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Congress releases FY15 Omnibus

Congress released the FY 2015 Omnibus bill (H.R. 83) on December 9, 2014, which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of State, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as agency-wide emergency funding to address…

U.S. response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa – UPDATED

The information provided below lists the announcements, statements, and actions by the U.S. government to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. White House: White House blog post: “‘Citizens of the World': U.S. Health Care Workers on Why We’re Fighting Ebola at Its Source” (November 3, 2014) White House blog…

“Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act of 2014″ introduced in Senate

Senators Christopher Coons (D-DE), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the “Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act of 2014” (S.2853). According to a press release from Senator Coons, the bill would, among other things, require the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) “to establish a strategy…

House and Senate pass Continuing Appropriations Resolution for FY 2015

The House (9/17) and Senate (9/18) passed the “Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015” (H.J.Res 124), a Continuing Resolution (CR) that authorizes appropriations for FY 2015 through December 11, 2014 at the FY 2014 enacted levels ($1.012 trillion in discretionary funding). While total discretionary funding is maintained at the FY 2014 enacted level,…

Senate passes resolution on Ebola outbreak

The Senate passed (by unanimous consent) a resolution (S.Res. 541) on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Among other things, the resolution states that the Senate “recognizes the severe immediate threat that Ebola poses to populations, governments, and economies in Africa; . . . encourages deepened United States and international…

Global Food Security Act of 2014 introduced in Senate

Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Chris Coons (D-DE), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced the “Global Food Security Act of 2014” (S.2909). According to a press release from Senator Casey, the bill would, among other things, “require the Administration to develop a whole-of-government…

FY15 Health & Human Services Appropriations Bill Introduced in House

The Democratic (minority) members of the House Appropriations Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee announced the introduction of the “Departments of Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (H.R. 5464). The bill specifies funding levels for global health programs at the…

Continuing Appropriations Resolution for FY 2015 introduced in the House

Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY, 5th; Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations) introduced “Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015” (H.J.Res 124), a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would authorize appropriations for FY 2015 through December 11, 2014 at the FY 2014 enacted levels ($1.012 trillion in discretionary funding). According to a press release from…

CRS releases report on international and U.S. response to 2014 Ebola outbreak

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “The 2014 Ebola Outbreak: International and U.S. Responses.” The report provides an overview of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and its impact on health systems in affected countries, summarizes the international and U.S. response to the outbreak, and highlights possible…

President signs “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014” into law

President Obama signed the “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014” (S. 1104) into law (Public Law #113-162). The law, which was originally introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), directs the Secretary of State to provide an annual report to Congress “on the status of post-earthquake recovery and development efforts…