Tutu urges Coburn to drop hold on AIDS bill

Thursday, June 19th 2008, 11:45 am
By: News 9

Associated Press 

TULSA, Okla. -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and others are trying to persuade Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to drop his hold on a global AIDS bill.

Speaking on a conference call Tutu said when the U.S. takes such action other countries follow with their own commitments.

Tutu did not refer directly to Coburn but pleaded with Congress to expedite the passage of the legislation.

Others on the call did challenge Coburn directly and said the bill needs to be passed and signed by President Bush before next month.

Coburn declined to comment.

Holds are allowed by Senate customs and senators use them to either kill legislation or at least delay it.