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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.”

Senate Appropriations Committee releases legislation providing funding for remainder of FY13

The Senate Committee on Appropriations released proposed legislation to provide funding for the remainder of the 2013 Fiscal Year. The proposed legislation would provide funding for global health programs at the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under a Continuing Resolution (CR). The proposed resolution calls for…

Senate Appropriations Committee holds hearing on sequestration, releases agency letters detailing impacts

The Senate Committee on Appropriations held a hearing (webcast available) titled “The Impacts of Sequestration” and released letters from U.S. government agencies detailing the impacts of sequestration including a letter (.pdf) from Secretary of State John Kerry, which states that global health funding would be cut by over “$400 million, gravely impeding our efforts to…

CRS releases report on efforts to evaluate U.S. foreign assistance

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “Does Foreign Aid Work? Efforts to Evaluate U.S. Foreign Assistance.” According to the introduction, the report focuses on efforts by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and “discusses past efforts to improve…