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AIDS council gets a reprieve.

When President Bush took office, the fate of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS became cloudy. Activists wondered aloud whether Bush would want to reauthorize an advisory body that had been created in 1995 by his Democratic predecessor, President Clinton, when its federal charter expired in July. So Greg Smiley, the designated federal official for the council, was pleasantly surprised when Health and Human Services secretary Tommy Thompson announced July 20 that he had decided to reauthorize the council, which has a capacity of 35 members. Because as many as 26 vacancies expected on the council, Thompson said he would reappoint some members who were interested in remaining and name some new faces.

"The gravity of HIV/AIDS as a public health issue supersedes it as a political issue," Smiley told The Advocate. "The Administration's decision to continue a Clinton advisory body is a significant one that certainly should be applauded."
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Title Annotation:Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS is reauthorized under Pres Bush
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 28, 2001
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