Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Coburn's Amendment to Increase ADAP Funding

In yesterday's Senate session, Senator Coburn of Oklahoma, introduced an amendment to increase funding for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. Here's what the Congressional Record says about the amendment:

SA 2232. Mr. COBURN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 3010, making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

On page 139, line 16, insert after the colon the following: ``Provided further, That in addition to amounts otherwise made available for State AIDS Drug Assistance Programs authorized by such section 2616, the Secretary shall transfer $60,000,000 from the amount appropriated under this Act for the construction and renovation of the facilities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to carry out such Drug Assistance Programs:''.

I couldn't find anything that said that the amendment was tabled because it exceeded budget authority. Amendments that do seem to be withdrawn as often as not.

Earlier, Texas AIDS Network had signed on to a letter being sent to the Senate, urging passage of this amendment. Debate is now on-going on this amendment.

Just as another bit of interest, Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania has submitted the following:

SA 2239. Mr. SANTORUM submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 3010, making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year
ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:


At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC. __. The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall use amounts appropriated under title II for the purchase of not less than 1,000,000 rapid oral HIV tests.

I have no background on this.

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