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Pelosi's effort to protect AIDS funds fails
 
 
  Drew Joseph, Chronicle Washington Bureau
Thursday, October 22, 2009
 
(10-22) 04:00 PDT Washington - --
 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi failed to get a provision in the Ryan White Extension Act to permanently protect San Francisco's federal HIV/AIDS funding.
 
The House on Wednesday approved $2.35 billion for the program, named after a young Indiana AIDS activist who contracted the virus through a blood transfusion and died in 1990. The Senate passed the measure Monday.
 
Pelosi is attempting to secure separate funding through an appropriations process to mitigate the city's loss of more than $5 million to combat HIV/AIDS. A proposed House appropriations bill could restore about $5.3 million to San Francisco, a Pelosi aide said.
 
Pelosi, while praising passage of the extension of the Ryan White Act, criticized Senate Republicans for objections that took away San Francisco's funding.
 
The city has lost AIDS funding since the 2006 reauthorization of the act, which shifted money to rural areas and places with high HIV rates.
 
 
 
 
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