As talks to reduce the federal deficit have heated up, AIDS United and its shareholders have continued to pressure lawmakers to enact a deficit reduction strategy that does not sacrifice the essential needs of people living with HIV, low-income people, and other disenfranchised populations while preserving tax breaks for the wealthy. Please read below for an update on the deficit talks and an analysis of how they directly will impact people living with HIV. Next, read what AIDS United is doing to protect people living with HIV and how you can take action right now.
June 16 - AIDS United adopts positions on fiscal policy
June 24 - Deficit reduction talks led by Vice President Joe Biden threaten to break down as Republican leaders walk out of negotiations
July 1 - President Obama steps in to facilitate a solution that includes spending cuts as well as revenue increases
AIDS United Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, Ronald Johnson, Publishes Blog Opposing Destructive Balanced Budget Amendment
The Congressional Republican leadership continues to support a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA), a measure that would force such drastic cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, that it makes the Ryan Fiscal Year 2012 Budget (which was passed by the House and failed in the Senate), benign in comparison. As the U. S. Treasury Department's August 2nd deadline for raising the federal debt limit approaches and talks between Congress and the White House have intensified, the BBA has been able to fly under the radar and escape mainstream scrutiny, although it threatens health and safety net programs to a degree that is beyond any other current proposal to address the nation's debt. Regardless of the deal that is reached, the details will surely have a major impact on people living with HIV, as health care reform, Medicare, and Medicaid are all on the negotiating table.
AIDS United Helps Organize Call-in Day as Careless Fiscal Policies and Draconian Cuts Threaten HIV Programs
On Thursday, AIDS United asked thousands of stakeholders to call the White House and Congressional Leaders to demand that HIV programs be protected during deficit reduction negotiations. We need to keep the pressure on! It is likely that a deal on the deficit will be reached within the next two weeks. We are going to be counting on HIV organizations, advocates, and stakeholders to make their voices heard THROUGHOUT this process. Please take 5 minutes to make these important phone calls.
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