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    ... From: Stop Global AIDS Action Network To: weber@elite.net Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 4:18 PM Subject:
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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~


      >TAKE ACTION!
      >
      >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
      >US.
      >
      >==> HIT YOUR REPLY BUTTON NOW TO AUTOMATICALLY SEND AN EMAIL to
      >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
      >issue.
      >
      >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
      >BALANCE.
      >
      >THE DETAILS:
      >
      >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:
      >
      >click on:
      >
      >http://www.newsday.com/news/health/ny-usaids133129177feb13.story
      >
      >
      >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
      >http://takeaction.stopglobalaids.org/join.asp
      >And, be sure to visit our Partner Groups at
      >http://www.stopglobalaids.com/partners/index.html
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