Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, yesterday was World AIDS Day. And before I left my home district this morning, I gathered with longtime friends and fighters against the surge and the scourge of HIV/AIDS.
Although we have come a long way and made a great difference, 50,000 people are affected each year by HIV/AIDS. This is the 32nd year of the establishment or the announcement of the epidemic of HIV/AIDS, and today some 34 million-plus around the world live with HIV/AIDS. Every 9 1/2 minutes, someone in this country is infected with AIDS.
So I stand here in salute of the Thomas Street Health Center and the
AIDS Foundation, one, because of the health care that the Thomas Street Health Center gives and to be able to thank them for the litany and devotional that they provided for us, and to the AIDS Foundation, of course, to thank them for letting people live with AIDS and to have the comfort of those who will stand with them.
I am also wearing another button today, and that is to salute those and to embrace those who are for the fasting families. We must have comprehensive immigration reform, and I stand with them to save lives, as well.