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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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Secretary of State Clinton testifies before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the FY 2010 budget for the Department of State

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on the FY 2010 budget for the Department of State. In her remarks, Secretary Clinton discussed food security, global health issues, and USAID staffing levels.

Secretary of State Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Foreign Policy Priorities in the FY 2010 International Affairs Budget

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the FY 2010 budget for the Department of State. In her remarks, Secretary Clinton discussed global health issues and USAID staffing levels.

NIH Announces New Program to Develop Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a new drug development initiative called the Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases program, or TRND. Initiated with $24 million in funding, the program is dedicated to producing new treatments for rare and neglected diseases.

H.R. 2475 – Foreign Relations Authorization and Reform Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011

The proposed bill authorizes appropriation levels for the Department of State for FY2010 and FY2011 and directs the Secretary of State to make specific reforms in U.S. foreign relation policy. Among other things, the proposed bill incorporates aspects of other recently introduced bills to protect girls by preventing child marriage.

Secretary of HHS Sebelius addresses World Health Assembly

Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, addressed the Plenary Session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. In her comments, Secretary Sebelius dicussed the international response to the recent outbreak of the H1N1 virus. Secretary Sebelius also discussed President Obama’s new Global Health Initiative stating that “our world demands a new, integrated approach to public health – one that seeks to understand and target the many factors that that can threaten the lives and livelihoods of all our citizens.”

S. 1054 – Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009

S. 1054 provides supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009. The version passed by the Senate Committee on Appropriations on May 14, 2009 provided $91.3 billion in supplemental funding with appropriations dedicated to the International Affairs budget, food assistance, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and to addressing pandemic diseases.

Timeline of the bill:
- The Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs released a summary of the supplemental appropriations budget for the Department of State and Foreign Operations on May 12, 2009.
- Senator Inouye formally introduced the bill on May 14, 2009. The bill was approved by the Senate Committee on Appropriations on the same day.

Testimony by Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew on the FY 2010 International Affairs Budget

Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew testified before the House Foreign Affair Committee on the FY 2010 International Affairs. During his testimony, Deputy Secretary Lew discussed the “principles and priorities that underlie President Obama’s international affairs budget request for 2010” including “five smart power funding objectives.” These objectives include:

1) Building civilian capacity at the Department of State and USAID;
2) Promoting long-term development and human security by addressing economic development and good governance, food security, education needs, global climate change, and global health;
3) Enhancing strategic bilateral and multilateral partnerships;
4) Strengthening global security capabilities; and
5) Maintaining the resources to respond to humanitarian needs.