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Senate Appropriations Committee approves Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2011 Agriculture appropriations bill by a vote of 17-12. The approved bill includes $1.69 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (equal to the House appropriations bill, the President’s FY11 request, and the FY10 enacted level) and an additional $209.5 million for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program ($57 million below the House; equal to the President’s FY11 request and the FY10 enacted level).

CRS releases report on international and U.S. response to 2014 Ebola outbreak

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “The 2014 Ebola Outbreak: International and U.S. Responses.” The report provides an overview of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and its impact on health systems in affected countries, summarizes the international and U.S. response to the outbreak, and highlights possible…

President signs “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014” into law

President Obama signed the “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014” (S. 1104) into law (Public Law #113-162). The law, which was originally introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), directs the Secretary of State to provide an annual report to Congress “on the status of post-earthquake recovery and development efforts…

Resolution in support of GAVI Alliance introduced in House

U.S. Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN, 4th) and Dave Reichert (R-WA, 8th) introduced a resolution (H.Res.688) “[s]upporting the role of the United States in ensuring children in poor countries have access to vaccines and immunization through the GAVI Alliance.” The resolution states, among other things, that the House of Representatives “affirms…

Senate passes resolution expressing support of U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

The Senate approved a resolution (S.Res.522) expressing support for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, to be held in Washington, D.C. from August 4-6, 2014. Among other things, the resolution states that the Senate “supports innovations in development and an expanded partnership with the private sector, including in the areas of energy,…

Foreign Prison Conditions Improvement Act passed by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the “Foreign Prison Conditions Improvement Act of 2013” (S. 657). Originally introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the bill aims to “eliminate conditions in foreign prisons and other detention facilities that do not meet primary indicators of health, sanitation, and safety,” and authorizes,…

GAO releases report on PEPFAR per-patient costs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Per-Patient Costs Have Declined Substantially, but Better Cost Data Would Help Efforts to Expand Treatment,” which examines “(1) how per-patient treatment costs have changed and affected program implementation, (2) how PEPFAR cost information supports efforts to…

President signs full-year Continuing Resolution for FY13 into law

President Obama signed the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013” (H.R. 933) into law providing funding for the government for the remainder of the 2013 Fiscal Year. The legislation, as passed by the House and Senate, specifies funding levels for some, but not all, global health programs at the State Department and United States…

House & Senate pass full-year Continuing Resolution for FY13

The House and Senate passed the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013” (H.R. 933) providing funding for the government for the remainder of the 2013 Fiscal Year. The legislation specifies funding levels for some, but not all, global health programs at the State Department and United States Agency for…