HIV/AIDS | House spending bill includes deep cuts to President Bush's AIDS initiative in Africa
by Emily Belz
Posted 2/17/11, 11:09 pm
WASHINGTON-The U.S. House of Representatives was on the verge of passing a spending bill Thursday that covers the rest of the 2011 fiscal year, until September, and includes $61 billion in cuts. The House snipped $783 million from the State Department's budget for global health-about a 10 percent reduction from the 2010 budget. A large chunk of that budget includes the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), President George W. Bush's 2003 initiative to fight the disease in Africa-it will lose $363 million.