The CARE Act was named after Ryan White, an Indiana teenager whose courageous struggle with HIV/AIDS and against AIDS-related discrimination helped educate the nation. However, Congress has not reauthorized the Ryan White Act.
In last year's State of the Union, President Bush said, "We will also lead a nationwide effort, working closely with African-American churches and faith-based groups, to deliver rapid HIV tests to millions, end the stigma of AIDS, and come closer to the day when there are no new infections in America."
On Sept. 21, 2006, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued "unprecedented" new guidelines, urging doctors and all health-care providers to make HIV screening a routine part of medical care for everyone from 13 to 64.
President Bush began 2006 talking about the need for tough immigration enforcement -- and won. National Guard troops started arriving along the U.S.-Mexico border June 15, 2006, and 6,000 were in place by August 2006.
In his 2006 speech, he said, "Keeping America competitive requires an immigration system that upholds our laws, reflects our values, and serves the interests of our economy. Our nation needs orderly and secure borders. To meet this goal, we must have stronger immigration enforcement and border protection."
On Dec. 27, 2006, the Department of Energy announced the selection of five projects totaling nearly $12 million that targeted cost-effective technologies to improve the performance and economics of near-zero emission, coal-based power-generation systems.
On Dec. 6, 2006, the United States Advanced Battery Consortium, an organization composed of the Big Three U.S. automakers and half-funded by the Department of Energy, awarded a $15 million lithium iron phosphate battery technology development contract to A123Systems of Watertown, Mass.
The consortium awarded the contract in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy to develop lithium iron phosphate battery technology for hybrid-electric vehicle applications.
The contract is for 36 months with a focus on systems that are high power, abuse tolerant and cost effective.