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White House May Create AIDS Task Force

April 22, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The White House is considering establishing a task force or commission to study issues surrounding the AIDS disease threat, spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said Wednesday.

″I think there has been consideration of a commission or a task force or a panel of some kind,″ Fitzwater said, that no decision had been made.

Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., has introduced legislation to establish a 21- member commission, including members of the Cabinet, federal, state and local agencies and the public.

Fitzwater noted congressional support for creation of a commission, which would explore issues such the burden AIDS will put on the nation’s health-care system.

At this point, he said, the commission idea is an option being considered at the White House staff level. ″The staff is working up options for consideration by the Domestic Policy Council,″ the spokesman said, adding that proposals might be presented to Reagan within several weeks.

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