The Senate passed by unanimous consent a resolution (S.Res. 368) introduced by Senator Bill Nelson “recognizing the 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.” In addition to reaffirming the Senate’s support of reconstruction efforts, the resolution encourages the U.S. Government, the Government of Haiti, and international donors “to develop, improve, and scale-up communications and participatory mechanisms to more substantially involve civil society in Haiti at all stages of the cholera and post-earthquake responses.”
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2012 Budget and Appropriations”. According to the summary, “[t]his report analyzes the FY2012 request and congressional action related to FY2012 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “U.S. Response to the Global Threat of Tuberculosis: Basic Facts”. According to the report summary, “[t]his report outlines basic facts related to global TB, including characteristics of the epidemic and U.S. legislation, programs, funding, and partnerships related to the global response to TB.”
Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL, 17th) and Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced companion resolutions (H.Res. 521 and S.Res. 352) stating that the United States and the Government of Haiti should work together to address, including through the provision of medical care, gender-based violence (GBV) against women and children. Representative Wilson also issued a press release about the resolution.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “Does Foreign Aid Work? Efforts to Evaluate U.S. Foreign Assistance.” According to the introduction, the report focuses on efforts by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and “discusses past efforts to improve aid evaluation, as well as ongoing issues that make evaluation challenging in the foreign assistance context. The report also provides an overview of the current evaluation policies of the primary implementing agencies, and discusses related issues for Congress, including recent legislation.”
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the “Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review Act of 2012” (S. 3341). The CBO “estimates that implementing S. 3341 would cost $8 million over the 2013-2017 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.”
During a hearing held by the Senate Foreign Relations International Development Subcommittee titled “Evaluating Current U.S. Global Food Security Efforts and Determining Future U.S. Leadership Opportunities,” Feed the Future (FtF) Deputy Coordinator for Development Tjada McKenna testified on U.S. efforts through FtF to address food security and undernutrition issues.
"Global Science Program for Security, Competitiveness, and Diplomacy Act of 2012" introduced in House
Representative Russ Carnahan (D-MO, 3rd) introduced the “Global Science Program for Security, Competitiveness, and Diplomacy Act of 2012” (H.R. 6303) in the House. Among other things, the proposed bill would create research competitions at the global, regional, or country specific level with the aim of “address[ing] global challenges such as ocean acidification, nonproliferation, multiple drug resistant diseases, water-borne diseases, development of sustainable renewable energy resources, sanitation, food shortage, and water resources.”
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Ensuring Drug Quality in Global Health Programs”, which “examined (1) the regulatory and policy requirements intended to ensure the quality of drugs procured with U.S. aid funds and (2) the systems in place to monitor drug quality in supply chains used by programs receiving U.S. foreign aid funds.” The GAO did not make any recommendations in this report.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. During testimony before both Committees, Administrator Shah summarized the FY13 budget request for USAID and highlighted efforts through the Feed the Future Initiative and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).
House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs
- Opening remarks by Representative Kay Granger (R-TX, 12th; Chair of the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs) asking Administrator Shah to, among other things, “explain whether the proposed reductions [in global health] can be taken without jeopardizing U.S. leadership in important areas like malaria and maternal and child health.”
- Opening remarks by Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY, 18th) asking Administrator Shah to comment on the proposed reductions in funding for the GHI and USAID’s nutrition programs.
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations