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H.R. 755 – Investing in Our Future Act of 2011

The proposed bill would impose a 0.005% tax on the value of the currency (if greater than $10,000 USD) acquired in a currency exchange transaction. The revenue generated by this tax would be directed to three new trust funds established at the Department of the Treasury: 10% would be directed to a “Child Care Assistance Trust Fund,” 25% to a “Multilateral Global Health Trust Fund,” and 25% to a “Global Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Trust Fund.” The remainder would be directed to federal budget deficit reduction or reduction of the federal debt.

The Secretary of State would have authority to provide grants from the Multilateral Global Health Trust Fund to entities such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and other multilateral organizations that meet specific criteria outlined in the bill. The bill also states that funding for the multilateral organizations must be in addition to and not replacing existing funding and should be used for the purposes of “addressing HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal mortality, family planning, neglected diseases, and other health issues affecting developing countries.”

S. 414 – International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2011

Among other things, the bill states that “child marriage undermines United States investments in foreign assistance . . . to reduce maternal and child mortality, reduce maternal illness, halt the transmission of HIV/AIDS [and] prevent gender-based violence.” The bill requires the President to establish a multi-year strategy to prevent child marriage and authorizes the President to implement a variety of foreign assistance programs directed at the needs of girls including “access to water and suitable hygiene facilities . . . [and] access to health care services and proper nutrition for adolescent girls.” The bill authorizes “such sums as necessary.”

House Appropriations Committee Chairman announces FY 2011 spending levels

House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY, 5th) announced the spending levels, or 302(b) allocations, for fiscal year 2011. 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 includes the majority of U.S. global health funding, was set at $46.953 billion ($9.693 below the President’s Request; $1.811 billion below the FY10 enacted level).

CRS Report – “U.S. Response to the Global Threat of HIV/AIDS: Basic Facts”

From the report summary: “This report outlines basic facts related to global HIV/AIDS, including characteristics of the epidemic and U.S. legislation, programs, funding, and partnerships related to global HIV/AIDS. It concludes with a brief description of some of the major issues that might be considered by the 112th Congress as it responds to the disease.”

FY 2011 full-year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1) introduced in the House includes reductions in global health funding compared to FY 2010 totals

Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY, 5th) introduced the “Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011” (H.R. 1) authorizing appropriations for the remaining seven months of FY 2011 (the first 5 months of FY 2011 were funded under FY 2010 level). The proposed reductions in global health funding (when compared to FY 2010 totals) included in this appropriations bill are provided in the table below.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on the Budget on February 11, 2011.

- Passed by the House (235-189) on February 19, 2011.

- The Senate Committee on Appropriations introduced an amended full-year Continuing Appropriations Act on March 4, 2011. Learn more about the Senate version here.

- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the Senate version on March 8, 2011.

CRS releases report on FY2012 State and Foreign Operations appropriations

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2012 Budget and Appropriations”. According to the summary, “This report analyzes the FY2012 request, including State Department, international broadcasting, and foreign aid highlights; recent-year funding trends; and congressional action related to FY2012 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”

President signs FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations Act; includes continued appropriations for other areas through December 16

The President signed H.R. 2112 – Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 into law (Public Law #112-55) authorizing appropriations for, among other things, Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration, and included $1.466 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $184.0 million for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.

The act also amends a prior continuing appropriations act to authorize FY2012 appropriations through December 16, 2011 at a rate that is 1.503% less than the FY 2011 enacted levels for other areas of the federal budget yet to be finalized.

Learn more about the Agriculture Appropriations bill and other global health funding in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Budget Tracker.

Congressional HIVAIDS Caucus Launched

Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA, 9th), Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA, 7th), and Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ, 2nd) announced the launch of the new Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus “to examine methods by which the United States can maintain global leadership in the response to the epidemic in the U.S. and around the world.” Representatives Lee, McDermott, and Franks are co-chairs of the newly formed caucus.

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

On September 7, 2011, the Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The proposed bill would authorize $1.562 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $188.0 million for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.

Additional Information:

  • Access a summary of the bill here.
  • Learn more about the House FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill here.
POSTPONED – House Appropriations Subcommittee to markup FY 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies will hold a hearing to markup the FY 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill.  The hearing will be held on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 9:30 AM in 2358-B Rayburn House Office Building.