Connect with us
-House Tags 1/3 of Africa AIDS Prevention Money for Abstinence<br>-House Passes Bill To Fight AIDS in Africa

archive

Roll Calls: House Provides AIDS Money for Abstinence and Passes AIDS-Fighting Bill

-House Tags 1/3 of Africa AIDS Prevention Money for Abstinence
-House Passes Bill To Fight AIDS in Africa

ROLL CALL:
House Tags 1/3 of Africa AIDS Prevention Money for Abstinence

On May 1, by a vote of 220 -197, the House approved an amendment sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts (R.-Pa.) requiring 33% of AIDS prevention money sent to Africa under the currently pending bill H.R. 1298 be spent on abstinence education.

Conservatives were already furious with the Bush administration for failing to bar abortionists from cashing in on the $15 billion AIDS program that President Bush promised in his State of the Union Address. They are also upset that Bush failed to demand a bill that focuses exclusively on teaching abstinence-the only medically effective way to prevent the spread of AIDS.

As matters stand, American taxpayers will now be forced to buy condoms for promiscuous young people living on the other side of the globe.

As a concession to social conservatives, Pitts offered this amendment. Even so, he was almost apologetic.

The 33% minimum, he said, does not apply to all of the money in the bill, he said. “That is just prevention funds, and one-third of those.”

“Abstinence works,” Pitts said. He described the AIDS program in Uganda, which focuses primarily on abstinence, and the amazing results it has had on the spread of AIDS. “This focus on abstinence first lowered HIV infection rates from 21% in 1991 to 6% in 2000,” he said. He added that the program has had a stunning effect on the behavior of young people in general. “In Uganda the proportion of young males age 15 to 24 reporting premarital sex decreased from 60% percent in 1989 to 23% in 1995. For females, the decline was 53% to 16%. The program actually changed the behavior in women and men, a fact I hope my colleagues take seriously.”

He also noted that Kenya-where condom use has been encouraged instead of abstinence-has experienced “huge increases in HIV prevalence rates.”

Rep. Tom Lantos (D.-Calif.) denounced the amendment with vigor disputing Pitts’ facts, preferring his own claims instead.

“Some members of Congress attribute the dramatic success of Uganda’s HIV/AIDS prevention program solely to abstinence and marital fidelity programs,” he said. However, he added, the real reason for success there against AIDS has been due to condom use. “Ugandans also use an average of 80 million condoms per year, and that figure is increasing.”

It is very doubtful that Lantos or anyone else has ever counted the number of condoms used. But it is even less credible that he actually believes, as he went on to say on the House floor, that condoms are “a medically proven way to stop the transmission of HIV.”

Ultimately, the amendment succeeded, with social conservatives in both parties putting it over the top.

A “yes” vote was a vote for the Pitts amendment, to require that at least 33% of AIDS prevention money that the U.S. sends to Africa be used to promote abstinence. A “no” vote was a vote against the amendment.

FOR THE AMENDMENT: 220

REPUBLICANS FOR (201): Aderholt, Akin, Bachus, Baker, Ballenger, Barrett (SC), Bartlett (MD), Barton (TX), Beauprez, Bereuter, Bilirakis, Bishop (UT), Blackburn, Blunt, Boehner, Bonilla, Bonner, Bono, Boozman, Bradley (NH), Brady (TX), Brown (SC), Brown-Waite, V., Burgess, Burns, Burr, Burton (IN), Calvert, Camp, Cannon, Cantor, Capito, Carter, Chabot, Chocola, Coble, Cole, Collins, Cox, Crane, Crenshaw, Cubin, Culberson, Cunningham, Davis, Jo Ann, Davis, Tom, Deal (GA), DeLay, DeMint, Diaz-Balart, L., Diaz-Balart, M., Doolittle, Duncan, Dunn, Ehlers, Emerson, English, Everett, Feeney, Ferguson, Flake, Fletcher, Foley, Forbes, Fossella, Franks (AZ), Frelinghuysen, Gallegly, Garrett (NJ), Gerlach, Gillmor, Gingrey, Goode, Goodlatte, Goss, Granger, Graves, Green (WI), Gutknecht, Harris, Hart, Hastert, Hastings (WA), Hayes, Hayworth, Hefley, Hensarling, Herger, Hoekstra, Hostettler, Hulshof, Hunter, Hyde, Isakson, Issa, Istook, Janklow, Jenkins, Johnson, Sam, Johnson (IL), Jones (NC), Keller, Kennedy (MN), King (IA), Kingston, Kline, Knollenberg, LaHood, Latham, LaTourette, Lewis (CA), Lewis (KY), Linder, LoBiondo, Lucas (OK), Manzullo, McCotter, McCrery, McInnis, McKeon, Mica, Miller, Gary, Miller (FL), Miller (MI), Moran (KS), Murphy, Musgrave, Myrick, Nethercutt, Ney, Northup, Norwood, Nunes, Nussle, Osborne, Otter, Oxley, Paul, Pearce, Pence, Peterson (PA), Petri, Pickering, Pitts, Platts, Pombo, Porter, Portman, Pryce (OH), Putnam, Quinn, Radanovich, Ramstad, Regula, Rehberg, Renzi, Reynolds, Rogers (AL), Rogers (KY), Rogers (MI), Rohrabacher, Royce, Ryan (WI), Ryun (KS), Saxton, Schrock, Sessions, Shadegg, Shaw, Sherwood, Shimkus, Shuster, Simpson, Smith (MI), Smith (NJ), Smith (TX), Souder, Stearns, Sullivan, Tancredo, Tauzin, Taylor (NC), Terry, Thomas, Thornberry, Tiahrt, Tiberi, Toomey, Turner (OH), Vitter, Walsh, Wamp, Weldon (FL), Weldon (PA), Weller, Wicker, Wilson (NM), Wilson (SC), Wolf, Young (AK), Young (FL)

