PEPFAR 2 and YOUR tax dollars

Do you believe the government has enough of your tax money to accomplish what they need to do?

Obama co-sponsors bill to open USA borders to HIV/AIDS carriers

Obama co-sponsors bill to open USA borders to HIV/AIDS carriers

United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 is a Bill that BO has co-sponsored. This bill will cost taxpayers somewhere to the tune of $50 BILLION dollars.

“To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 to provide assistance to foreign countries to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, and for other purposes.”

I just love reading these bills that include “and for other purposes” in the headline text. Remember that feeling when you were a child and you found that surprise in the box of cereal? That’s how I feel reading these bills – there’s always an interesting surprise.

When they bury “amendments” within a new bill, I’ve found it usually means adding more appropriations to something else without drawing any attention. If you read this bill text you will see that this time is no exception.

Burried within this bill is an amendment to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to lift a ban on HIV/AIDS carriers from entering the U.S. or obtaining legal permanent residency.

Train, retain, and support at least 140,000 new African health workers

…the President shall give priority to those countries in which there is a high prevalence or significantly rising incidence of HIV/AIDS, countries with large populations and inadequate health infrastructure, countries in which a concentrated HIV/AIDS epidemic could become generalized to the entire population of the country, and in countries whose governments demonstrate a commitment to combating HIV/AIDS.”;

The new bill would link AIDS services to other health services women need, such as family planning and maternal- child services

Reauthorizes existing programs under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, including the vaccine fund, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and the malaria vaccine development program for Fiscal Years 2009 to 2013 and also provides new authorization for a U.S. contribution to tuberculosis vaccine development programs

Amends the 2003 Leadership Act regarding U.S. contributions to the Global Fund. Specifically, the bill would:
Increase the annual authorization for U.S. contributions to the Fund from $1 billion to up to $2 billion for Fiscal Year 2009 and such sums as necessary for Fiscal Years 2010 through 2013;

Include a Presidential waiver to allow the Global Fund to work in Southern Sudan without incurring a deduction in the U.S. contribution;

Establish a policy that instructs the Global AIDS Coordinator, in conjunction with the Global Fund, to work to prevent the imposition of duties, tariffs and taxes on goods and services provided by the Global Fund; and Assistance to combat tuberculosis.

 S. 2731 would amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to support the achievement of the goals established in the Global Plan to Stop TB. It includes a requirement to provide assistance to combat tuberculosis and a list of activities to be carried out, including diagnostic testing and counseling, treatment, and implementation of protocols to address drug resistance and also establishes targets and includes increased reporting requirements for TB activities.

Further, the bill would authorize a total of $4 billion for Fiscal Years 2009 to 2013 for assistance to combat tuberculosis.

Assistance to combat malaria. Amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to ensure that treatment is part of U.S. efforts to combat malaria. It would amend the 2003 Leadership Act to authorize a total of $5 billion for Fiscal Years 2009 to 2013 for assistance to combat malaria.

Authorization of appropriations. The bill would increase the authorization under the 2003 Leadership Act to $50 billion for Fiscal Years 2009 to 2013, to allow for gradual expansion of the program

This bill is currently in congress. It’s also called the PEPFAR Reauthorization Bill or PEPFAR 2

The  U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (commonly called PEPFAR). PEPFAR would be expanded dramatically by legislation that would be tripled to $50 billion over the next five years

Barack is spearheading the gifting of our hard earned tax dollars to another country when the United States can’t afford to take care of it’s own people. Is this his way of cleaning up Washington? Is this his idea of “change”?

This is what his campaign site says:
As a U.S. Senator, Barack Obama  says he has spearheaded the effort to clean up Washington. “I’m not asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington … I’m asking you to believe in yours.”

What about your American countrymen Senator Obama? What about the citizens of THIS COUNTRY? That would have kept him consistent with his campaign promises.

Just words?
Obama says he will raise taxes on “certain groups” With that being said are you SURE you’re not part of that “group”? If you’re sure you’re not part of that group are you SURE he won’t tax your “group” if he doesn’t get enough from “them”?
McCain continues to say government has taken enough of everyones’ money and won’t raise taxes for anyone. He asserts that government spending needs to be reined in.
Is Senator Obama giving America a preview of the priorities he would pursue if elected president?

S. 2731

UPDATE: Career voting records: Currently, Senator Obama has voted 94 times to raise taxes. Senator McCain has NEVER voted to raise taxes. Currently, Senator Obama has inserted over $750,000,000 (750 million dollars) earmarks into bills. Senator McCain has NEVER inserted an earmark.


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