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Congress Moves To Consider Foreign Aid Spending Cuts

On Thursday, House Republicans are expected to “announce fiscal 2011 spending caps,” CQ reports. “Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., is slated to reveal the top-line discretionary spending limits … for the remainder of the fiscal year under unprecedented power that the GOP majority gave him in January. House leaders have said they are aiming to make $55 billion to $60 billion in cuts, while a more conservative faction is pushing for $100 billion in cuts. It is unclear where Ryan’s numbers will fall,” the publication reports.

At Global Chiefs Of Mission Conference, Clinton, Shah Discuss QDDR

As part of a week-long meeting with U.S. diplomats from around the world taking place in Washington, D.C., this week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday gathered with 300 U.S. diplomats from around the world to discuss “strategies to energize diplomacy and streamline development,” the New York Times reports.

Republican FY 2011 Budget Proposal To Be Introduced As Legislation Soon

On Capitol Hill this week, “Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., is expected to turn [the proposed] budget allocation into legislative language with specific allocations for federal agencies. That bill would then be brought to the House floor, setting the stage for a lengthy debate as conservative Republicans seek larger cuts than [Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-Wis).] proposed,” according to CQ (Goldfarb, 2/4).

House Republican Leaders’ FY11 Budget Proposal Cuts $32B In Spending

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday released a fiscal year 2011 spending proposal that would “slice more than $32 billion from agency budgets over the next few months,” the Washington Post reports (Montgomery, 2/3). The proposal “could mean big reductions for virtually all federal agencies other than the Pentagon,” according to the Wall Street Journal (Hook/Boles, 2/4).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Here is a sampling of opinions about recent media reports of corruption and fraud in some Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants: The Lancet: Supporting the Global Fund to fight fraud (2/5). Nature: Tough on truth (2/3). Huffington Post: Why We Must Protect the Global Fund (Zeitz, 2/1).…

Also In Global Health News: Zimbabwe’s HIV Prevalence Declines; Sri Lanka Flooding; Online Tool To Track Outbreaks; U.S. Recognition Of S. Sudan; TB In Swaziland

Study Examines Reasons For Zimbabwe’s HIV Prevalence Decline Reuters reports that an article published in PLoS Medicine “said Zimbabwe’s [HIV] epidemic was one of the biggest in the world until the [prevalence of people] infected with HIV almost halved, from 29 percent of the population in 1997 to 16 percent in 2007.”…

Sec. Of State Clinton Meets With House Budget Committee Chair As Budget Debate Continues

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met Thursday with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the new House Budget Committee chair, “to set out her objections to the House Republicans’ deficit-cutting plans,” the Financial Times reports. Obama administration officials and congressional Democrats argue that Republican’s proposed budget cuts “will reduce U.S. influence throughout the world … and cost lives in Africa and beyond,” the newspaper writes in a story outlining the different perspectives over how far budget cuts should go.

Opinions: U.S. Foreign Aid; Polio Eradication

Foreign Aid, Antipoverty Advocates, Others Must Back Deficit Commission Report Efforts To Restore Budget Choices “Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a chance to interview some amazing people,” ranging from Bill Gates to scientists and teachers, who are all concerned about impending budget cuts, the New York Times’ David Brooks…