PEPFAR in the home stretch

Breaking news: the House of Representatives has passed the Senate-authorized version of PEPFAR legislation.  The bill will next be sent to President Bush, who has long urged Congress to approve the bill so he can sign off on it.

The bill passed 303-115.  To find out how each Rep. voted, look here.  For a list of key provisions in the bill, look at this list from AP.  For further info, and links to a couple opinion pieces, check out this Kaiser Network article from earlier today (at that point the House was still planning to vote on the bill).  Here’s an excerpt from the Kaiser article:

One primary difference between the original House version of the legislation and the version passed by the Senate last week is that the House version would have allowed groups to use PEPFAR funding for HIV testing and education in family planning clinics but not for contraception or abortion services. The Senate bill passed last week does not mention family planning programs.

The measure approved by the Senate last week also includes a provision that more than half of the program’s aid go toward HIV/AIDS treatment and care. In addition, it would overturn an existing law that requires one-third of prevention funds be spent on abstinence and fidelity programs, instead requiring a report to Congress if countries do not spend half of prevention money on such programs. The bill also would direct 10% of funding to programs for orphans and vulnerable children, as well as allocate $2 billion for the Global Fund in fiscal year 2009. The legislation contains an existing requirement that organizations receiving PEPFAR aid have a policy that opposes commercial sex work. The bill would create links between HIV/AIDS and nutrition programs and set a target of recruiting 140,000 health care workers. In addition, the measure would allocate $5 billion for malaria programs and $4 billion for tuberculosis initiatives (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/18).

I’ve commented plenty on PEPFAR along the way, so I won’t say too much now.  But here are a few coments from others, penned after the PEPFAR bill was passed by the Senate:

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~ by h.e.g. on July 24, 2008.

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