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Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approves Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013” (S. 1271) by unanimous consent. Originally introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), the bill would, among other things, establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs and would…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” passed by Senate

The Senate approved by unanimous consent the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545). Originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), the proposed legislation extends existing authorities for five years and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). According to a press release from Senator Menendez, the…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” passed by House

The House of Representative approved, by a voice vote, the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545), which had been passed by the Senate the preceding day (November 18, 2013). Originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), the legislation extends existing authorities for five years and strengthens oversight of…

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…

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…

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…

Resolution in support of GAVI Alliance introduced in House

U.S. Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN, 4th) and Dave Reichert (R-WA, 8th) introduced a resolution (H.Res.688) “[s]upporting the role of the United States in ensuring children in poor countries have access to vaccines and immunization through the GAVI Alliance.” The resolution states, among other things, that the House of Representatives “affirms…