Glob­al AIDS pro­gram re­vived in gov­ern­ment spend­ing pack­age as oth­er health rid­ers fall off

Law­mak­ers have agreed to re­new a key glob­al AIDS re­lief pro­gram for one more year as part of the gov­ern­ment’s spend­ing pack­age that must earn pas­sage by Fri­day to pre­vent a gov­ern­ment shut­down. But the reau­tho­riza­tion falls short of the typ­i­cal five-year time­line for the pro­gram.

The pro­gram, called the Pres­i­dent’s Emer­gency Plan for AIDS Re­lief, was first es­tab­lished in 2003 un­der Pres­i­dent George W. Bush, and has large­ly main­tained bi­par­ti­san sup­port over the years. But that changed when law­mak­ers failed to reau­tho­rize the pro­gram this past fall over con­cerns from Re­pub­li­cans that glob­al or­ga­ni­za­tions re­ceiv­ing fund­ing were pro­mot­ing abor­tion.

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