November 29, 2018 – Today, Rep. Chris Smith spoke at the White House’s World AIDS Day event. Rep. Smith spoke about President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
“Since 2003, [PEPFAR] has saved an estimated 16 million lives and 13 countries are on track to control their HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2020…It is the U.S. taxpayer above all…who has made the difference,” said Smith.
Rep. Smith continued, “Over $80 billion in HIV/AIDs and tuberculosis programming has been provided by the U.S. government – and there is no equivalent. This is like the Marshall plan in terms of saving an entire generation of people from a pandemic. And again it is the U.S. taxpayer above all…who has made the difference.”
Speaking to those who dedicated their lives to fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Rep. Smith said: “Finally, I just want to say a special thanks to each of you for your compassion, your tenacity, your skill, expertise, professionalism, commitment and above all your love of neighbor. You have changed the world, and you will continue to change the world for the better.”
Both chambers of Congress recently passed Rep. Smith’s “PEPFAR Extension Act of 2018,” which will renew the program for another five years. The bill will be signed by the president and turned into law soon.
WATCH Rep. Smith’s full speech via Politico: