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Senate Budget Committee approves FY 2011 Budget Resolution

The Senate Budget Committee approved the FY 2011 Budget Resolution as proposed by Senator Kent Conrad in the “Chairman’s Mark”. Funding levels in the FY 2011 budget resolution were equal to President Obama’s FY 2011 budget request in all areas except International Affairs. President Obama’s budget request included $58.8 billion for International Affairs whereas the budget resolution included $54.8 billion, a $4 billion difference.

S.Res. 499 – A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day, and reaffirming United States leadership and support for efforts to combat malaria as a critical component of the President’s Global Health Initiative

Among other things, the resolution states the Senate “supports the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day” and “reaffirms the goals and commitments to combat malaria in the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-293).”

CRS Report – Foreign Aid: International Donor Coordination of Development Assistance

The report provides a summary of official development assistance (ODA), “discusses coordination goals established by donors at high-level development policy forums, and provides an overview of U.S. efforts to meet these goals. The report concludes by identifying key issues in donor coordination of development
assistance, with an emphasis on the U.S. perspective.”

Congressional Budget Office – Cost Estimate of S. 1382: Peace Corps Improvement and Expansion Act of 2010

Stating that “S. 1382 would indefinitely authorize the appropriation of such sums as may be necessary to
carry out the purposes of the Peace Corps,” the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) “that implementing the bill would cost about $2.5 billion over the 2011-2015 period, assuming that the estimated amounts are appropriated and that outlays follow historical spending patterns for Peace Corps programs.”

Representative Berman criticizes the FY 2011 Budget Resolution as passed by the Senate Budget Committee

Representative Howard Berman criticized the FY 2011 budget resolution as passed by the Senate Budget Committee stating that “this budget outline would slash critical funding to our Foreign Service Officers and development professionals.”

The FY 2011 Budget Resolution as proposed in Senator Kent Conrad’s “Chairman’s Mark” and passed by the Senate Budget Committee included $54.8 billion in funding for the International Affairs budget whereas President Obama’s FY 2011 budget request was for $58.8 billion.

S.Con.Res. 60 – An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2011, revising the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal year 2010, and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2012 through 2015.

Among other things, the concurrent resolution sets forth the congressional budget for FY 2011.

Timeline of the concurrent resolution:

- Senator Kent Conrad introduced the “Chairman’s Mark” setting forth his recommended funding levels for the FY 2011 budget resolution on April 21, 2010.

- The Senate Budget Committee approved the “Chairman’s Mark” on April 22, 2010.

- The concurrent resolution was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar on April 26, 2010.

S. 2839 – Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act of 2009

The bill amends “the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998 to authorize appropriations to provide assistance for domestic and foreign programs and centers for the treatment of victims of torture.” The bill authorizes $12 million per year in FY2010 and FY2011 for the President to appropriate for foreign treatment centers of torture victims. Additionally, the bill authorizes $12 million per year in FY2010 and FY2011 to be contributed to the United Nations Voluntary Fund for the Victims of Torture.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on December 4, 2009.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 13, 2010.

- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) submitted a cost estimate on April 20, 2010.

- Placed on the Senate legislative calendar and submitted with a report on May 13, 2010.

H.R. 5268 – Improvements in Global Maternal and newborn health Outcomes while Maximizing Successes Act

The proposed bill would “authorize assistance to improve maternal and newborn health in developing countries,” and would require the President “to develop a strategy to reduce mortality and improve maternal and newborn health in developing countries.” Additionally, the proposed bill would authorize the appropriations of “such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2015.”

H.Res. 1155 – Commending the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs

Among other things, the resolution states that the House or Representatives “(1) supports the goals of World TB Day to raise awareness about tuberculosis; (2) commends the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs, including the U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID], the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and (3) reaffirms its commitment to global tuberculosis control made through the Lantos-Hyde U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2008.”

Timeline of the resolution:

- Introduced and referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 10, 2010.

- Approved by a voice vote in the House on May 12, 2010.