Policy & Politics
White House Officials Say Bush Administration Funding Pledges for Global HIV/AIDS Programs Being Met
January 28, 2005
White House officials on Thursday at a background briefing in response to a recent Wall Street Journal article examining U.S. spending for international health and development initiatives said that pledges made by the Bush administration to increase funding for global HIV/AIDS programs are being met, AFP/Yahoo! News reports (AFP/Yahoo! News, 1/27). The Journal on Thursday reported that Bush is "falling further and further behind" on pledges to increase funding for HIV/AIDS and poverty initiatives worldwide, creating shortfalls that are raising alarm among some health and development advocates. According to the Journal, although Bush in 2003 announced that he would increase funding for global HIV/AIDS programs by $10 billion over the following five years, U.S. funding has increased by only $2 billion during fiscal years 2004 and 2005. In addition, even though Bush has proposed an increase of $1.6 billion in funding for FY 2006, the Journal reported that it still leaves a "dauntingly large" $6.4 billion to "extract" from Congress over the next two years in order to meet Bush's initial pledge. The Journal also reported that Bush has "quietly notified" the Millennium Challenge Corporation -- a newly established agency created to administer funding for the Millennium Challenge Account -- that his proposed FY 2006 budget likely will include billions less than he pledged for the initiative during his first term and that if Congress approves Bush's funding request for MCC, it would leave the agency with a $4.5 billion shortfall in what the administration promised to provide over its initial three years (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 1/27).
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