For Immediate Release
Cub Barrett, Program Communications Manager
NEW YORK (November 9, 2010)—In an exclusive report on the budget cuts proposed by the new Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, on Monday showed how a return to FY2008 budget levels—the crux of the Republican proposal—will drastically limit HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and research spending, affecting millions of people in the U.S. and around the world.
In the Republican plan, announced in September by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and outlined in the House Republicans’ “Pledge to America,” Congress proposed to reduce non-security-related government spending for FY2011 to FY2008 levels—a decrease from $1.128 trillion for discretionary spending to $1.029 trillion. The proposed cuts will exempt all security programs and will leave $378 billion for all non-security-related discretionary programs, representing a 21.7% cut in President Obama’s FY2011 request.
“It is critical to understand the full implications of what the Republican leadership is proposing if we were return to previous funding levels, which are simply inadequate to deal with today’s epidemic,” said amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost. “People need to understand how these cuts will risk the lives of the people living with HIV and AIDS around the world.”
The proposed cuts will have drastic, immediate consequences and will represent a 9.6% reduction in overall discretionary HIV/AIDS spending. Additionally, domestic cuts would likely seriously undermine the ability of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement the recently developed National HIV/AIDS Strategy—the first comprehensive domestic strategy designed to directly address the U.S. epidemic.
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