By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com September 07 2002 12:00 AM ET
President Bush on Wednesday asked Congress to include $200 million in funding for international HIV/AIDS efforts as part of a larger $996 million appropriations measure intended to replace some of the $5.1 billion in contingency funds he refused to allocate in August. The new proposal also includes money to aid Israeli and Palestinian peace efforts and to bolster security at U.S. airports and reportedly has widespread bipartisan support in Congress. Bush withheld the $5.1 billion in contingency funds to "send a signal to Congress to reign in spending."