Bush budget rapped for cutting AIDS money

Christian groups say president is not following through on promise
Shrunken AIDS funding in President Bush’s 2005 budget proposal has dampened the spirits of Christian groups and aid organizations, whose spokespersons said he is not following through on his promise to combat the disease globally.

“We all heard [Bush] make a very powerful and passionate statement about global AIDS in last year’s State of the Union address, but this year he didn’t say anything about AIDS,” said David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, a grass-roots Christian antihunger lobby group. “Now that we see his budget, it’s clear that he’s not willing to make financial commitments that are in keeping with his promises of a year ago.”


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