What: All Issues : Health Care : H.R. 1298. Global AIDS Relief/Vote to Contribute Funding to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, a Humanitarian Aid Group. (2003 senate Roll Call 177)
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H.R. 1298. Global AIDS Relief/Vote to Contribute Funding to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, a Humanitarian Aid Group.
senate Roll Call 177     May 15, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
Yes

In his January 2003 State of the Union address, President Bush called on Congress to draft legislation to combat the AIDS pandemic. Following House completion of a bill authorizing $15 billion over five years to treat and prevent AIDS in Africa, the measure was sent to the Senate. In a move designed to insure swift passage, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Richard Lugar (R-IN) replaced the Senate version of the AIDS bill with the House-passed version as President Bush had requested. During Senate debate on the measure, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) offered an amendment which would have authorized up to $1 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, a Geneva-based humanitarian aid group. Progressives supported the Global Fund authorization because, in their view, the group plays a key role in gathering and directing funds for AIDS assistance worldwide. On a nearly party-line vote, the Durbin amendment was rejected 48-52.

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