Posted on April 29, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today attended President George W. Bush's White House speech on global HIV/AIDS to show his support for the President's initiative. "The President laid out a powerful vision for stepping up our efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in his State of the Union address last January," Alexander said. "Now we in the Senate are working on legislation to make that vision a reality." The President's plan calls for $15 billion to help combat AIDS in the most afflicted countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. "More than 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS around the world, and nearly 30 million of them are in sub-Saharan Africa," Alexander said. "I applaud the President on his leadership to fight this terrible disease." Alexander chairs the subcommittee on African Affairs in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.