What's New in Public Policy?
Excerpts from Hotline Memos of March 2002
from the Information Department of Project Inform
Last April, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced the creation of the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. This international fund is intended to help treat and prevent HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria for those without access to medicine, healthcare, and adequate prevention programs.
While the United States was asked for a $2 billion contribution to this fund, the final appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2002 contained an inadequate $200 million. This amount lowered the bar on donations made by other countries and funders and momentum slowed dramatically.
Some Members of Congress, including Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) are pushing for an emergency supplemental appropriation of $750 million for this fund, which would make the contribution by the United States roughly $1 billion for this fiscal year. This emergency request might be attached to an upcoming emergency spending bill related to funding the war on terrorism, homeland security, or relief for Afghanistan. $750 million is a tiny fraction of the billions of dollars being considered for those programs, and would make a strong statement that the United States intends to play an important role in fighting the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.
You can help with this effort by encouraging the Bush Administration and your Members of Congress to support this emergency supplemental!
How You Can Help
Congress may consider this emergency request very soon. Please take a few minutes to contact the Bush Administration and your federal elected officials and urge them to support this effort!
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