A $20.9-billion foreign aid bill is working its way through Congress that will provide more funding to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria than had been requested by President Bush.
The fiscal year 2006 Foreign Operations Appropriations bill earmarks $2.8 billion in global assistance to combat these diseases—$258 million more than asked for by the president and $629 million more than spent in fiscal year 2005, according to the House Committee on Appropriations. The legislation also provides $450 million—more than double the president’s requested amount—for the United States’ contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
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