Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, issued the following statement following the release this week of the ADAP Advocacy Association's Congressional Scorecard evaluating Members of Congress on their support for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAPs). The Congressional Scorecard ranked Members of the House and Senate on their votes and support for legislation related to ADAPs and HIV/AIDS advocacy in general.
Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen received a "Pass with Honors Grade."
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "The fight against HIV/AIDS is one that is dear to my heart. In my South Florida District, our country and indeed the world, the struggle to contain and reverse the spread of HIV is a top priority.
In this ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS, I have consistently supported federal measures to improve education and medical access for the poor, uninsured and downtrodden. We need to be the voice for those who have no voices, and we must stand shoulder to shoulder with those who are growing sicker and dying for not having access to the proper medications and treatments."
"HIV infection doesn't discriminate based on one's partisan affiliation, therefore it is incumbent on our elected lawmakers in the US Congress to put partisanship aside to better fight HIV/AIDS in America," argued Brandon M. Macsata, CEO of the ADAP Advocacy Association. "Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has continually demonstrated her leadership to improve access to care for people living with HIV/AIDS- including her strong support of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program."
Macsata further said of Ros-Lehtinen's "Pass with Honors" grade: "There is not a single piece of HIV-related legislation that doesn't have Representative Ros-Lehtinen's name behind it, including crucial reforms such as the Early Treatment for HIV Act or ADAP as the TROOP Act."