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Is Elizabeth Dole Out of Her Mind?

Posted by libhom Tuesday, July 15, 2008

From Atomic Gay Wonk 7/15/08:

Obscene: Dole tries to name AIDS bill after Helms

Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) yesterday introduced an amendment that would have added the name of Jesse Helms to the title of the HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria bill that is before the Senate. Helms, who died eleven days ago, was the nation's most vociferous foe of federal funding for HIV/AIDS programs from the epidemic's beginning until he left the Senate.

The name of the Act proposed in S. 2731 is "Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008". The Act would be named after former Reps. Tom Lantos (D-CA-12) and Henry Hyde (R-IL-06), who worked together in their last years in Congress to achieve bipartisan support for federal funding for the fight against these diseases. Sen. Dole apparently thought the title was missing something. From the Congressional Record:

There really is typical of the off the charts nastiness of Republicans. They really like being hateful and obnoxious for the sake of being hateful and obnoxious.

Jesse Helms did everything in his power to promote the spread of HIV through his heterosexist and sexphobic attacks on HIV prevention programs. You would almost think Ms. Dole is trying to give Helms credit for doing so much to make the problem worse.



  1. Shaw Kenawe Says:
  2. Over at Atrios' blogspot "Eschaton," people were discussing this, and more than a few that it would be sweet irony to have Helms' name on this bill.

    I'm not sure about that. Over the years when only his unfortunate descendents will recognize his name, I think it would be disrespectful to all those who suffered and died because of him to have this bill associated with him.

  3. Shaw Kenawe Says:
  4. Oh, and PS.

    In answer to your original question on Dole?


  5. enigma4ever Says:
  6. omg...thank you for posting this- I had not seen this in the MSM...or really even on the blogs- thank you for posting ..

    ( can I add you to my blogroll? ....at watergatesummer?...thanks)

    ( as an old AIDS nurse...this just makes me nauseous....unreal...and you are right he did effect AIDS care in the beginning as much as Reagon)

    thank you...



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