DEMOCRATS FOR (19): Alexander, Costello, Cramer, Hall, Hill, Holden, John, Kildee, Lipinski, Lucas (KY), McIntyre, Mollohan, Peterson (MN), Rahall, Skelton, Stenholm, Stupak, Taylor (MS), Turner (TX)

AGAINST THE AMENDMENT: 197


REPUBLICANS AGAINST (21): Bass, Biggert, Boehlert, Castle, Gilchrest, Greenwood, Hobson, Houghton, Johnson (CT), Kelly, King (NY), Kirk, Kolbe, Leach, Ose, Sensenbrenner, Shays, Simmons, Sweeney, Upton, Walden (OR)

DEMOCRATS AGAINST (175): Abercrombie, Ackerman, Allen, Andrews, Baca, Baird, Baldwin, Balance, Bell, Berkley, Berman, Berry, Bishop (GA), Bishop (NY), Blumenauer, Boswell, Boucher, Brady (PA), Brown, Corrine, Brown (OH), Capps, Capuano, Cardin, Cardoza, Carson (IN), Carson (OK), Case, Clay, Clyburn, Conyers, Cooper, Crowley, Cummings, Davis (AL), Davis (CA), Davis (FL), Davis (IL), Davis (TN), DeFazio, DeGette, Delahunt, DeLauro, Deutsch, Dicks, Dingell, Doggett, Dooley (CA), Doyle, Edwards, Emanuel, Engel, Eshoo, Etheridge, Evans, Farr, Fattah, Filner, Ford, Frank (MA), Frost, Gonzalez, Gordon, Green (TX), Grijalva, Gutierrez, Harman, Hastings (FL), Hinchey, Hinojosa, Hoeffel, Holt, Hooley (OR), Hoyer, Inslee, Israel, Jackson (IL), Jackson-Lee (TX), Jefferson, Johnson, E. B., Jones (OH), Kanjorski, Kaptur, Kennedy (RI), Kilpatrick, Kind, Kleczka, Kucinich, Lampson, Langevin, Lantos, Larsen (WA), Larson (CT), Lee, Levin, Lewis (GA), Lofgren, Lowey, Lynch, Majette, Maloney, Markey, Marshall, Matheson, Matsui, McCarthy (NY), McCollum, McDermott, McGovern, McNulty, Meehan, Meek (FL), Meeks (NY), Menendez, Michaud, Millender-McDonald, Miller, George, Miller (NC), Moore, Moran (VA), Murtha, Nadler, Napolitano, Neal (MA), Oberstar, Olver, Pallone,Pascrell, Pastor, Payne, Pelosi, Pomeroy, Price (NC), Rangel, Reyes, Rodriguez, Ross, Rothman, Roybal-Allard, Ruppersberger, Rush, Ryan (OH), Sabo, Sanchez, Linda, Sanchez, Loretta, Schakowsky, Schiff, Scott (GA), Serrano, Sherman, Smith (WA), Snyder, Solis, Spratt, Stark, Strickland, Tanner, Tauscher, Thompson (CA), Thompson (MS), Tierney, Towns, Udall (CO), Udall (NM), Van Hollen, Velazquez, Visclosky, Waters, Watson, Watt, Waxman, Weiner, Wexler, Woolsey, Wu, Wynn

INDEPENDENT AGAINST (1): Sanders

NOT VOTING: 18

REPUBLICANS (7): Buyer, Combest, Dreier, Gibbons, McHugh, Ros-Lehtinen, Whitfield

DEMOCRATS (11): Becerra, Boyd, Gephardt, Honda, McCarthy (MO), Obey, Ortiz, Owens, Sandlin, Scott (VA), Slaughter

ROLL CALL:
House Passes Bill To Fight AIDS in Africa

On May 1, by a vote of 375 to 41, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill (H.R. 1298) to deliver $15 billion in foreign aid to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in Africa.

