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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Miz Liz: 'I Will Not Be Ignored'
Romano, Lois
June 3, 1992
Washington Post (06/03/92), P. B3

Elizabeth Taylor, founding national chairman of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, is angry that the federal government has not taken action with proposed AIDS funding. The celebrity demanded from a Senate committee yesterday the promised funding for the Ryan White Care Act, an AIDS relief measure passed two years ago. "When the president signed this bill, a yearly spending level of $875 million was authorized," Taylor said to the Senate Labor Committee. However, only one-third of the funds were approved last year. "For 1993, the president has asked for only an additional $27 million. This is simply not enough," she said. Taylor was joined by Ryan's mother, Jeanne White, and AIDS patients who told how AIDS is "impoverishing, torturing and finally killing young men and women." Taylor said that if the funding is not approved she would "come and ask for it again and again and again, until this is done. She added, "I will not be silenced. I will not give up. I will not be ignored."