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.”