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The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Policy Tracker provides a single reference point for the latest information on Congressional and Administrative action on global health, including the status of key legislation, policies and programs, government reports, hearings, events, and other resources. Links to supporting materials, such as full bill texts, Member statements, and Congressional committee information, are also provided. RSS feeds are available.  A related Budget Tracker provides updated information throughout the budget and appropriations process.

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Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act introduced in the Senate

Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012 (S. 3310), which would establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs. The bill would also require the Administration to establish and maintain a website providing detailed information on U.S. foreign assistance programs.

Learn about the House companion bill (H.R. 3159).

Resolution supporting the XIX International AIDS Conference introduced in House

Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL, 23rd) introduced a resolution (H.Res. 713) “[e]xpressing support for the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) and the sense of the House of Representatives that continued commitment by the United States to HIV/AIDS research, prevention, and treatment programs is crucial to protecting global health.”

"Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review Act of 2012" introduced in Senate

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) introduced the “Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review Act of 2012” (S. 3341), which requires the Secretary of State to conduct a review of U.S. diplomacy and development efforts every four years. Among other things, the bill states that “[e]ach quadrennial diplomacy and development review (QDDR) shall be a comprehensive examination of the national diplomacy and development policy and strategic framework of the United States,” and outlines specific areas and topics that should be reviewed and addressed.

White House releases "U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa"

The White House released the “U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa” outlining the specific objectives, including global health and food security objectives, the U.S. government will pursue in the region.

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Senate Appropriations Committee approves Labor HHS Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2013 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill by a vote of 16-14. A report released by the committee provided the funding levels for global health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which comprises a portion of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) budget, and the John E. Fogarty International Center. Additional funding for global health programs and research conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is not yet available.

Area

Part of the GHI*

FY12 Enacted (millions)

FY13 Request (millions)

FY13 Senate (millions)

Difference: Senate – FY12 (millions)

Difference: Senate – Request (millions)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Global AIDS Program

X

$117.1

$117.2

$117.1

$0
 (0%)

$0
 (0%)

Global Immunization

 

$160.3

$175.4

$160.3

$0
 (0%)

$-15.1
 (-8.6%)

       Polio

 

$111.3

$126.4

$111.3

$0
 (0%)

$-15.1
 (-11.9%)

       Measles & Other Diseases

 

$49.0

$49.1

$49.0

$0
 (0%)

$-0.1
 (-0.1%)

Disease Detection & Emergency Response

 

$41.6

$41.7

$46.6

$5
 (12%)

$4.9
 (11.9%)

Parasitic Diseases & Malaria

**

$19.4

$19.4

$19.4

$0
 (0%)

$-0.1
 (-0.3%)

Global Public Health Capacity Development

 

$9.2

$9.2

$9.2

$0
 (0%)

$0
 (-0.2%)

National Public Health Institutes

 

$0.0

$0.0

$10.0

-

-

Total CDC Funding

 

$347.6

$362.9

$362.6

$15
 (4.3%)

$-0.3
 (-0.1%)

John E. Fogarty International Center

 

$69.6

$69.8

$70.0

$0.4
 (0.6%)

$0.2
 (0.3%)

*GHI: U.S. Global Health Initiative.      
**CDC funding for malaria is considered to be part of the GHI. The exact amount of malaria funding provided in the Senate Labor-HHS appropriations bill is not yet know.

Secretary Clinton gives keynote address during "A World in Transition: Charting a New Path in Global Health" conference

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided the keynote address at a global health conference in Oslo, Norway titled “A World in Transition: Charting a New Path in Global Health”. During her remarks, Secretary Clinton discussed maternal mortality, health systems, and country ownership and provided specific suggestions to donors (strengthen country-led health systems; embrace transparency; improve coordination) and partner countries (invest in health; determine priorities; remove political barriers) in order to improve the response to global health challenges. Secretary Clinton also announced that the U.S. would commit $75 million to the Saving Mothers, Giving Life Partnership.

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House Committee on Foreign Affairs approves Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2013

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed by a voice vote H.R. 6018 – Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2013.  The proposed bill, which was introduced by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th), authorizes FY 2013 appropriation levels for State Department operations and related programs.

CRS releases report on U.S. response to global threat of HIV/AIDS

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “U.S. Response to the Global Threat of HIV/AIDS: Basic Facts.” According to the summary, “[t]his report outlines basic facts related to global HIV/AIDS, including characteristics of the epidemic and U.S. legislation, programs, funding, and partnerships related to global HIV/AIDS. It concludes with a brief description of some of the major issues that might be considered by the 112th Congress in its response to the disease.”

CRS releases report on U.S. response to global malaria threat

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “U.S. Response to the Global Threat of Malaria: Basic Facts.” According to the summary, “[t]his report outlines basic facts related to global malaria, including characteristics of the epidemic and U.S. legislation, programs, funding, and partnerships related to the global response to malaria.”

CRS releases report on U.S. response to global tuberculosis threat

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “U.S. Response to the Global Threat of Tuberculosis: Basic Facts.” According to the summary, “[t]his report outlines basic facts related to global TB, including characteristics of the epidemic and U.S. legislation, programs, funding, and partnerships related to the global response to TB.”