Pelosi Announces Passage of Provision to Partially Restore HIV/AIDS Funding for San Francisco

Dec 19, 2007
Press Release

Pelosi Announces Passage of Provision to Partially Restore HIV/AIDS Funding for San Francisco

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Contact:Brendan Daly/Nadeam Elshami, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. â€" Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today praising the inclusion of a provision in the fiscal year 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Bill that will reduce severe, destabilizing HIV/AIDS funding cuts in 9 jurisdictions, including San Francisco. The bill will now go to President Bush to be signed into law:

"There was broad bipartisan agreement during last year's negotiations on the reauthorization of the Ryan White program that jurisdictions should not be subjected to severe, destabilizing cuts that threaten access to existing systems of HIV/AIDS care.

"Unfortunately, the Bush Administration chose to implement the reauthorization in a way that led to cuts of 20 percent or more in six jurisdictions, with some areas losing as much as one-third of their funding. A correction was clearly needed, and I commend the House and Senate Appropriations Committees for maintaining 'stop-loss' language in this appropriations bill that reduces these cuts to manageable levels that cities can reasonably absorb in one fiscal year.

"In particular, I want to thank Chairman David Obey, who fought for the largest increase this portion of the Ryan White program has seen in seven years. His leadership in protecting those increases and reducing these harmful cuts will ensure thousands of people fighting this disease get the medical care they need.

"President Bush and Congressional Republicans demanded that funding increases for health and education programs, including Ryan White, be reduced before final passage. As a result, both the increase for Title I of Ryan White and the protections of the "stop-loss" were reduced. However, the "stop-loss" provision will still restore $4.8 million of the $8.5 million cut for San Francisco announced by the Bush Administration earlier this year. The overall increase for Title I is still $23.2 million. After $8 million is used to fulfill the requirements of the "stop-loss," the remaining increase of $15.2 million is still the largest increase in 7 years.

"Although San Francisco developed the model of community-based care that served as the basis for the original Ryan White CARE Act, our needs are still severe. AIDS continues to be the City's second leading cause of premature death and more San Franciscans are currently living with HIV/AIDS than at any point in the history of the epidemic. San Francisco's funding will still be cut significantly under the House bill, but it is more realistic to expect the City to absorb a $3.7 million cut than an $8.5 million cut."