PEPFAR overview, opinion from “Washington Post”

I didn’t plan on posting more op-eds on PEPFAR, but this editorial from the Washington Post actually has more info than commentary – it’s actually a good overview of PEPFAR, its impact, and the re-authorization saga.  It’s a brief article and definitely worth reading start-to-finish, but here’s an excerpt:

[On Friday, June 27] “it turned out that some of Mr. Coburn’s original band, led by Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, were still blocking unanimous consent to let the bill proceed.  Mr. DeMint … thinks the cost of the reauthorization bill, $50 billion over five years, is too high. … [A]nyway, this is not a case of throwing good money after bad. To the contrary, PEPFAR has supported HIV testing and counseling for more than 33 million people and care for more than 6.6 million (including more than 2.7 million orphans and other children infected with and affected by HIV) since 2003. Increasing it would beef up one of the wisest investments the United States has ever made — in humanitarian terms and in terms of our nation’s image abroad.

The question now is how to deal with the holdouts, who — it bears repeating — are preventing the Senate from even voting on a measure that a bipartisan majority would approve if given the chance.

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~ by h.e.g. on July 1, 2008.

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