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Congressional Budget Office releases cost estimate of bill prohibiting funding to UNFPA

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of H.R. 2059 – A bill to prohibit funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The CBO “estimates that implementing the bill would have no effect on the federal budget.”

Congressional letters sent to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

The Chairs and Ranking Members of the Standing Committees in both the House and Senate sent letters providing recommendations for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction as it develops a deficit reduction package as outlined in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Letters addressing U.S. global health programs include:

  • Representative Norm Dicks (D-WA, 6th; Ranking Member House Committee on Appropriations): Among other things, Representative Dicks’ letter summarizes the implications of potential budget reductions to U.S. global health programs.
  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th; Chair House Committee on Foreign Affairs): Representative Ros-Lehtinen’s letter provides a list of specific reductions in the International Affairs Budget including, among other things, eliminating funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
  • Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th; Ranking Member House Committee on Foreign Affairs): Highlighting reductions made to the State and Foreign Operations budget in FY 2011, Representative Berman’s letter urges the committee to “take special care to ensure that international affairs spending is not singled out to bear the brunt of further reductions.

 

Congressional statements commemorating World AIDS Day

Statements from members of Congress commemorating World AIDS Day:

Senate:

  • Senator John Kerry’s (D-MA; Chair, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations) press release.
  • Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius “with a call to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS both at home and overseas.”

House of Representatives:

  • Representative Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA, 8th) floor speech.
  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R-FL, 18th; Chair, House Committee on Foreign Affairs) press release.
  • Representative Barbara Lee’s (D-CA, 9th) press release.
UPDATED: House-Senate Conference Committee releases FY 2012 Appropriations Agreement

UPDATE: The President signed the bill into law (Public Law #112-74) on December 23, 2011 after the Conference Agreement passed the House (296-121) on December 16, 2011 and the Senate (67-32) on December 17, 2011. Additionally, the Senate voted against (43-56) a resolution (H.Con.Res. 94) that would have applied a 1.83% across-the-board rescission to all FY 2012 appropriations except the Department of Defense (DoD), Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs.
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Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY, 5th; Chairman House Committee on Appropriations) released a statement announcing that a joint House-Senate Conference Committee had reached agreement on final FY 2012 Appropriations legislation (H.R. 2055), which includes funding for global health programs through the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Defense (DoD). While total funding for the Global Health Initiative (GHI) is not yet available, the appropriations detailed in this agreement totaled $8.3 billion.

According to the Conference Report and the Joint Statement of Managers, the legislation also:

  • Directs that no FY 2012 global health funds may be used for needle exchange programs;
  • Includes additional Congressional oversight before the Administration makes a multi-year funding pledge;
  • Requires the Administration to report back to Congress with an analysis of the potential costs/savings of transitioning the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) into USAID; and
  • Requires the Administration to report back to Congress with an analysis of transitioning the leadership of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) to USAID as outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).

Global health appropriations as provided in the Conference Report (House Report 112-331) and Joint Statement of Managers are summarized as follows:

Area

Part of the GHI*

FY11 Enacted (millions)

FY12 Request (millions)

FY12 Conference Agreement
(millions)**

Difference
(millions)

Conference – FY11

Conference – Request

State & Foreign Operations

Maternal & Child Health (MCH)

X

$548.9

$846.0

$605.6

$56.7
 (10.3%)

$-240.5
 (-28.4%)

        GAVI (non-add)

X

$90.0

$115.0

$100.0

$10
 (11.1%)

$-15
 (-13%)

Nutrition

X

$89.8

$150.0

$95.0

$5.2
 (5.8%)

$-55
 (-36.7%)

Vulnerable Children

X

$15.0

$15.0

$17.5

$2.5
 (16.9%)

$2.5
 (16.7%)

HIV/AIDS

X

$4,935.1

$4,991.9

$4,842.9

$-92.3
 (-1.9%)

$-149
 (-3%)

        USAID

X

$349.3

$350.0

$350.0

$0.7
 (0.2%)

$0
 (0%)

        State Department

X

$4,585.8

$4,641.9

$4,492.9

$-93
 (-2%)

$-149
 (-3.2%)

Global Fund

X

$748.5

$1,000.0

$1,050.0

$301.5
 (40.3%)

$50
 (5%)

Family Planning/Reproductive Health (FP/RH)***

 

$615.0

$769.1

$610.0

$-5
 (-0.8%)

$-159.1
 (-20.7%)

        GHCS Account

X

$524.0

$625.6

$524.0

$0
 (0%)

$-101.7
 (-16.2%)

        Other Bilateral Accounts

 

$51.1

$96.0

$51.1

$0
 (0%)

$-45
 (-46.8%)

        UNFPA

 

$40.0

$47.5

$35.0

$-5
 (-12.5%)

$-12.5
 (-26.3%)

Tuberculosis

X

$224.6

$236.0

$236.0

$11.5
 (5.1%)

$0
 (0%)

Malaria

X

$618.8

$691.0

$650.0

$31.2
 (5%)

$-41
 (-5.9%)

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

X

$76.8

$100.0

$89.0

$12.2
 (15.8%)

$-11
 (-11%)

Pandemic Preparedness

X

$47.9

$60.0

$58.0

$10.1
 (21.1%)

$-2
 (-3.3%)

MCC

 

$898.2

$1,125.1

$898.2

$0
 (0%)

$-226.9
 (-20.2%)

Water

 

-

-

$315.0

-

-

Health and Human Services (HHS)

CDC Global Health

 

$340.3

$381.2

$348.9

$8.6
 (2.5%)

$-32.4
 (-8.5%)

        of which HIV

X

$118.7

$118.0

$117.8

$-0.9
 (-0.8%)

$-0.2
 (-0.2%)

NIH – Global Fund

X

$297.3

$300.0

$0.0

$-297.3
 (-100%)

$-300
 (-100%)

NIH – Fogarty International Center

 

$69.4

$71.3

$69.6

$0.2
 (0.3%)

$-1.7
 (-2.4%)

Department of Defense (DoD)

HIV

X

$10.0

$0.0

$8.0

$-2
 (-20%)

-

The Global Health Initiative

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  • FY2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act introduced in the House

    Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY, 5th; Chairman House Committee on Appropriations) introduced the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012” (H.R. 3671), which includes funding for global health programs through the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Chairman Rogers also introduced a resolution (H.Con.Res. 94) that would apply a 1.83% across the board rescission to all FY 2012 appropriations except the Department of Defense (DoD), Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs.

