Bush Says He'll Ask for More Money to Fight AIDS Globally, in U.S.
February 3, 2003
President Bush said Friday that he will ask Congress for a 7 percent increase in the money the United States spends to fight AIDS in what he called "a massive attempt to save lives." The president made his announcement at the White House in front of top health officials, AIDS activists and diplomats from AIDS-ravaged countries. The request for the domestic increase in AIDS spending follows the call Bush made in his State of the Union address for an increase in U.S. funds dedicated to fighting AIDS globally, up to $15 billion over the next five years.Adapted from:
The request Bush is sending lawmakers Monday for the 2004 budget is for $16 billion for AIDS prevention and treatment domestically, including a $93 million increase for AIDS research and an extra $100 million for a program to pay for AIDS drugs for people without health coverage. Congress approved $14 billion in domestic AIDS-fighting funds for 2002. Bush asked for $15 billion for the 2003 budget year, which started Oct. 1, but Congress has not yet completed the appropriations legislation that covers this year. Bush also announced his administration's approval of greatly expanded use of an HIV/AIDS test that lets people learn their status right away. "How can you treat if you don't test?" Bush asked. "How can you help if you don't know?"
It is the urgent moral duty of the United States, Bush said, to spend $15 billion on AIDS relief in 14 African and Caribbean nations, up from $5 billion already planned. If approved, the funding will start with $2 billion in the fiscal year that begins in October.
"The pandemic is creating such havoc that there are mass burials, that there are wards of children that are dying, ... that there are millions of orphans, lonely children because their mom or dad has died," Bush said. "We are determined to turn the tide against AIDS."
01.31.03; Jennifer Loven
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.