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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…

“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…

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…

House approves Electrify Africa Act of 2014

The House of Representatives passed (297-117) the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014” (H.R. 2548). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th) and Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), aims to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa in order to support, among other things, improved food security…

President’s Malaria Initiative releases Eighth Annual Report to Congress

In commemoration of World Malaria Day, which takes place each year on April 25, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) released its Eighth Annual Report to Congress (PDF), “which describes the U.S. Government’s contributions to the global fight against malaria.” Additional Resources: Learn about additional Administration actions & statements commemorating World…

House Appropriations Committee approves FY 2015 spending levels

The House Committee on Appropriations approved the spending levels, or 302(b) allocations, for fiscal year 2015. A 302(b) funding allocation is provided to each appropriations subcommittee and acts as a ceiling for allocating funds in the appropriation bill under the subcommittee’s jurisdiction. The 302(b) allocation for State and Foreign Operations, which…

Resolution commemorating and supporting the goals of World AIDS Day passed in Senate

The Senate passed a resolution (S. Res. 314) introduced by Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) supporting the goals and ideals of World AIDS Day, which takes place each year on December 1. The resolution “commends the dramatic progress in global AIDS programs supported through the efforts of PEPFAR [(The U.S. President’s…

‘Global Health Worker Protection Act of 2014’ introduced in House

Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN, 4th) introduced the “Global Health Worker Protection Act of 2014” (H.R. 4747). Among other things, the bill would prohibit “the Central Intelligence Agency [(CIA)] and any other department or agency… [from using] health or humanitarian workers or activities, including immunization and vaccination campaigns, health education and…

“International Violence Against Women Act of 2014” introduced in Senate

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the “International Violence Against Women Act of 2014” (S.2307). According to a press release from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the proposed legislation would “make reducing the levels of violence against…

UPDATED – House Appropriations Committee approves FY2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (also see the associated report), 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…