The bill, which President Bush promised in his State of the Union address, was controversial because of opposition from social conservative activists. In the end, although conservatives were able to ensure that some basic checks were established against the funds being hijacked by radicals, they did not have the clout to ensure passage of a better AIDS bill.

Rep. Betty McCollum (D.-Minn.) was among the many arguing in favor of the bill. “While Congress debates this bill, every 15-year-old boy in Botswana is living with a 90 percent, a 90 percent chance of dying from AIDS during his life. AIDS is destroying millions of lives, families, and entire nations in Africa. Congress should and must act now.”

“America possesses the wealth, the knowledge, the leadership to partner with the people of Africa to save lives, offer dignity to the dying, and provide opportunity to orphans struggling for survival,” she added

A mere handful of conservatives opposed the bill. Libertarian Rep. Ron Paul (R.-Tex.) was the only congressman to speak against the bill as a whole.

“The question is not whether each and every one of us is concerned or would like to do something about this terrible problem,” he said. “The question is whether yet another massive government foreign aid program will actually do anything at all to solve the problem. The United States has been sending billions and billions of dollars overseas for decades to do fine-sounding things like ‘build democracy’ and ‘fight drugs’ and ‘end poverty.’ Yet decades later we are told that in every category these things have actually gotten worse rather than better. Our money has disappeared into bank accounts of dictators and salaries for extremely well-paid consultants and U.S. government employees. Yet we refuse to learn from these mistakes; we are about to make another multi-billion dollar mistake with this bill.”

Paul also invoked Thomas Jefferson. “None of the amendments address the immorality of forcing Americans to fund organizations engaged in family planning, performing abortions, and distributing condoms. As Thomas Jefferson famously said, ‘To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas be disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.’”

Paul, who opposes all foreign aid, was joined by a small but significant group of social conservatives in voting against the bill. Meanwhile, other socially conservative congressmen were willing to support the bill because of provisions-like the Pitt amendment (see rollcall at left)-that at least keep some of the money from being spent on causes they consider evil.

However, conservative groups were very unhappy with President Bush’s desire to ram this bill through the House, because it will likely allow foreign abortionists to cash in on the AIDS program-especially once Bush has left office and America has another liberal president.

A “yes” vote was a vote in favor of H.R. 1298, to spend $15 billion on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria prevention and treatment in Africa. A “no” vote was a vote against the bill.

FOR THE BILL: 375

REPUBLICANS FOR (183): Aderholt, Akin, Bachus, Baker, Ballenger, Barrett (SC), Bass, Beauprez, Bereuter, Biggert, Bilirakis, Blackburn, Blunt, Boehlert, Boehner, Bonner, Bono, Boozman, Bradley (NH), Brady (TX), Brown (SC), Burns, Burr, Burton (IN), Calvert, Camp, Cannon, Cantor, Capito, Castle, Chabot, Chocola, Coble, Cole, Collins, Cox, Crane, Crenshaw, Cubin, Cunningham, Davis, Tom, DeLay, DeMint, Diaz-Balart, L., Diaz-Balart, M., Doolittle, Dunn, Ehlers, Emerson, English, Ferguson, Fletcher, Foley, Forbes, Fossella, Frelinghuysen, Gallegly, Gerlach, Gibbons, Gilchrest, Gillmor, Gingrey, Goodlatte, Goss, Granger, Green (WI), Greenwood, Gutknecht, Harris, Hart, Hastert, Hastings (WA), Hayworth, Hefley, Hensarling, Herger, Hobson, Hoekstra, Houghton, Hulshof, Hunter, Hyde, Isakson, Issa, Janklow, Johnson (CT), Johnson (IL), Kelly, Kennedy (MN), King (NY), Kingston, Kirk, Kline, Knollenberg, Kolbe, LaHood, Latham, LaTourette, Leach, Lewis (CA), Lewis (KY), Linder, LoBiondo, Lucas (OK), Manzullo, McCotter, McCrery, McInnis, McKeon, Mica, Miller (MI), Moran (KS), Murphy, Myrick, Nethercutt, Ney, Northup, Nunes, Nussle, Osborne, Ose, Oxley, Pearce, Pence, Peterson (PA), Pickering, Pitts, Platts, Pombo, Porter, Portman, Pryce (OH), Putnam, Quinn, Radanovich, Ramstad, Regula, Rehberg, Renzi, Reynolds, Rogers (AL), Rogers (KY), Rogers (MI), Rohrabacher, Royce, Ryan (WI), Ryun (KS), Saxton, Shaw, Shays, Sherwood, Shimkus, Shuster, Simmons, Simpson, Smith (NJ), Smith (TX), Souder, Sullivan, Sweeney, Tauzin, Taylor (NC), Terry, Thomas, Thornberry, Tiahrt, Tiberi, Toomey, Turner (OH), Upton, Vitter, Walden (OR), Walsh, Wamp, Weldon (FL), Weldon (PA), Weller, Wicker, Wilson (NM), Wilson (SC), Wolf, Young (AK), Young (FL)

