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"Despite Funding Boost, Partisan Fight Expected Over Revised Global AIDS Plan," Congressional Quarterly Today, February 1, 2008.

[Bush is visiting Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda, and Tanzania from February 5-21 and hopes to arrive with gifts in hand. Associated Press calls the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)"the most important and popular international program of the Bush presidency."


A Democratic plan to reauthorize President Bush's global AIDS plan would revoke spending requirements on abstinence education and loosen restrictions on money to some family planning groups.

The draft bill, which the House Foreign Affairs Committee will mark up Feb. 7, would include a huge increase in funding. But the proposal to lift the abstinence and family planning conditions has infuriated Republicans, who are promising to fight changes they see as undermining the AIDS law and opening a door to funding abortion providers.


The Democratic draft would remove an existing mandate that one-third of all HIV prevention money go toward abstinence programs, and another that requires groups to pledge not to work with prostitution groups before getting U.S. money.

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