Policy & Politics
House-Senate Negotiators Reach Deal on Omnibus Spending Bill, Including $2.4B for AIDS; Vote Scheduled for Next Month
November 26, 2003
House and Senate negotiators on Tuesday reached an agreement on an $820 billion omnibus spending bill that includes seven of the 13 annual spending bills for fiscal year 2004, including $2.4 billion for the global AIDS initiative, the Washington Post reports (Pianin, Washington Post, 11/26). House-Senate conferees last week agreed to increase federal spending on the global AIDS initiative for FY 2004 to $2.4 billion, $400 million more than the Bush administration has requested. Although the measure (HR 1298) supporting the five-year, $15 billion initiative authorizes $3 billion for the first year of the program, the Bush administration has requested only $2 billion. Bush said that his administration requested less than $3 billion in order to give the program time to "ramp up." The Senate last month approved an amendment, sponsored by Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), to the foreign operations appropriations bill (S 1426) that would add $289 million in additional funding for the first year of the initiative. The amendment brought total Senate funding to $2.4 billion for FY 2004. The House had approved $2.1 billion for the initiative. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) on Nov. 5 introduced a motion urging House-Senate conferees to maintain the higher level of funding for the global AIDS initiative as outlined in the Senate version of the foreign operations appropriations bill (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 11/18). The omnibus spending bill includes a total of $2.4 billion for AIDS programs, as well as $1 billion for the Millennium Challenge Account, according to the Post (Washington Post, 11/26). The MCA is an assistance program for developing nations that encourages democracy and development through economic aid (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 11/18).
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