PEPFAR: further troubles ahead?

It looks like PEPFAR might face trouble getting through the Senate even with the compromise on funds earmarked for treatment.  Here’s a quote from a Kaiser Network article:

Senators on Thursday attempted to pass measures (HR 5501, S 2731) that would reauthorize the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, but Republican opponents of the legislation vowed to continue to block it because of its cost, Reuters reports. Wesley Denton, a spokesperson for Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said, “Senator DeMint objects to a huge increase in deficit spending and the lack of real oversight to ensure funds are going for medical purposes to help those in need.”

You know, there’s something eerie about the fact that PEPFAR is being argued over, pushed this way and that in Congress, while so many lives potentially hang in the balance.  I know that’s what the political process is like…it’s just astonishing when you really think about it.

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~ by h.e.g. on June 28, 2008.

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