Statement on Global AIDS Bill

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thank you very much, madam speaker. and thank you, mr. chairman. congratulations to the chairman of the cu. he is an extraordinary -- of the committee. he is an exord individual who i've known for four decades. we lament the loss of the two individuals for whom this bill is named. i want to congratulate my good friend, ileana ros-lehtinen as well, for her leadership and want to associate myself generally with the remarks of the previous speaker and i think it is emblah matic of the partnership that we have not only with the administration, but on both sides of the aisle as it relates to this moral, as well as health issue. i thank the gentleman for his comment. madam speaker, five years ago the united states made an unprecedented commitment to the people of the world who suffer from h.i.v. and aids. malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases. we pledged $15 billion and with that funding we have provided life-saving drugs to almost a million and a half people. facilitated care for over two million orphans and vulnerable children. and provided mother-to-child transmission prevention services during more than six million pregnancies. we have played a very real role in helping to transform h.i.v. from a death sentence to a manageable disease. and, madam speaker, as i said five years ago when we first passed this legislation, we must recognize that our nation and each one of us has a moral obligation and a national security interest, as has been spoke ever of, in combating the hiv/aids pandemic, as well as malaria and tuberculosis. today this with legislation, the tom lantos and henry j. hyde global leadership against hiv/aids, tuberculosis and malaria re-authorization act, we build on and increase our commitment to stop the spread of hiv/aids. through this legislation we make a $50 billion contribution to the fight of eradicate hiv/aids, malaria and tuberculosis. in addition to expanding our prior efforts, this carefully negotiated legislation will strengthen h.i.v.-related health care delivery systems and increase health work force capacities. foster stronger relationships between hiv/aids initiatives and other support programs, including those that promote better nutrition and education. allows hiv/aids testing and counseling to be provided in the united states by lateral family planning programs and it finances prevention and treatment programs targeting women and girls. this bill, madam speaker, also eliminates an infective requirement that -- ineffective requirement that 1/3 of pep farm funds be filled. instead we've directed the administration to create a balance aid approach requiring behavioral change programs to receive 50% of the funds devoted to the prevention of sexual transmission of h.i.v. and in addition we require the administration to report to congress in programs, nations where the epidemic has become generalized, do not adhere to this balanced approach. this legislation reps -- represents both commitment and compromise. it will not make everyone happy. but it does signal to the international community that the united states recognizes and accepts our moral obligation to act. last year alone, two and a half million people contracted h.i.v. roughly 6,800 people per day. and last year alone, 2.1 million people died of h.i.v. global aids is a problem too large to fall pray to political sport. my very good friend, the late chirman lantos, noted five years ago that this health care crisis ruins families, communities and indeed whole nations. fueling violence and bloodshed across borders. and thus it is a global challenge that demands a global humanitarian response with the united states in the lead. ...