Policy & Politics
Coalition of Evangelical Groups Calls on Bush to Propose Increase in Funding to Combat AIDS, TB, Malaria
January 14, 2004
A coalition of evangelical Christian groups on Tuesday called for President Bush to propose during his Jan. 20 State of the Union address increasing fiscal year 2005 funding for the global AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria initiative to $3.6 billion, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. During his 2003 State of the Union speech, Bush announced a five-year, $15 billion initiative to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in some sub-Saharan African and Caribbean nations (Epstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 1/14). According to sources involved in the budget process, Bush plans to request in his FY 2005 budget proposal $2.7 billion for international HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria initiatives. However, White House sources have declined to comment on the funding request, saying that no final decisions have been made. Bush's proposed FY 2005 budget is expected to be sent to Congress on Feb. 2 (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 1/7). The House on Dec. 8 approved in the FY 2004 omnibus spending bill $2.4 billion for spending on the three diseases. However, the Senate failed to vote on the bill before its winter recess. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has scheduled a vote on the bill for Jan. 20, when the Senate reconvenes (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 12/12/03). Although the measure (HR 1298) supporting the global AIDS initiative authorizes $3 billion for the first year of the program, the Bush administration requested only $2 billion. Bush said that his administration requested less than $3 billion in order to give the program time to "ramp up" (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 12/10/03). According to AIDS advocates, Congress has authorized up to $3.6 billion for AIDS, TB and malaria programs in FY 2005 (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 1/7).
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