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H.Res.1462 – Expressing support for the people of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador as they persevere through the aftermath of Tropical Storm Agatha which swept across Central America causing deadly floods and mudslides.

Among other things, the resolution states that the House of Representatives “urges the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to continue to develop a strategic plan to promote food security and recovery efforts with the goal of mitigating the current and future effects of the recent natural disasters that have devastated Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.”

Timeline of the Bill:

- Introduced and referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on June 22, 2010.

- Passed by a 403-1 vote in the House on July 1, 2010.

Congressional letter expresses concern and requests clarification on PEPFAR policies, funding and strategy in Africa

In a letter to the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, twenty-five members of Congress expressed “concern about several reported policy and funding decisions that have impacted treatment programs supported by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in certain countries in African” and requested clarification on the Administration’s “strategy for reaching the goal of providing AIDS treatment to 4 million people.”

H.R. 6044 – American Manufacturing Disaster Relief Act of 2010

The proposed bill would amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to require the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to purchase disaster or emergency relief materials from U.S. manufacturers unless the item is manufactured in the foreign country receiving assistance. Additionally, the Administrator would be authorized to purchase from other sources if the quantity and/or quality of the U.S. manufactured products are deemed to be insufficient.

Representative Russ Carnahan’s opening statement at hearing on MDGs

Representative Russ Carnahan provided an opening statement during a hearing titled “Achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals: Progress through Partnerships” held before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight. During his comments, Representative Carnahan outlined several reasons why the MDGs were important to U.S. interests and stated that “[t]he private sector is in the unique position to contribute their expertise, resources, and innovative techniques toward this global effort.”

H.R. 5783 – Investing in Our Future Act of 2010

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 Treasure: 20% would be directed to a “Child Care Assistance Trust Fund,” 40% to a “Multilateral Global Health Trust Fund,” and 40% to a “Global Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Trust Fund.” 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.”

Congressional letter urges President Obama to support the Global Fund

In a letter to President Obama, 100 members of Congress joined Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA, 9th) to urge the Obama Administration “to make a three-year commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria of no less than $6 billion for fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014, in addition to any proposed bilateral funding.”

S. 3676 – Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill, 2011

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved by a vote of 18-12 the FY 2011 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill with the following recommendations:

Total Funding for State & Foreign Operations: $54.06 billion ($2.6 billion below the President’s FY11 request; $5.3 billion above the FY10 enacted level)

Global Health and Child Survival Account (GHCS): $8.239 billion ($274 million below the President’s request; $460 million above the FY10 enacted level) with funding for specific areas is as follows:
– HIV/AIDS activities and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: $5.85 billion
– HIV/AIDS: $5.05 billion

- Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria contribution: $800 million
– Malaria: $635.5 million

- Tuberculosis: $230 million

- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): $100 million

- Child Survival and Maternal Health: $641 million

- Nutrition: $100 million

- Family Planning and Reproductive Health: $700 million which includes funding from multiple accounts and provides $55 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.105 billion ($174.7 million below the President’s FY11 request; equal to the FY10 enacted level)

Feed the Future: $1.3 billion ($344 million below the President’s FY11 request)

“Global Gag” Rule Amendment:The Committee approved by a vote of 19-11 an amendment to the appropriations bill introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) that would codify into law President Obama’s decision to rescind the “global gag” rule (otherwise known as the Mexico City Policy), which prevented the U.S. from providing foreign assistance for family planning purposes to any organization that performed or promoted legal abortion.