Just back from a tour of Africa, President Bush said American generosity was saving lives in the region.
Tuesday, the president said Congress must ignore partisan quarrels and approve funding for programs that combat poverty and disease, and promote democracy and trade in africa.
"Having given our word, we must not turn back now," Bush said. "Congress needs to make America's commitment clear by fully and promptly funding our development programs, and presidential candidates of both parties should make clear that engagement with Africa will be an enduring priority of the United States."
The president urged Congress to double funding for his global AIDS plan to $30 billion over the next five years.