Congress moves toward extending worldwide anti-AIDS program

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez speaks to the media after the Senate passed the immigration bill on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday to extend for another decade a successful and popular program to combat AIDS worldwide launched 10 years ago by former President George W. Bush. The bills feature several provisions to increase oversight of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR, due to expire on September 30. The widely praised program is considered a catalyst for advancing HIV treatment, particularly in Africa. …



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