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!
"I urge President Bush to ask Congress for a $750 million emergency supplemental appropriation for the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The United States should make a meaningful contribution to this effort to prevent infections and provide access to treatment and care to those in need around the world."
(phone calls recommended over email)
You can find local and D.C. phone numbers, along with email addresses, for your Representative at www.house.gov. Contact information for your Senators can be found at www.senate.gov.