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December 14, 2007

110th Congress - 2008 Beginning

Economy

Democrats Plan 2008 Economic Stimulus Package
Congress will consider an economic stimulus package next year, driven by fear that the economy will slow significantly, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., said Friday.

AIDS

AIDS Fracas
When President Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief comes up for reauthorization next year, it will probably be a bit battered from some fresh culture-war assaults. The original five-year, $15 billion initiative — unveiled in the president's 2003 State of the Union address and authorized by a Republican Congress four months later — soon adopted a heavy emphasis on abstinence education and a pledge from U.S. health groups to direct participants out of prostitution and other forms of sex work.

Condoms Useless In Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Africa, Witness Says
HIV-prevention plans in African countries based primarily on promoting condom use are doing “tremendous damage,” to Africans, said a witness who testified in a Senate Health, Education and Pensions committee hearing Tuesday.

State of the Union

State of Union Address Shifted to Jan. 28
President Bush's State of the Union speech next year has been shifted from Jan. 22 to Jan. 28, according to leadership aides in the House and the Senate.

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