Foreign assistance reform bill introduced in House
Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA, 11th) introduced the “Global Partnerships Act of 2013” (H.R. 1793). According to a press release from Representative Connolly, the bill would reform the U.S. foreign aid system by, among other things, “restoring the U.S. Agency for International Development’s policy and budget functions and identifying eight concise goals for development assistance” including advancing health, promoting food security, improving access to safe water, sanitation and shelter, and fostering gender equality. The bill includes specific sections on the provision of U.S. foreign assistance for maternal and child health (MCH), family planning and reproductive health (FPRH), HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and noncommunicable diseases.