What: All Issues : Health Care : Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs : H.R. 1298. Global AIDS Relief/Vote to Require the Bush Administration to Purchase AIDS Drugs at the Lowest Possible Price. (2003 senate Roll Call 181)
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H.R. 1298. Global AIDS Relief/Vote to Require the Bush Administration to Purchase AIDS Drugs at the Lowest Possible Price.
senate Roll Call 181     May 15, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
Yes

Antiretroviral drugs can extend the lives of those infected with AIDS for many years. Unfortunately, many AIDS victimsespecially those in poverty-stricken areas of Africa-cannot afford the $300 per year cost of those drugs. During Senate consideration of the AIDS relief bill, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) proposed an amendment which would have instructed the Bush Administration to purchase those drugs at the lowest possible price. Progressives voted in favor of Kennedy's proposal because antiretroviral drugs have proven effective against AIDS and, in the view of Progressives, should be used to treat AIDS victims in Africa. Kennedy's amendment attracted only one Republican supporter and the measure was defeated 42-54.

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