Policy & Politics
Supporters Fear Bush's Failure to Push "Compassionate" Agenda, Including AIDS, Could Make Him "Politically Vulnerable"
August 26, 2003
Some of President Bush's supporters and administration officials fear that the president's failure to demand funding for programs in his "compassionate conservative" agenda, such as the global AIDS initiative, with the same energy he has spent on tax cuts and the war in Iraq could leave him "politically vulnerable" in the 2004 election, the New York Times reports. Critics say that Bush's action on the AIDS bill and other items in his "compassionate" agenda have followed a similar pattern: he delivers a speech calling for "millions or even billions" in funding for a new initiative and "then fails to follow through and push hard" for the funding in Congress, according to the Times (Bumiller, New York Times, 8/26). Bush in May signed into law a measure (HR 1298) that authorizes $15 billion over five years to fight AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean. The House so far has approved a total of $2 billion for the AIDS initiative in fiscal year 2004 (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/22). Many Democrats say that Bush heavily promoted the bill, especially during his trip to Africa last month, but then failed to push for the full amount of funding in Congress. Bush requested $2 billion of the $3 billion authorized for the first year of the program (New York Times, 8/26).
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