What: All Issues : Health Care : H.R. 1298. Global AIDS Relief/Vote to Assist Individuals Caring for Orphaned Children Whose Parents Have Died From AIDS. (2003 senate Roll Call 182)
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H.R. 1298. Global AIDS Relief/Vote to Assist Individuals Caring for Orphaned Children Whose Parents Have Died From AIDS.
senate Roll Call 182     May 15, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
Yes

AIDS has claimed the lives of millions of Africans (every day, an estimated 8000 die from the virus) and a multitude of children have been orphaned as a result. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) proposed an amendment to the AIDS relief bill which would have required the development and implementation of a plan to assist those individuals who are caring for orphaned children whose parents have died from the virus. In the view of Progressives, those children deserve care and support and they voted for Boxer's amendment on those grounds. Democrats voted overwhelmingly in favor of Boxer's proposal but, on a nearly party-line vote, the amendment was defeated 45-50.

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