Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

DEMOCRATS FIGHT HIV/AIDS CRISIS

Lowey Will Offer Amendment to Increase HIV/AIDS Funding in FY02 Supplemental Appropriations Bill


April 26, 2002



Representative Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that she will offer an amendment to the fiscal year 2002 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill to provide $750 million in additional funding to fight the global HIV/AIDS crisis.

“With over 40 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS, this epidemic must be stopped,” said Lowey. “Not only does the U.S. have a moral obligation to help control the spread of AIDS and treat those already affected, we also have a national security imperative to ensure stability in sub-Saharan Africa and other affected regions. The Administration and Congress have talked the talk long enough -- it’s time to walk the walk.”

The amendment, which Lowey plans to offer during the House Appropriations Committee mark-up of the bill, would provide a total of $750 million dollars to be divided as follows:

- $250 million for the Global Fund to Combat AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria;
- $250 million for bilateral assistance, to be managed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control; and
- $250 million, to be disbursed at the Administration’s discretion, for bilateral and/or multilateral programs to combat the effects of HIV/AIDS.

“I whole-heartedly support the Lowey amendment and strongly believe the supplemental appropriations bill must provide increased funds for our fight against the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. There is no question that this pandemic is a humanitarian crisis. But it is a national security issue, as well -- one we cannot afford to ignore,” said Democratic House Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO).

“The U.S. must take the lead in this global emergency," said House Democratic Whip Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). "Fighting the AIDS pandemic is in our national interest -- it is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do. Our investment in the fight against AIDS not only has a direct impact, but it also leverages significant funds from other countries and multilateral institutions. The funds we are requesting will facilitate a comprehensive approach to this worldwide crisis."

“I give my strong support to Ranking Member Nita Lowey and Congresswoman Pelosi for their amendment to increase global AIDS funding to $750 million in the FY02 supplemental appropriation bill,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), who has worked to fight this epidemic. “Each day 15,000 people die from AIDS, TB and Malaria. These diseases are treatable and manageable. As the Congress considers the FY02 supplemental appropriations, largely defense funding, we must also prioritize and fight death and disease with the same intensity that we fight terrorism.”

“The battle against HIV/AIDS cannot be won without a strong show of leadership on the part of the United States. I urge my colleagues to support this amendment,” Lowey said.


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