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“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” passed by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved, with amendments, the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545). Originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), the proposed legislation extends existing authorities and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The amended version includes, among other things,…

“Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA, 9th) introduced the “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Act of 2013″ (H.R. 3117). Among other things, the bill directs the President to create a “Global HIV/AIDS-Free Generation Strategy,” and establishes specific policies in the areas of operations research, coordination with other development programs, country ownership, and in…

FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Act Released

The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations announced the release of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014” (H.R. 3547), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. A significant portion of U.S. funding for global health, including funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State,…

“Cure for AIDS Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representatives Jim Himes (D-CT, 4th) and Barbara Lee (D-CA, 13th) introduced the “Cure for AIDS Act of 2013” (H.R. 3630). Among other things, the proposed bill states “[i]t is the sense of Congress that . . . finding a cure is essential to ending the AIDS epidemic in the United…

President signs “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013″ into law

President Obama signed the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013” (S.1545) into law (Public Law #113-56). The bill, which was originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), extends existing authorities for five years and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). According to…

CBO releases cost estimate of “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013″

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013” (S. 1271). Introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and passed by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the bill would, among other things, establish guidelines for the…

President Obama signs the “Agriculture Act of 2014” into law extending and reforming U.S. international food assistance programs

President Obama signed the “Agriculture Act of 2014” (H.R. 2642), commonly referred to as the “Farm Bill,” into law (Public Law #113-79). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK, 3rd), extends authorities through 2018 for, among other things, international food assistance programs including Food for Peace…

Resolution supporting World Polio Day passed in Senate

The United States Senate unanimously approved a resolution (S. Res. 207), originally introduced by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), “[s]upporting the goals and ideals of World Polio Day and commending the international community and others for their efforts to prevent and eradicate polio.” Among other things, the resolution states that the U.S.…

‘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…

“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…