Where the budget commitments have no name

U2 frontman Bono met Thursday with House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Senate Majority Leader-elect Harry Reid, D-Nev., to urge them to make AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa a priority for the 110th Congress. Apparently he didn’t like what he heard.

“I’m alarmed we could not get a commitment from the Democratic leadership to prevent the loss of $1 billion in the continuing resolution to fight AIDS, malaria and extreme poverty,” he said in a statement posted to the Web site of DATA, the organization he and others created in 2002 to rally the world to help solve Africa’s problems. “400,000 of the most vulnerable people on Earth have been taken hostage by politics.”

“I don’t know who’s to blame. Democrats are blaming Republicans, Republicans are blaming Democrats. But the million people who were expecting bed nets don’t care who’s to blame. They just know that a promise made by the United States to keep their families safe is in danger of being broken next year. It will take responsible leadership on both sides to make this right. We are going to keep fighting. This isn’t over.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.