Politics & Policy
Bush's FY 2006 Budget Proposal Likely to Freeze, Cut Some International Development Programs, Aid Groups Say
February 4, 2005
Funding for some international development programs likely will be frozen or cut in President Bush's proposed fiscal year 2006 budget, according to some aid groups and congressional sources, the AP/Las Vegas Sun reports. The White House is expected to release details of its proposed FY 2006 budget on Monday. The administration has said that foreign aid "will be generous" and that overseas funding levels have "significantly" increased since Bush took office in 2001, according to the AP/Sun. Bush is expected to request funding increases for two "major" initiatives he launched in his first term -- the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Millennium Challenge Account, the AP/Sun reports (Guggenheim, AP/Las Vegas Sun, 2/4). 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. Last month, White House officials confirmed that Bush will propose $3.2 billion in funding for PEPFAR in his FY 2006 budget -- up from the FY 2005 omnibus spending package approved by Congress in November 2004 that included $2.9 billion to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 1/28). Bush also is expected to request $3 billion for MCA -- an increase from the $2.5 billion he requested and the $1.5 billion approved by Congress last year.
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