DEMOCRATS FOR (191): Abercrombie, Ackerman, Alexander, Allen, Andrews, Baca, Baird, Baldwin, Balance, Bell, Berkley, Berry, Bishop (GA), Bishop (NY), Blumenauer, Boswell, Boucher, Brady (PA), Brown, Corrine, Capps, Capuano, Cardin, Cardoza, Carson (IN), Carson (OK), Case, Clay, Clyburn, Conyers, Cooper, Costello, Cramer, Crowley, Cummings, Davis (AL), Davis (CA), Davis (FL), Davis (IL), Davis (TN), DeFazio, DeGette, Delahunt, DeLauro, Deutsch, Dicks, Dingell, Doggett, Dooley (CA), Doyle, Edwards, Emanuel, Engel, Eshoo, Etheridge, Evans, Farr, Fattah, Filner, Ford, Frank (MA), Frost, Gonzalez, Gordon, Grijalva, Gutierrez, Hall, Harman, Hastings (FL), Hill, Hinchey, Hinojosa, Hoeffel, Holden, Holt, Honda, Hooley (OR), Hoyer, Inslee, Israel, Jackson (IL), Jackson-Lee (TX), Jefferson, John, Johnson, E. B., Jones (OH), Kanjorski, Kaptur, Kennedy (RI), Kildee, Kilpatrick, Kind, Kleczka, Kucinich, Lampson, Langevin, Lantos, Larsen (WA), Larson (CT), Lee, Levin, Lewis (GA), Lipinski, Lofgren, Lowey, Lucas (KY), Lynch, Majette, Maloney, Markey, Marshall, Matheson, Matsui, McCarthy (NY), McCollum, McDermott, McGovern, McIntyre, McNulty, Meehan, Meek (FL), Meeks (NY), Menendez, Michaud, Millender-McDonald, Miller, George, Miller (NC), Mollohan, Moore, Moran (VA), Murtha, Nadler, Napolitano, Neal (MA), Oberstar, Olver, Pallone, Pascrell, Pastor, Payne, Pelosi, Peterson (MN), Pomeroy, Price (NC), Rahall, Rangel, Reyes, Rodriguez, Ross, Rothman, Roybal-Allard, Ruppersberger, Rush, Ryan (OH), Sabo, Sanchez, Linda, Sanchez, Loretta, Schakowsky, Schiff, Scott (GA), Serrano, Sherman, Skelton, Smith (WA), Snyder, Solis, Spratt, Stark, Stenholm, Strickland, Stupak ,Tanner, Tauscher, Thompson (CA), Thompson (MS), Tierney, Towns, Turner (TX), Udall (CO), Udall (NM), Van Hollen, Velazquez, Visclosky, Waters, Watson, Watt, Waxman, Weiner, Wexler, Woolsey, Wu, Wynn

INDEPENDENT FOR (1): Sanders

AGAINST THE BILL: 41

REPUBLICANS AGAINST (40): Bartlett (MD), Barton (TX), Bishop (UT), Bonilla, Brown-Waite, V., Burgess, Carter, Culberson, Davis, Jo Ann, Deal (GA), Duncan, Everett, Feeney, Flake, Franks (AZ), Garrett (NJ), Goode, Graves, Hayes, Hostettler, Istook, Jenkins, Johnson, Sam, Jones (NC), Keller, King (IA), Miller, Gary, Miller (FL), Musgrave, Norwood, Otter, Paul, Petri, Schrock, Sensenbrenner, Sessions, Shadegg, Smith (MI), Stearns, Tancredo

DEMOCRATS AGAINST (1): Taylor (MS)

NOT VOTING: 19

REPUBLICANS (6): Buyer, Combest, Dreier, McHugh, Ros-Lehtinen, Whitfield

DEMOCRATS (13): Becerra, Berman, Boyd, Brown (OH), Gephardt, Green (TX), McCarthy (MO), Obey, Ortiz, Owens, Sandlin, Scott (VA), Slaughter

Written By

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

TRENDING NOW:

Connect