“President Barack Obama will send Congress a ‘tough choices’ budget next week that would cut some of his own programs in the environment, community development and services for the poor to rein in the deficit,” Jacob Lew, the White House budget director, wrote recently in a New York Times opinion piece, Bloomberg reports.
US Global Health Policy
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah on Tuesday delivered a speech at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he reaffirmed President Barack Obama’s commitment to the 6-year $63 billion Global Health Initiative (GHI) and discussed the USAID’s role in bolstering U.S. global health programs, CIDRAP News reports.
WH Statement Says Obama Would Veto FY11 Budget That ‘Undermines Critical Priorities Or National Security’
The Office of Management and Budget released a statement (.pdf) on Tuesday warning that President Barack Obama would “veto the continuing resolution [CR] funding bill now being debated in the House if it contains drastic cuts to national security, but it remains unclear if large cuts in diplomacy and foreign aid programs would be enough to force White House action,” Foreign Policy’s blog “The Cable” reports.
House Republican leaders on Friday evening released legislation “designed to fund the rest of the fiscal year, which includes $100 billion in discretionary spending cuts compared with President Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget request,” National Journal reports.
“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday afternoon that the spending levels outlined by House Republicans late last week for the remainder of the fiscal year would endanger the country’s national security,” the Washington Post’s “44” blog reports.
“A prominent aid recipient in the 1990s, Russia has quintupled its annual foreign aid budget in the past four years, from $100 million to $500 million, and created a $7.5 billion fund to help struggling neighbours. It is [also] considering setting up a national body to rival the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),” Reuters writes in an article that examines some of the country’s motivations towards greater investment abroad.
Obama’s 2012 Budget Proposal Requests Boost For GHI Funding, Slight Core Budget Increases For State, USAID
President Barack Obama “released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 on Monday,” the New York Times reports (Calmes, 2/14). The president’s “fiscal 2012 budget allocates $47 billion for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, which reflects only a 1 percent increase over 2010 levels for the core budget,” National Journal writes (Sorcher, 2/14).
In the wake of President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2012 budget proposal and the negotiation of the fiscal year 2011 budget bill in the House of Representatives, news outlets looked at stakeholders’ responses to the measures and analyzed different pieces of the bills.
As Congress considers both the FY11 and FY12 budgets, the Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report’s Jaclyn Schiff spoke to Adam Wexler, a senior policy analyst for global health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, about the potential implications for global health funding.
U.S. Investment In Development Is EssentialÂ Â Â Â Â Â “The international affairs budget does more than just keep our nation safe â€“ it bolsters our economy by creating jobs here and developing markets for U.S. goods and services overseas. It makes sense: effective development brings stability, economic development and a demand for goods…