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More Big News: Needle Exchange Legislation Passes US House of Representatives

As I noted here two weeks ago, legislation to repeal the ban on use of federal AIDS funds for needle exchange programs was included in a House subcommittee's health budget bill. The language survived an attempt on the House floor to repeal it, and so has made it through the full House of Representatives. Satisfyingly, the Congressman who tried to delete the language was Mark Souder, who also lost a committee vote on Tuesday to significantly gut his anti-student aid drug law. Souder's pro-AIDS amendment lost 211-218. The flip side is that 49% percent of Congress voted to continue spreading HIV and Hepatitis throughout our communities.
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sicntired@mac.com,Vancouver,B.C.Canada It's fantastic to see that the congress has decided to put life ahead of morality.The sad thing is that while America is implementing legislation that's been the law in Canada for years,our conservative government is trying to turn back the clock on all such legislation rejecting science and hundreds of studies and reports,many from their own committees.

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