Sunday, February 1, 2009
Senate Stimulus Bill Includes $400 Million in STI Prevention
The Washington Times: Stimulus bills include STD prevention, by Stephen Dinan:
The two sides of Capitol Hill appear to be engaging in a bidding war to see who can put more money toward the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases in its version of the economic stimulus bill.
The House included $335 million in its package. But the Senate, not to be outdone, provided $400 million in STD spending in its bill...
"Senate big spenders will never be overbid in wasting tax dollars. But how in the world does STD research create jobs? Wait. ... Don't answer that. I don't want to know," said Wesley Denton, an aide to Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican.
But the Senate bill, on page 138 of the 431-page measure, directs $400 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "for the screening and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV."
The Senate is expected to begin floor debate on its stimulus bill next week.