State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016, Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, May 6, 2015   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the May 6, 2015 hearing on "State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs" held before the Senate Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations. From the opening statement of Lindsey Graham: "Our hearing today is on global health programs, and we have a panel of incredibly brilliant people who I am honored to welcome to the United States Senate, so you inform the Senate, the American people, and the world about the good causes that you represent. [...] The private sector, the Federal Government, and other international organizations and other governments have been collaborating for well over a decade to take the fight to AIDS [acquired immune deficiency syndrome], and we are winning and AIDS is losing. At the end of the day, the scourge is being put in a box, but growing in some areas of Africa for reasons that we must address. In terms of future commitment of money, now is not the time to back off. We are literally inside the 10 yard line when it comes to containing some of these diseases like AIDS and malaria, and there are thousands if not millions of young people alive today because of America's intervention and the taxpayers' generosity. It is a national security effort in my view to stabilize developing parts of the world so rampant diseases like AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis can be contained, and does not create further instability in regions that are already unstable. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Deborah L. Birx, Mark Dybul, Elton John, and Rick Warren.

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