What: All Issues : War & Peace : Military Aid to Colombia : H.R. 2800. Fiscal 2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations/Vote to Transfer $75 Million in the Spending Bill from Counter-Narcotics Missions in Colombia to Programs to Combat the Global Spread of AIDS. (2003 house Roll Call 426)
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H.R. 2800. Fiscal 2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations/Vote to Transfer $75 Million in the Spending Bill from Counter-Narcotics Missions in Colombia to Programs to Combat the Global Spread of AIDS.
house Roll Call 426     Jul 23, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The major source of contention during debate on the 2004 foreign operations appropriations bill involved the specific amount of money the U.S. should provide to combat the global spread of AIDS and treat those infected with the virus. The subject of this vote was an amendment by Congressman McGovern (D-MA) which would have transferred $75 million contained in the spending bill for counterdrug activities in Colombia into programs to combat the AIDS virus and provide treatments for AIDS victims. Progressives voted in support of McGovern's measure because, in their view, efforts to halt the spread of AIDS and alleviate the pain and suffering of those already infected with the virus are more important than counter-narcotics missions in Colombia. During the debate on his amendment, McGovern pointed out that U.S. aid to Colombia had failed to curtail the production of cocaine in that country; in fact, McGovern noted, cocaine production continued to increase despite the multi-billion dollar U.S. drug war against Colombian cocaine. On a vote of 195-226, the McGovern amendment was struck down and the transfer of money from counterdrug missions to AIDS programs contained in the bill did not occur.

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