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Bush Signs Global AIDS Bill

May 30, 2003

On May 27 President Bush signed legislation passed by both houses of Congress authorizing up to $15 billion in funding over the next five years for global AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria treatment and prevention for 12 African and two Caribbean countries. The money must still be appropriated -- usually the more difficult step in Congress. But authorization is an important start, and the U.S. is expected to use it to lobby for more commitment from other major governments at the G-8 summit (Group of Eight nations), June 1-3 in Evian, France.

You can read the full text of this legislation at the Web site of the Library of Congress, There you can search for the bill number, H.R. 1298. The latest version is the current one.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, the House Democratic Leader and the most informed member of Congress on AIDS, commented briefly on both the strengths and weaknesses of this bill in a speech on May 21 (Extensions of Remarks, May 23):

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