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House Committee on Foreign Affairs approves Electrify Africa Act of 2014

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed by voice vote the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014” (H.R. 2548). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th) and Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), aims to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa in order to support, among other…

Resolution supporting Rare Disease Day introduced in House

United States House Representative André Carson (D-IN7) introduced a resolution (H. Res. 493) designating February 28, 2014 as ‘Rare Disease Day.’ Among other things, the resolution states that the U.S. House of Representatives “supports a national and global commitment to improving access to, and developing new treatments, diagnostics, and cures…

Resolution supporting Rare Disease Day passed in Senate

The United States Senate unanimously approved a resolution (S. Res. 368), originally introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), designating February 28, 2014 as ‘Rare Disease Day.’ Among other things, the resolution states that the U.S. Senate “supports a national and global commitment to improving access to, and developing new treatments,…

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.…

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,…

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 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…

“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…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” passed by House

The House of Representative approved, by a voice vote, the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545), which had been passed by the Senate the preceding day (November 18, 2013). Originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), the legislation extends existing authorities for five years and strengthens oversight of…