U.S. Democrats Propose Nearly $1 Billion in Emergency Aid to Africa
January 17, 2003
Senate Democrats on Thursday proposed $900 million in emergency relief for Africa, primarily to help the estimated 38 million people they said face starvation. The Africa Famine Relief Act includes $600 million in food aid, $200 million for disaster assistance and $100 million to combat HIV/AIDS. President Bush on Wednesday laid out his own plan to help Africa, including an extension of relaxed trade rules and a 50 percent increase in developmental aid. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who joined Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) in introducing the bill, said the administration's proposals do not address the emergency of the famine. Democrats are considering introducing a similar bill in the House.Adapted from:
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