Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sir Elton John Goes To Washington

British pop icon & fierce AIDS activist Sir Elton John testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee & discussed his AIDS foundation’s efforts while advocating that Congress continues funding towards combating AIDS until the disease is completely wiped out. Elton stated, “Today, I had the great honor of meeting with President Obama along with my husband & the Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, David Furnish. And I had the honor of testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee to urge Congress to continue critical funding for PEPFAR, the President's Plan for Emergency AIDS Relief.” John testified stating, ““The AIDS epidemic is not over & America’s continued leadership is critical. There is a window of opportunity before us, a window through which we can very clearly see the end of AIDS within my lifetime. We cannot afford to let the window close if our efforts flag. Drug resistance will surface, transmission rates will rise & this disease which knows no boundaries will once again become a ruthless pandemic with disastrous & far-reaching consequences. This is the most powerful legislative body in the world & this Congress indeed has the power to end Aids.” Last April we talked to Scott Campbell, Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation in this exclusive audio interview:
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