Alex Blaze

HIV travel ban repealed, PEPFAR funding passed

Filed By Alex Blaze | July 17, 2008 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Politics, Politics
Tags: HIV travel ban, HIV/AIDS, PEPFAR, Senate

The Senate did something useful for once, probably because it didn't involve a confrontation with the president: they just passed the Lantos/Hyde U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act. This bill:

  1. passed without a provision requiring abstinence-only education,
  2. designates funds for the treatment of MSM,
  3. lifts the HIV travel ban, and
  4. was not named for Jesse Helms.
The PEPFAR reauthorization already passed the House, with funding for "family planning programs."

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Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 17, 2008 12:35 PM

You don't suppose they may have stumbled on to working the the public interest?

Yeah - but can it get through the House like that?

Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | July 17, 2008 1:48 PM

The House passed the measure on April 2nd. I'm not sure if there are differences between that and what the Senate just passed. The Senate bill's manager, Joe Biden, is quoted on Andrew Sullivan's blog as saying he didn't think it would require conference committee action. Given the Administration's sign-on I wouldn't expect any problems in conference if it does have to go there. Unless, of course, Larry Craig renews his stance.

Alex, congrats on your shortest post ever. Oh, aside from the joke post on April Fool's Day. See, it doesn't hurt to get right to the point. ;^)

Already passed the House. I should update and put that in there.

The WaPo article says they're the same but that the House version allows "family planning programs."