Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Budget Cuts

As is being widely reported, Bush is pushing numerous budget cuts and reductions in his 2006 budget. As a follow up to my post about the AIDS vaccine program and the underfunding of preventitive care in minority and poor communities, it is clear that AIDS prevention and treatment is not a high priority: among the many cuts is the CDC's Preventitive Health And Health Services block grant program. One of the many goals of this program is to fund providing funding support for screening services to people for hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, cancers, and infectious diseases for underserved and uninsured populations.

Among those many proposed budget cuts, one not so tough cut was the funding for the office for the U.S. Institute of Peace. I applaud this move; it is time to end the irony.


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