The House of Representatives passed an nearly “$60 billion bill Thursday to pay for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and fund a variety of other programs,” including relief and rebuilding initiatives in Haiti following the January earthquake, Fox News’ “The Speaker’s Lobby” blog reports (Pergram, 7/1).
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Seattle Times Examines Reaction To G8 Summit Commitments, Upcoming ‘Global Washington’ Recommendations For U.S. Foreign Assistance Reform
The Seattle Times’ “The Business of Giving” blog examines global health community leaders’ reactions to the outcomes of the recent G8 summit in Canada.
The Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs approved a $52.7 billion FY 2011 spending bill on Wednesday, CongressDaily reports. The bill withheld $3.9 billion in aid for Afghanistan in response to concerns about corruption and “already cut $4 billion from President Obama’s request to fund the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development and dozens of foreign assistance and cooperation programs,” the publication writes.
A day after Haitian President Rene Preval signed a decree authorizing a date for November elections, he rebuffed other recommendations issued by the U.S. Senate, which include “holding an election for his successor, brushing off criticism that the current process will leave the shattered country without a credible leader,” the Associated Press reports.
American Abroad Media examines how religious groups and leaders are dealing with public health issues in Africa. The program consists of five segments.
Also In Global Health News: Liberian Debt Relief; Elections In Haiti; Mexico Ends H1N1 Emergency; Male Circumcision In Uganda
IMF, World Bank Endorse $4.6B Debt Relief For Liberia “The International Monetary Fund [IMF] and the World Bank said on Tuesday they supported a $4.6 billion debt relief program for Liberia,” Reuters reports. The debt relief would make available resources for Liberia to use for rebuilding after years of civil…
Foreign Ops Subcommittee Discusses Corruption In Afghanistan, Potential Of Withholding Non-Humanitarian Funding
Ahead of Wednesday’s mark-up of the FY 2011 state and foreign ops appropriations bill, Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” blog examines recent comments made by House Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) in which she “promised â€¦ to remove all the Afghanistan foreign operations and aid money from next year’s funding unless she can be assured none of the funds are being wasted due to corruption in the Afghanistan government.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday “he expects the FY10 supplemental spending bill will move in the House ‘within the next couple of days â€“ certainly by Friday,'” CongressDaily reports. Hoyer said the prediction was “more than optimism. That is my intent” (House/Sanchez, 6/29).
The FDA’s new rare disease review group will hold its first public hearing on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss how to expand efforts to develop treatments for rare diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people, Reuters. “The new rare disease review group is part of a broadened effort to encourage companies to spend more money on the more than 6,000 rare diseases identified,” Reuters writes, adding that the FDA “already offer[s] companies grants and guaranties seven years of market exclusivity for drugs that treat rare diseases.”
Foreign Policy examines reactions to the priorities set forth in President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) and what they might mean for PEPFAR. Some argue that the administration is “backtracking on a global health battle the world was starting to win” against HIV/AIDS, while others believe the U.S. “responded to the HIV/AIDS emergency a decade ago â€¦ now it’s time to take a broader, more sustainable approach that can eventually move patients away from their reliance on the United States.”