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Senate passes resolution expressing support of U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

The Senate approved a resolution (S.Res.522) expressing support for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, to be held in Washington, D.C. from August 4-6, 2014. Among other things, the resolution states that the Senate “supports innovations in development and an expanded partnership with the private sector, including in the areas of energy,…

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…

Senate Appropriations Committee releases FY15 Health & Human Services Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations released the FY 2015 Departments of Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill. A draft report released by the committee provided funding levels for global health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the John E. Fogarty…

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…

State Department releases “Trafficking in Persons Report 2014”

The State Department released its 2014 “Trafficking in Persons Report” which, according to a pre-event press release, “assesses government efforts around the world to combat modern slavery.” The launch of the report included comments from both Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca. Additional Resources: Read Secretary Kerry’s…

UPDATED – Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, approved the FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, 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 (total funding…

“International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014” introduced in Senate

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the “International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014” (S. 2472). According to a press release from Senator Markey’s office, the proposed bill “would direct the Department of State to make preventing and responding to discrimination and violence against the LGBT community a foreign policy priority…

“End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act” introduced in House

Representative Christopher Smith (R-NJ, 4th) introduced the “End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act” (H.R. 4847), which would “facilitate effective research on and treatment of neglected tropical diseases through coordinated domestic and international efforts.” Among other things, the bill would expand the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD)…

House passes amendment to Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The House approved an amendment to the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (H.R. 4800). According to a House Committee on Foreign Affairs press release, the amendment, introduced by Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), will “improve U.S. international food aid to help more people…

“Food for Peace Reform Act of 2014” introduced in Senate

Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the “Food for Peace Reform Act of 2014” (S. 2421). According to a press release from Senator Corker, the bill would “transfer current food aid authorities from the Farm bill into the Foreign Assistance Act and implement the following reforms that…