U.S. House approves $50 billion to fight AIDS

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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch and New Hampshire’s Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes have voted with the majority of the House to pass a global AIDS bill authorizing $50 billion in spending over five years.

The vote was 308-116 to pass the bill.

The measure would expand a program credited with saving more than one million lives in Africa alone in the largest U.S. investment ever against a single disease.

It expands the program, originally focused on 15 mainly sub-Saharan African countries, to include Caribbean nations as well as Malawi, Swaziland and Lesotho in Africa.

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