WATCH: Left-Wing Insurrectionists Storm Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s Office

On Monday, left-wing activists stormed the office of Speaker Kevin McCarthy, demanding a full 5-year reauthorization of PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief).

The incident saw activists occupying the Speaker’s office, leading to the arrest of six individuals by the Capitol Police.

The activists, who were chanting “pass PEPFAR now,” were lined up against the wall, handcuffed, and subsequently marched out in zip ties.

PEPFAR, which was initiated in 2003, has been instrumental in combating the global AIDS epidemic. However, its reauthorization has become a contentious issue, with some Republicans opposing a full 5-year extension.


According to a Politico report, there have been debates about the program’s efficiency and the allocation of its funds. PEPFAR was launched in 2003 under President George W. Bush’s administration. The program provides funding for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and care services in more than 50 countries, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa, where the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been most severe.

Politico reports:

Congress is almost certain to blow past a Sept. 30 deadline to re-up the law governing the United States’ global HIV/AIDS relief work as the widely praised program becomes mired in the fight over abortion.

Money for the program would continue so long as Congress keeps the government funded — an increasingly uncertain prospect as members with competing demands begin returning this week. But lawmakers in both parties see no clear path for reviving the law by the end of the year. While the program would limp on, the impasse threatens to turn an initiative credited with saving 25 million lives into an annual political battle, making it far more difficult for groups fighting HIV and AIDS to hire staff or launch long-term projects.

GOP House members and conservative advocates allege that some of PEPFAR’s nearly $7 billion annual budget flows to abortion providers — a charge the Biden administration, the program’s leaders and outside experts vehemently deny.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who leads the House’s global health subcommittee that controls PEPFAR, is leading the charge against renewing the program until anti-abortion restrictions the Biden administration lifted in 2021 are reinstated. Those restrictions would block groups that receive PEPFAR funds from using other sources of money to provide abortions or even discuss them as an option.

Smith told POLITICO that he partnered with Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and other Capitol Hill conservatives to lobby fellow Republicans in both chambers over the August recess, and said two arguments they made resonated with members. The first is that PEPFAR would have funding to operate even if the law governing the program lapses, and the second is that the Biden administration has “hijacked” the program to support abortion access overseas.


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