POLITICS
08/10/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Congress To Vote On Needle Exchange Ban, One Day After AIDS Activists' Protest

This really came out of nowhere. Yesterday, we had AIDS activists quite literally close down the US Capitol Rotunda to protest President Obama's request to Congress to keep the federal ban on needle exchange in place (Obama had promised during the election to help lift the ban, but in his budget this year asked Congress to keep it). Today, we have the mark-up of the House Labor-HHS Appropriations bill, and in it is a repeal of the needle exchange ban.

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