WASHINGTON — Two Senate Republicans pledged to seek $500 million more in federal money to fight AIDS overseas.
Sens. Jesse Helms of North Carolina and Bill Frist of Tennessee said Sunday that they want to add the money to the Bush administration's spending request to pay for the war on terrorism.
The increase would be earmarked to make treatment available for every HIV-positive pregnant woman, said Helms, ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
"There is no reason why we cannot eliminate . . . mother-to-child transmission of AIDS--just as polio was . . . 40 years ago," Helms said in a Sunday editorial in the Washington Post.