Log Cabin Praises Congress for Approving Reauthorization of Ryan White CARE Act
Critical Legislation Will Help Tens of Thousands of People with HIV/AIDS
(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans praise Congress for passing reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act. "We applaud members of the House and Senate for reaching compromise on this important legislation. The bill is not perfect, but failing to pass it this year would've caused real harm to real people," said Log Cabin Executive Vice President Patrick Sammon.
The bill had been held up for weeks by four Democrat senators over changes to the program that were developed as part of a lengthy bi-partisan process. Early this week, Congressional negotiators reached a compromise on the law. "Log Cabin joins HIV/AIDS advocates across the country in thanking members of the House and Senate for putting aside differences and getting this bill passed," said Sammon. "Log Cabin also praises President Bush for making Ryan White reauthorization a priority," said Sammon. "We thank him and other political leaders who worked to pass this legislation."
"Log Cabin Republicans worked hard to secure passage of this legislation," said Sammon. "We proudly collaborated with AIDS community groups, LGBT organizations, and members of Congress to move this process forward."
The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act is the principle federally funded program for those living with HIV/AIDS. It provides approximately $2 billion annually for medication and other critical services to tens of thousands of Americans.