Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill
The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved, by a vote of 23-7, the FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (S.1372), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health (total funding for global health is not currently available as some funding provided through USAID, HHS, and DoD is not yet available).
According to a Committee Report accompanying the bill and a summary released by the Committee, funding for global health programs at USAID and the State Department would be $140 million (2%) above the President’s request and $280 million (3%) above the related House appropriations bill. Funding for PEPFAR at the State Department, which supports bilateral programs and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), is at the same level as both the President’s request and the related House appropriations bill. Funding in the bill for tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), pandemic influenza, maternal and child health (MCH), and polio are above the President’s request. Total funding for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs in the bill, which includes $40 million for UNFPA, is above both the President’s request and the House appropriations bill.
Note: Final FY 2013 amounts are not yet available.
*Represents combined PEPFAR funding (HIV bilateral and Global Fund) at the State Department.
**FY 2012 FP/RH funding was enacted at “not less than” $610 million; according to ForeignAssistance.gov (accessed 7/19/14), the Administration had planned to provide $638 million for FP/RH in FY 2012. The House FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations bill states that “Of the funds appropriated by this Act, not more than $461,000,000 may be made available for family planning/reproductive health.”
***In FY12, Congress approved $35m in funding for UNFPA. However, due to policy conditions put in place by Congress annually, the actual contribution to UNFPA totaled $30.2m.