I am pleased to join concerned Members of Congress and non-governmental organizations in launching the Global AIDS Alliance to combat HIV/AIDS, the world’s most deadly infectious disease. The Global AIDS Alliance is a grassroots mobilization effort, modeled after the Jubilee 2000 campaign which succeeded in securing adequate funding to relieve the debt of the world’s poorest countries. The voice of the people rising up and demanding change is the most powerful voice.
The fight against the global HIV/AIDS pandemic has been a long one. We have no choice but to engage in the fight and to prevail. At this critical juncture in history, the United States has the opportunity and the responsibility to lead a more ambitious global effort to combat AIDS.
The United States must take the lead. Our investment in the fight against the global AIDS pandemic not only has a direct impact, but it also leverages significant funds from other countries and multilateral institutions.
The social, economic, security and human costs of this crisis are devastating entire nations. Increased funding for global AIDS programs must be provided as part of a renewed commitment to address the new challenges facing the developing world as a result of HIV/AIDS.
Congresswoman Pelosi speaks out at the press conference for the Launch of the Global Aids Alliance
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As the Ranking Member of the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Pelosi has fought for dramatic increases for global AIDS at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). At a Budget Committee Hearing on March 8, 2001, Rep. Pelosi called for stronger U.S. leadership and for the highest possible funding levels to combat global HIV/AIDS. Her testimony can be read at: http://www.house.gov/budget democrats/hearings/yr2001/pelosistmnt.pdf
Today at the press conference, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was joined by Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN), Reps. John Conyers (D-MI), Jim Leach (R-IA), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Donna Christensen (D-VI) and non-governmental organizations to launch the Global AIDS Alliance dedicated to fighting the global AIDS pandemic.
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