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From: Stop Global AIDS Action Network <alerts@...>
To: weber@... <weber@...>
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 4:18 PM
Subject: Email Senators about global AIDS spending! SEND EMAIL~a5674u3043t0~
>Regardless of where you live, please act now. We need your help to
>urge Senate Majority Leader Frist and Senator Lugar to stand firm on
>global AIDS and debt relief legislation! These Senators are national
>leaders, so you can write to them no matter where you live in the
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>Frist and Lugar.
>In response to requests from President Bush, Senator Frist (R-TN)
>seems ready to dramatically scale back a key piece of legislation.
>The bill that would authorize increased US spending on effective
>global AIDS, TB and malaria programs and mandate deeper debt relief.
>The President is putting the screws on the Senate so that the bill
>will be consistent with his own slower and US-dominated approach.
>And, the President and Senator Frist want to see no mandates for
>deeper debt relief. Senator Lugar (R-IN) is under tremendous
>pressure to go along with the White House and Senator Frist on this
>EMAILS AND CALLS ARE NEEDED NOW TO TURN THIS AROUND! WITH ENOUGH
>PRESSURE WE CAN HELP ENSURE ENOUGH FUNDS TO FIGHT AIDS GET TO NEEDY
>PROGRAMS FAST AND EFFICIENTLY. WE NEED A FAST AND EFFECTIVE FIGHT
>AGAINST AIDS AND WE NEED DEBT CANCELLATION ==> LIVES ARE IN THE
>President Bush wants AIDS legislation to be consistent with the AIDS
>Plan he presented during the State of the Union Address. The
>President presented a bold and compelling vision on the issue,
>including for treatment with generics. But, the fine-print of the
>plan shows that, unless it is fixed by Congress, the result will be
>a slow-paced, US-dominated program.
>Less than 5% of the promised $10 billion in new spending for AIDS
>over the next five years is requested in the President's FY 2004
>budget. And, Bush proposes a reduction from this year's contribution
>to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (from $350 million
>to $200 million), and favors instead programs that are fully
>controlled by the US. Out of loyalty to the President, key members
>of Congress may be persuaded to go along with the Bush approach.
>To enforce his approach Bush is seeking changes in a key spending
>authorization bill. The bill in question passed the Senate
>unanimously last year (it was called the Kerry-Frist bill). Since it
>failed to pass the full Congress it has to be re-introduced and
>voted on, first in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The
>Committee may act on the bill next week.
>Entitled "The US Leadership to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria Act", the
>bill would have authorized $2.5 billion in US spending in fiscal
>year 2004, with $1.25 billion of that for the Global Fund to Fight
>AIDS, TB and Malaria. That 50-50 split, with half for programs
>sponsored solely by the US government and half for multilateral
>programs like the Global Fund, showed a balanced approach to
>fighting AIDS. Combined with another bill, it would also have
>mandated the Bush Administration seek changes in international debt
>programs. It would have requited that that no recipient country
>would pay more than 10% of their government revenue on debt payments
>(and no more than 5% if the country is facing a health crisis).
>Efforts have been made in the current Congress to schedule a mark-up
>of the bill in the Senate Foregn Relations Committee, where Senator
>Lugar is chair. But, action in the Committee came to a halt when
>Senator Frist recently shifted his support to the substitute version
>drafted by the White House. This version would strip out all
>specific funding levels for AIDS programs and remove all
>congressional oversight mechanisms. The overall funding level would
>be reduced to $2 billion, and there would be no designated funds for
>the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (even though the Fund
>will soon run out of resources!). In addition, the critically
>important provisions in the bill for deeper debt cancellation for
>countries fighting AIDS and poverty would be completely removed.
>Senator Frist has been a powerful voice advocating bold action on
>global AIDS -- We expect more from Senator Frist! Senator Lugar has
>also spoken out in favor of a strong US response to the epidemic --
>so, we need Senator Lugar to stand up to White House pressure! The
>bill passed last year by the Senate was a good step forward -- why
>change the bill now just so it does not show up the President?!
>As Senator Lugar said in December, "We must do much more on the
>African AIDS pandemic which is a humanitarian catastrophe and a
>serious economic and political crisis."
>The NYC newspaper Newsday covered the cave-in by Senator Frist and
>Senator Lugar's reaction:
>MORE ACTION IDEAS:
>Let your own Senators know how you feel! Give their offices a call
>and ask them to contact Senator Lugar and Senator Frist!
>Congressional switchboard: 202-224-3121
>Encourage others to call for an end to the global AIDS crisis
>by joining the Stop Global AIDS Action Network at
>And, be sure to visit our Partner Groups at
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