In a statement on the Senate floor, Senator Feingold praised the previous Administration’s efforts to address global health issues, but called on the current Administration to take a more â€œall-inclusive, integrated and sustainableâ€ approach.
The bill directs the Administrator of USAID to hire an additional 700 Foreign Services Officers (FSOs) within a year of enactment of the bill and an additional 1300 FSOs in the subsequent 2 years.
CRS Report – PEPFAR Reauthorization: Key Policy Debates and Changes to U.S. International HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Programs and Funding
“This report provides background on PEPFAR implementation and results” including: funding levels, key policy debates, and “key changes to programs and funding for U.S. international efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria programs as directed by the 110th Congress in the Lantos-Hyde Act as enacted.”
H.R. 708 – To restrict assistance to foreign organizations that perform or actively promote abortions
The bill would restrict U.S. foreign assistance funds from being appropriated to any organization (private, NGO, multilateral, etc.) that performs or promotes abortions except in the case where the motherâ€™s life is at threat or where the pregnancy was due to forcible rape or incest.
This report examines policy issues surrounding the U.S. debate on foreign assistance for family planning including the “Mexico City Policy” and funding for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA).
GAO Report – Developing Countries: The United States Has Not Fully Funded Its Share of Debt Relief, and the Impact of Debt Relief on Countries’ Poverty-Reducing Spending Is Unknown
The report provides an overview of debt relief to the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) and includes analysis on how the U.S. is financing debt relief efforts and how debt relief impacts the resources available to developing countries.
The bill guarantees that foreign NGOs would not be considered ineligible for foreign assistance funding based solely on the type of health or medical services, including counseling and referral services, being provided.
H.Con.Res. 22 – Establishing the Joint Select Committee on Reorganization and Reform of Foreign Assistance Agencies and Programs
The bill establishes a joint committee to investigate and provide recommendations on the agencies, departments, legislative procedures that guide and oversee U.S. foreign assistance.
The bill includes provisions that would provide direct financial assistance and other resources to improve health care services and conditions (among other things) to women and children in Afghanistan.
From the report summary: “This report analyzes the direct and indirect effects on food insecurity and hunger on global health, reviews elements of the U.S. government response to global hunger, and identifies policy areas that Congress might examine as it debates how best to address the health needs of the millions threatened by high food prices in the 111th Congress.”