spending bill (AACYF release, 7/8). According to the AFC Online Action Bulletin, it is "unlikely" that Congress will finalize appropriations before the November election, which raises the likelihood that Congress will have to adopt a series of continuing resolutions to fund the government beginning on Oct. 1, when fiscal year 2005 begins (AFC Online Action Bulletin, July 2004).
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