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Protesters Occupy House Speaker’s Office to Demand Renewed Funding for HIV/AIDS

HeadlineSep 12, 2023

In Washington, D.C., at least seven people were arrested Monday for peacefully occupying the office of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, demanding Congress reauthorize funding for a global program to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, is set to expire on September 30 and has been stalled by Republicans who claim some of the funds have been used for abortion access. Housing Works CEO Charles King was among those arrested. The nonprofit said in a statement, ”PEPFAR has saved millions of lives. It is criminal for some members of Congress to treat it as a political football.”

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