The Democratic members of the House Appropriations Committee released a report summarizing the estimated impacts of sequestration as required by the “Budget Control Act of 2011” (Public Law #112-25), which is scheduled to begin on March 1, 2013. Among other things, the report estimates that sequestration “would force cuts to global…
CRS releases report titled “Abortion and Family Planning-Related Provisions in U.S. Foreign Assistance Law and Policy”
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “Abortion and Family Planning-Related Provisions in U.S. Foreign Assistance Law and Policy.” According to the summary, the “report details legislation and policies that restrict or place requirements on U.S. funding of abortion or family planning activities abroad.”
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled, “Sub-Saharan Africa: Trends in U.S. and Chinese Economic Engagement,” which reviews how the U.S. and China are currently engaged with countries in sub-Saharan Africa and examines: “(1) goals and policies in sub-Saharan Africa; (2) trade, grants and loans, and investment activities…
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “Foreign Aid: International Donor Coordination of Development Assistance.” According to the introduction, the “report provides a summary of official development assistance (ODA), discusses coordination goals established by donors at international development policy forums, and provides an overview of U.S. policy and…
Following approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), the full Senate approved (94-3) the nomination of Senator John Kerry (D-MA) for Secretary of State. President Obama also released a statement on Senator Kerry’s confirmation. Additional Information: Senator Kerry’s remarks at a nomination before the SFRC held on 1/24/13.
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced a resolution titled “Recognizing the third anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, honoring those who lost their lives in that earthquake, and expressing continued solidarity with the people of Haiti” (S.Res. 12). Among other things, the resolution states that the…
Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA, 13th) introduced a resolution titled “Recognizing the anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, honoring those who lost their lives, and expressing continued solidarity with the Haitian people” (H.Res. 31). Among other things, the resolution states that the House “supports the efforts…
During remarks at the Society for International Development, Senator Richard Lugar reiterated Secretary Clintonâ€™s statement that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) should â€œbe seen as the premier development agency in the worldâ€ and provided several suggestions on how U.S. development efforts could be improved, including:
– Independent Agency: â€œDevelopment must be an independent partner of diplomacyâ€ due to the inherent differences in mission and timeframe.
- Policy & Budgeting: USAID must be included in relevant policy and budget decisions and â€œmust have the capacity to evaluate programs and disseminate information about best practices and methods.â€
- Development Objectives: U.S. development efforts should be â€œguided by objectives rather than by how we organize our government to deliver development assistance.â€
- Leading Agency: A â€œwhole-of-governmentâ€ approach to development has benefits, but someone needs to lead, be accountable, and coordinate these efforts and â€œan integrated strategy can only come from an agency that understands development is a separate discipline.â€
Congressional Budget Office – Cost Estimate of H.R. 4462: An act to accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake in Haiti
The cost estimate states that the “net impact of the legislation is an increase in deficits of $2 million over the 2010-2020 period.”
Learn more about the bill here. Read the Dodd-Lugar press release announcing the bill here.