Press Room

December 09, 2006

Category: HIV & AIDS

Human Rights Campaign Statement Urging House to Stop Playing Politics and Pass Ryan White Reauthoriz

WASHINGTON - The following statement was made tonight by Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, upon passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act. Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate passed this critical lifeline for more than half a million low-income Americans living with HIV/AIDS.

"We are extremely pleased Congress approved the reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act and now it is on its way to the president's desk to be signed into law," said Solmonese. "As this bill faced being caught in a political play at the 11th hour, thousands of those in our community flooded the U.S. Capitol with calls demanding passage. It is because of the tireless work of GLBT Americans and HIV/AIDS advocates across this country that this lifeline for more than half a million low-income Americans living with HIV/AIDS remains intact. We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge our champions in both the House and Senate who have been there from the beginning and continued standing with us at the end to secure passage of the Ryan White CARE Act."

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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