Here's some of the wittiest and most interesting observations / commentary I managed to round up as Clinton spoke:
@JRatevosian pointed out something interesting:
I looked into this and the White House FY11 funding request for the Global Fund was indeed lower than the funding amount that was enacted in FY10. According to this budget tracker from Kaiser (my employer), the White House requested $700 million this year. In FY10, Congress approved $750 million for the Global Fund. But Senate and the House committees have both passed funding higher than the FY10 amount. Most recently, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved (login required) a $54.1 billion FY 2011 spending bill for the State Department that includes $800 million for the Global Fund.
@JRatevosian was on a roll today and it's also worth noting another great question he raised:
I'm wondering what the deal will be if Lew is confirmed? Despite reports of strong resistance from Clinton, last month Obama nominated Lew to be the new director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Other questions/ ideas from the discussion:
Additional thoughts / questions from the discussion? Or was there a tweet I missed? Feel free to add your say / enhance this discussion in the comments.