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Obama Releases FY15 Budget Request, Including Health, Development Funding

Media sources highlight the health and development aspects of U.S. President Barack Obama’s FY 2015 budget request.

CQ Roll Call: Health and Human Services: Obama Keeps NIH Funding Stable, Slices CDC
“The National Institutes of Health would continue to be funded at roughly the same level in fiscal 2015 as Congress appropriated in the recent omnibus spending measure, with President Barack Obama asking for less than a one percent increase under the budget he proposed Tuesday. … He also is proposing more than a six percent funding cut in total budget authority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, compared to the fiscal 2014 enacted level…” (Attias, 3/4).

Devex: Staying the course: Obama’s 2015 proposal for U.S. foreign aid
“Don’t be fooled by U.S. President Barack Obama’s relatively flat foreign aid budget request for fiscal year 2015. Between the lines of a modest 1.4 percent decrease from 2014 enacted levels, the Obama administration is bolstering Power Africa partners, cutting U.S. support to some major global health programs and creating a new ‘global development lab’ to spur research and partnerships at the U.S. Agency for International Development…” (Igoe, 3/5).

Washington Post: Breaking down spending in Obama’s budget proposal
In an infographic and accompanying article, the Washington Post depicts the amounts requested for different agencies and programs, as well as “the changes from last year’s discretionary funding levels for each department…” (3/4).

U.S. Department of State: Remarks on the FY2015 State Department and USAID Budget
The State Department provides a transcript of remarks by Heather Higginbottom, deputy secretary of State for management and resources, and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah (3/4).

U.S. Department of State: Background Briefing on the President’s FY15 Budget Proposal for the U.S. Department of State and USAID
The State Department provides a transcript of remarks from senior State Department and USAID officials made during a background briefing on Tuesday (3/4).