Policy & Politics
Bush to Propose $3.2 Billion in PEPFAR Funding for FY 2006, Administration Officials Say
January 24, 2005
Administration and congressional sources on Friday said that President Bush next month will propose $3.2 billion in funding for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief for fiscal year 2006, one of the few increases in international spending in what likely will be a tight foreign aid budget, Reuters/Yahoo! News reports (Entous, Reuters/Yahoo! News, 1/22). PEPFAR is a five-year, $15 billion program that directs funding for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to 15 focus countries, including Botswana, Ethiopia, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Haiti, Guyana and Vietnam. In November 2004, Congress approved a FY 2005 omnibus spending package that included $2.9 billion to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria -- $99 million more than Bush had requested and much of which would go to PEPFAR (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 12/6/04). According to congressional officials, PEPFAR likely will "escap[e] the fate" of other foreign aid programs in Bush's FY 2006 budget, many of which "face a near freeze in spending growth, if not outright cuts," Reuters/Yahoo! News reports. Bush is expected to send his proposed budget for FY 2006 -- which begins on Oct. 1 -- to Congress on Feb. 7, according to Reuters/Yahoo! News.
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