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“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…

House Appropriations Committee approves FY15 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved (31-8) the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (H.R. 4800). The approved bill includes $1.466 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $198.126 million for…

‘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…

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY15 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations unanimously approved the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (S. 2389). The approved bill includes $1.466 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $185.126 million for…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

GAO releases report on NIH’s FY2013 research funding allocations

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “National Institutes of Health: Fiscal Year 2013 Research Funding Allocations across Selected Diseases and Conditions.” The report examines the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) fiscal year 2013 funding related to the diseases and conditions outlined in a prior GAO analysis…