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Corker: PEPFAR Bill Passes Senate, Reinforces Success of U.S. Program Combating HIV/AIDS

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said legislation unanimously passed by the Senate today will reinforce PEPFAR’s (the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) success in combating HIV and AIDS globally. PEPFAR was initiated by President George W. Bush.  

“PEPFAR has saved millions of lives in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and this legislation will help reinforce those gains as the program transitions from an emergency U.S.-led effort to one in which recipient countries increasingly sustain the program themselves,” said Corker.

The PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act, coauthored by Corker, extends certain program authorities and strengthens oversight to ensure prevention and treatment services remain available to those in need.  The legislation is expected to be considered in the House of Representatives this week.