Pelosi Statement on Ryan White Care Act

Dec 9, 2006
Press Release

Pelosi Statement on Ryan White Care Act

Saturday, December 9, 2006

Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. â€" Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this morning on H.R. 6143, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006, which passed by unanimous consent:

“For years, the Ryan White CARE Act has given hope to those fighting HIV and AIDS. The help it provides has been instrumental in our battle against HIV and AIDS. And with tonight’s crucial vote, the Ryan White CARE Act will continue to improve the quality and availability of health care services for the people living with HIV and AIDS.

“When the reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act was passed by the House earlier this year, I was saddened to vote against it because when it came to meeting the needs of people living with AIDS, it fell far short. Tonight, we righted that wrong, sending a vastly improved bill to the President that reaffirms our will to fight HIV and AIDS.

“Our work is not yet done. Funding has not kept pace with the number of people with AIDS or with inflation, dropping 35 percent per case since 2001. It is long past time we provide additional funding, and next year, under a Democratic Congress, we will reverse that decline.”