Policy & Politics
White House Pressing Republican Lawmakers To Vote on Omnibus Spending Bill, Including $2.4B for Global AIDS Initiative
December 5, 2003
The Bush administration is "actively" pressing Senate Republicans to vote on the $820 billion omnibus spending bill that includes seven of the 13 annual spending bills for fiscal year 2004 and $2.4 billion in funding for President Bush's global AIDS initiative, the Wall Street Journal reports (Rogers, Wall Street Journal, 12/5). House-Senate conferees last month 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 omnibus spending bill includes a total of $2.4 billion for AIDS programs, as well as $1 billion for the Millennium Challenge Account, an assistance program for developing nations that encourages democracy and development through economic aid (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 11/26). Although the House is expected to take up the spending bill on Monday, it is unclear whether the Senate will return from Thanksgiving recess to vote on the measure, according to the Journal.
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This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.