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“Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR, 3rd) and Ted Poe (R-TX, 2nd) introduced the “Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013” (H.R. 2901), which aims “to strengthen implementation of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-121).” Among other things, the bill would establish…

“Global Food Security Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN, 4th) and Aaron Schock (R-IL, 18th) introduced the “Global Food Security Act of 2013” (H.R. 2822). According to press releases from both Representative McCollum and Representative Schock, the “Global Food Security Act: Directs the President to develop a multi-agency strategy for global food and nutrition. Creates…

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved, by a vote of 23-7, the FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (S.1372), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding…

House Appropriations Committee approves FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved, by a voice vote, the FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (.pdf), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health (total…

“Education for All Act of 2013″ introduced in House; includes global health components

Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY, 18th) and Dave Reichert (R-WA, 8th) introduced the “Education for All Act of 2011” (H.R. 2780).  While the proposed bill is primarily focused on achieving universal basic education, it also includes improving health conditions as part of the guiding principles and overall education strategy. Specifically, the…

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY14 Health & Human Services Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2013 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill (S. 1284) by a vote of 16-14. A report (113-71) released by the committee provided the funding levels for global health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act introduced in the Senate

Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013” (S. 1271), which would establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs. The bill would also codify and expand upon the foreign assistance information currently being provided through ForeignAssistance.gov.…

Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act introduced in House

Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX, 2nd) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA, 11th) introduced the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013” (H.R. 2638), which would establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs. The bill would also codify and expand upon the foreign assistance information currently being…

GAO releases report on PEPFAR’s treatment programs and information management

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Millions Being Treated, but Better Information Management Needed to Further Improve and Expand Treatment.” The report summarizes the findings of prior reports completed by the GAO between 2011 and 2013 pertaining to the President’s Emergency Plan…

CRS releases report on U.S. global health assistance

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “U.S. Global Health Assistance: Background and Issues for the 113th Congress.” The report provides an overview of U.S. global health programs, including appropriations, implementing agencies, and initiatives, and highlights specific issues for Congress, including funding levels, U.S. leadership of global health…