    According to the bill and the Chair’s summary, the bill also:

    • “Directs that no HIV/AIDS funding be provided for needle exchange programs”;
    • “Requires additional congressional oversight before the Administration makes public announcements of multi-year funding pledges”;
    • Requires that the Administration report back to Congress with an analysis of the potential costs (including savings and increases) of transitioning the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) into USAID; and
    • Requires that the Administration report back to Congress with an analysis of transitioning the leadership of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) to USAID as outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).

    Global health appropriations included in the bill are as follows:

    Department / Agency

    Part of the GHI*

    FY11 Enacted (millions)

    FY12 Request (millions)

    FY12 House Bill (H.R. 3671) (millions)**

    Difference
    (millions)

    House – FY11

    House – Request

    State & Foreign Operations

    USAID-GHCS

    X

    $2,495.0

    $3,073.6

    $2,625.0

    $130
     (5.2%)

    $-448.6
     (-14.6%)

    State GHCS

    X

    $5,334.3

    $5,641.9

    $5,542.9

    $208.5
     (3.9%)

    $-99
     (-1.8%)

            of which GF

    X

    $748.5

    $1,000.0

    $1,050.0

    $301.5
     (40.3%)

    $50
     (5%)

    FP/RH***

     

    $615.0

    $769.1

    $610.0

    $-5
     (-0.8%)

    $-159.1
     (-20.7%)

            of which UNFPA

     

    $40.0

    $47.5

    $35.0

    $-5
     (-12.5%)

    $-12.5
     (-26.3%)

    MCC

     

    $898.2

    $1,125.1

    $898.2

    $0
     (0%)

    $-226.9
     (-20.2%)

    Water (all acounts)

     

    -

    -

    $315.0

    -

    -

    Health and Human Services (HHS)

    CDC Global Health

     

    $340.3

    $381.2

    $348.9

    $8.6
     (2.5%)

    $-32.4
     (-8.5%)

            of which HIV

    X

    $118.7

    $118.0

    $117.8

    $-0.9
     (-0.8%)

    $-0.2
     (-0.2%)

    NIH – Global Fund

    X

    $297.3

    $300.0

    $0.0

    $-297.3
     (-100%)

    $-300
     (-100%)

    NIH – Fogarty International Center

     

    $69.4

    $71.3

    $69.6

    $0.2
     (0.3%)

    $-1.7
     (-2.4%)

    Department of Defense (DoD)

    HIV

    X

    $10.0

    $0.0

    $8.0

    $-2
     (-20%)

    -

    The Global Health Initiative

    Total GHI (known amounts)****

     

    $8,255.4

    $9,133.5

    $8,293.7

    $38.3
     (0.5%)

    $-839.9
     (-9.2%)

    *GHI: U.S. Global Health Initiative.
    **The FY 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act included an across-the-board 0.189% rescission to all funding provided through the Labor-HHS portion of the bill.
    ***The FY 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act states that “not less than $575,000,000 should be made available for family planning/reproductive health” through all bilateral accounts, but does not delineate this amount by account. UNFPA funding is in addition to the bilateral funding and is provided through the International Organizations and Programs (IO&P) account.
    ****Total funding for the GHI is not currently available as some funding provided through SFOPS, HHS, and DoD were not delineated in the FY 2012 appropriations bills.

    S. 589 – Global Service Fellowship Program Act of 2009

    The bill directs the Administrator of USAID to establish an “Office of Volunteers for Prosperity” that will fund and oversee a fellowship program aimed at creating volunteering opportunities abroad. Fellowships would be award to individuals working on projects that address a variety of challenges facing developing countries including: “reducing child mortality and improving maternal health, providing medical and dental health care and prevention, and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other infectious diseases.” The bill authorizes $15 million per year from 2010 to 2012.

    H.Res. 238 – Recognizing the threat to international security and basic human dignity posed by the catastrophic decline of economic, humanitarian, and human rights conditions in the Republic of Zimbabwe

    Among other things, this resolution recognizes the health risks that have resulted from poor water condition and sanitary conditions, increases in outbreaks of infectious diseases, increased rates of malnutrition, and a general decline in the health system. The resolution “urges all responsible nations to join the United States in providing urgently needed humanitarian relief to the Zimbabwean people . . . with particular emphasis on food, clean water, and basic sanitation.”

    H.Res. 278 – Global Security Priorities Resolution

    The resolution calls on the President to continue efforts to address the threat of international terrorism and protect international security by reducing nuclear weapons. The savings that would result from this reduction should be directed to child health, food, and education programs in the world’s most need countries including $5 billion over five years for the “implementation of integrated packages of high impact and low-cost health and nutrition interventions at the community level” and an additional $1.5 billion annually over five years “targeted at reducing the incidence of child hunger and increasing child nutrition and educational opportunities” through Food for Peace and the George McGovern-Robert Dole International Food for education and Child Nutrition Program.