Deal Struck on HIV Bill

Posted July 11, 2008 at 7:31pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and several Republicans reached a deal Friday evening that prevents a standoff over legislation that has the president’s backing.

Reid and several GOP lawmakers, namely Minority Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.) and Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.), brokered a compromise that allows consideration of a bill that funds vaccines for HIV/AIDS and other deadly illnesses in developing nations.

The two Republicans criticized Reid for not having an open amendment process and limiting the number of amendments that they could offer.

The agreement comes after two days of in-depth negotiations between the Democratic leadership and several Republicans who raised concerns about the ballooning cost and the necessity of such legislation during a time of record-breaking gasoline prices.