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Posted at 6:58 PM ET, 02/11/2010

The GOP roadblock to AIDS funding

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Mark S. Fischer
Washington

The Feb. 5 Metro story “Lawmakers probe agency’s oversight of AIDS programs” vividly illustrated the kind of congressional, most recently Republican, interference that the District has been forced to endure for decades, actually for almost two centuries.

The four GOP congressmen — Joe L. Barton (Tex.), Greg Walden (Ore.), Darrell Issa (Calif.) and Jason Chaffetz (Utah) — ignored this issue while it was going on from 2004 to 2008 under the Bush administration and GOP-controlled Congress.

Only now, during a Democratic administration that is not responsible for the problems and on the eve of their bids for reelection, has this quartet decided to pay attention to the matter. This grandstanding to curry favor with constituents at home is despicable, but the worst may be yet to come.

Remember this history if you hear Republicans feigning concern while opposing the Obama administration’s efforts to increase HIV/AIDS funding overall and in the District 2 specifically.

If these men really want to curb government waste, I suggest they dig into the massive defense appropriations bill where funds are truly bountiful and waste, abuse and fraud are off the charts.

The writer is a member of the Metropolitan Washington Regional HIV Health Services Planning Council. The views expressed here are his own.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | February 11, 2010; 6:58 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, public health  
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