Trump’s proposed budget called for a 17% reduction in money to treat people with HIV worldwide. That would have been catastrophic! There are differing opinions on exactly how catastrophic, but certainly millions would die each year and millions more would contract HIV. Don’t worry, our Congress would never do anything like that. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a version that drops the funding by 6 percent instead of the 17 percent drop Trump was calling for…… so it’s a compromise?
Nope! Not on lives!
And just so we’re clear. By all estimates 6% would still mean millions would die each year. Oh, and here is the kicker. Our total spending on this is 0.02% of the budget, but this accounts for roughly 30% of the global provision for health. This is a no-brainer.
ACTION: Tell Congress we choose lives!
And don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our progress: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1
Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621 or (206) 553-5545
Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441 or (206) 220-6400
“The proposed budget cuts to programs that treat people with HIV are unacceptable. I expect a no vote on any budget that includes any reduction on funding to treat people with HIV.”