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Old 12-18-2006, 05:50 PM   #1
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Democrats leave Bono disappointed

[Q]Anti-poverty activist gets no promise of funds

By STEVE TETREAULT and MOLLY BALL
REVIEW-JOURNAL
Meetings in Washington last Thursday between rock star Bono and Democrats, including Senate leader Harry Reid of Nevada, yielded a nice photo-op but not much else, according to Bono.

Bono, the U2 frontman and anti-poverty activist, was on Capitol Hill to seek assurances that $1 billion in planned U.S. spending to fight AIDS and malaria in Africa would not be lost if Congress freezes agency budgets in the coming year.

Bono said he also was seeking to close a "commitment gap" between what President Bush has requested for anti-poverty efforts and what Congress has agreed to spend in the past.

After meetings with incoming Senate Majority Leader Reid, House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee, Bono said he came away empty-handed.

"I'm alarmed we could not get a commitment from the Democratic leadership to prevent the loss of $1 billion in the continuing resolution," Bono said Thursday in a statement.

"I don't know who to blame. Democrats are blaming Republicans. Republicans are blaming Democrats. But the million people who were expecting (mosquito) bed nets don't know who to blame. They just know that a promise made by the United States to keep their families safe is in danger of being broken next year."

A day later, Bono reconsidered his tough comments and took a softer tone in a follow-up.

Bono said Friday that Reid "acknowledged a difficult situation" with the congressional budget "but he sincerely pledged his best efforts to improve the situation."

Bono said Reid "made my day taking me onto the Senate floor and leading me through the history of that great room."

Reid spokesman Jon Summers said he could not provide details of the sessions, but said the Nevadan "enjoyed his meeting with Bono. They come from different places, but both share a true commitment to solving these critical problems."

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http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_ho.../11460940.html

Welcome to Washington politics Bono.
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Hm, its certainly a tough situation. I feel like the leaders can't guarentee anything at this point, but that once they're in control they'll start to allocate funds to match those promises. While it's hard to think of a lot of other reasons to like Bush for me, I have to be impressed by his commitments to AIDS over the past year, and I think that with the new Congress none of that will change.
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Shitty politics as usual...
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So who is really to blame out of the two parties?? As far as I knew the Republicans were willing to shell out the money. hmmm
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Bono was here?? But really, that's heartbreaking. I don't know who it is to blame, and I don't care. I'm tired of pointing the finger. I wanna see some action damn it.
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So who is really to blame out of the two parties?? As far as I knew the Republicans were willing to shell out the money. hmmm
Oh yeah, how much have they given?
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Well didn't Bush approve 15 Billion dollars to help fight aids in africa?
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So who is really to blame out of the two parties?? As far as I knew the Republicans were willing to shell out the money. hmmm
I don't think the Republicans making promises they can't keep make them any better than the Democrats who are too tight-wad-reluctant to make any promises at all.
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But I think Bush was going through with it? Am I right or wrong?
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Bono hanging out with yet another Mormon.
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Well didn't Bush approve 15 Billion dollars to help fight aids in africa?
Not quite. Bush couldn't get his party behind it, not sure he actually tried. But doesn't it sound good when a President says he will?
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Bono hanging out with yet another Mormon.
Are they the same height???

Justin - according to the article, the 1 billion was "planned". Didn't say whether it was in progress or not, just that it was "planned." That's what I mean by empty promises.
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I can't blame Reid for not commiting to giving the money. The democrats need to get in there, evaluate, and see where things stand before they do much. Before people bash the dems, lets give them a little time and see what they do - then the bashing can commence.
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Bono hanging out with yet another Mormon.
And here I thought religion didn't matter.
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What is troubling to me is the fact that it was promised, and followed through up until now, unless my facts are wrong. I think there was an assumption that it would be met with the change in leadership in the congress.

I am wondering how much of this is a play to be fiscally conservative on the new leaderships adgenda.
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