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CRS releases report on FY2012 State and Foreign Operations appropriations

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2012 Budget and Appropriations”. According to the summary, “[t]his report analyzes the FY2012 request, including State Department, international broadcasting, and foreign aid highlights; recent-year funding trends; and congressional action related to FY2012 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”

Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act introduced in the House

Representative Ted Poe (R-TX, 2nd) introduced the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 3159), 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.

Access Representative Poe’s press release about the bill here.

Bill introduced to provide incentives for the development of qualified infectious disease products

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced S. 1734 – Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now Act of 2011.  The bill provides incentives for the development of “antibiotic drug[s] for treating, detecting, preventing, or identifying a qualifying pathogen,” including, among other infectious agents, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.

Learn more about the House companion bill (H.R. 2182).

White House letter to Congress outlines FY 2012 budget priorities, includes global health

In a letter to Congress, the White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew summarized the Administration’s FY 2012 budget priorities stating that “[i]f the President is presented with a bill that undermines critical domestic priorities or national security through funding levels or language restrictions . . . the President will veto the bill.” Among other things, the letter highlights the State and Foreign Operations budget as a security priority and states “[t]he Administration will strongly oppose legislation that decimates vital, bipartisan efforts like global health programs, food security, and global climate change initiatives.”

House Committee on Foreign Affairs approves bill prohibiting U.S. Government funding for UNFPA

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs approved, by a vote of 23-17, H.R. 2059 – To prohibit funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Additional Information:

  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R-FL, 18th; Chair) opening remarks during the Committee Markup Hearing of H.R. 2059.
  • Representative Howard Berman’s (D-CA, 28th; Ranking Member) statement at the Committee Markup Hearing of H.R. 2059.
  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R-FL, 18th; Chair) statement following Committee passage of H.R. 2059.
Congressional Budget Office releases cost estimate of bill prohibiting funding to UNFPA

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of H.R. 2059 – A bill to prohibit funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The CBO “estimates that implementing the bill would have no effect on the federal budget.”

Congressional letters sent to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

The Chairs and Ranking Members of the Standing Committees in both the House and Senate sent letters providing recommendations for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction as it develops a deficit reduction package as outlined in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Letters addressing U.S. global health programs include:

  • Representative Norm Dicks (D-WA, 6th; Ranking Member House Committee on Appropriations): Among other things, Representative Dicks’ letter summarizes the implications of potential budget reductions to U.S. global health programs.
  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th; Chair House Committee on Foreign Affairs): Representative Ros-Lehtinen’s letter provides a list of specific reductions in the International Affairs Budget including, among other things, eliminating funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
  • Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th; Ranking Member House Committee on Foreign Affairs): Highlighting reductions made to the State and Foreign Operations budget in FY 2011, Representative Berman’s letter urges the committee to “take special care to ensure that international affairs spending is not singled out to bear the brunt of further reductions.

 

Congressional statements commemorating World AIDS Day

Statements from members of Congress commemorating World AIDS Day:

Senate:

  • Senator John Kerry’s (D-MA; Chair, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations) press release.
  • Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius “with a call to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS both at home and overseas.”

House of Representatives:

  • Representative Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA, 8th) floor speech.
  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R-FL, 18th; Chair, House Committee on Foreign Affairs) press release.
  • Representative Barbara Lee’s (D-CA, 9th) press release.