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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.

USAID Assistant Administrator discusses TB at the annual WHO TB report launch

During remarks at the release of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2011 Global Tuberculosis Control Report, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Global Health Ariel Pablos-Mendez summarized USAID efforts to combat TB, HIV/TB co-infection, and drug resistant TB through initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Bill introduced to provide incentives for the development of qualified infectious disease products

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced S. 1734 – Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now Act of 2011.  The bill provides incentives for the development of “antibiotic drug[s] for treating, detecting, preventing, or identifying a qualifying pathogen,” including, among other infectious agents, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.

Learn more about the House companion bill (H.R. 2182).

UPDATED: House-Senate Conference Committee releases FY 2012 Appropriations Agreement

UPDATE: The President signed the bill into law (Public Law #112-74) on December 23, 2011 after the Conference Agreement passed the House (296-121) on December 16, 2011 and the Senate (67-32) on December 17, 2011. Additionally, the Senate voted against (43-56) a resolution (H.Con.Res. 94) that would have applied a 1.83% across-the-board rescission to all FY 2012 appropriations except the Department of Defense (DoD), Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs.
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Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY, 5th; Chairman House Committee on Appropriations) released a statement announcing that a joint House-Senate Conference Committee had reached agreement on final FY 2012 Appropriations legislation (H.R. 2055), which includes funding for global health programs through the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Defense (DoD). While total funding for the Global Health Initiative (GHI) is not yet available, the appropriations detailed in this agreement totaled $8.3 billion.

According to the Conference Report and the Joint Statement of Managers, the legislation also:

  • Directs that no FY 2012 global health funds may be used for needle exchange programs;
  • Includes additional Congressional oversight before the Administration makes a multi-year funding pledge;
  • Requires the Administration to report back to Congress with an analysis of the potential costs/savings of transitioning the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) into USAID; and
  • Requires the Administration to report back to Congress with an analysis of transitioning the leadership of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) to USAID as outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).

Global health appropriations as provided in the Conference Report (House Report 112-331) and Joint Statement of Managers are summarized as follows:

Area

Part of the GHI*

FY11 Enacted (millions)

FY12 Request (millions)

FY12 Conference Agreement
(millions)**

Difference
(millions)

Conference – FY11

Conference – Request

State & Foreign Operations

Maternal & Child Health (MCH)

X

$548.9

$846.0

$605.6

$56.7
 (10.3%)

$-240.5
 (-28.4%)

        GAVI (non-add)

X

$90.0

$115.0

$100.0

$10
 (11.1%)

$-15
 (-13%)

Nutrition

X

$89.8

$150.0

$95.0

$5.2
 (5.8%)

$-55
 (-36.7%)

Vulnerable Children

X

$15.0

$15.0

$17.5

$2.5
 (16.9%)

$2.5
 (16.7%)

HIV/AIDS

X

$4,935.1

$4,991.9

$4,842.9

$-92.3
 (-1.9%)

$-149
 (-3%)

        USAID

X

$349.3

$350.0

$350.0

$0.7
 (0.2%)

$0
 (0%)

        State Department

X

$4,585.8

$4,641.9

$4,492.9

$-93
 (-2%)

$-149
 (-3.2%)

Global Fund

X

$748.5

$1,000.0

$1,050.0

$301.5
 (40.3%)

$50
 (5%)

Family Planning/Reproductive Health (FP/RH)***

 

$615.0

$769.1

$610.0

$-5
 (-0.8%)

$-159.1
 (-20.7%)

        GHCS Account

X

$524.0

$625.6

$524.0

$0
 (0%)

$-101.7
 (-16.2%)

        Other Bilateral Accounts

 

$51.1

$96.0

$51.1

$0
 (0%)

$-45
 (-46.8%)

        UNFPA

 

$40.0

$47.5

$35.0

$-5
 (-12.5%)

$-12.5
 (-26.3%)

Tuberculosis

X

$224.6

$236.0

$236.0

$11.5
 (5.1%)

$0
 (0%)

Malaria

X

$618.8

$691.0

$650.0

$31.2
 (5%)

$-41
 (-5.9%)

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

X

$76.8

$100.0

$89.0

$12.2
 (15.8%)

$-11
 (-11%)

Pandemic Preparedness

X

$47.9

$60.0

$58.0

$10.1
 (21.1%)

$-2
 (-3.3%)

MCC

 

$898.2

$1,125.1

$898.2

$0
 (0%)

$-226.9
 (-20.2%)

Water

 

-

-

$315.0

-

-

Health and Human Services (HHS)

CDC Global Health

 

$340.3

$381.2

$348.9

$8.6
 (2.5%)

$-32.4
 (-8.5%)

        of which HIV

X

$118.7

$118.0

$117.8

$-0.9
 (-0.8%)

$-0.2
 (-0.2%)

NIH – Global Fund

X

$297.3

$300.0

$0.0

$-297.3
 (-100%)

$-300
 (-100%)

NIH – Fogarty International Center

 

$69.4

$71.3

$69.6

$0.2
 (0.3%)

$-1.7
 (-2.4%)

Department of Defense (DoD)

HIV

X

$10.0

$0.0

$8.0

$-2
 (-20%)

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The Global Health Initiative

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  • Administration releases “The United States Global Health Initiative: Strategy Document”

    The Administration released “The United States Global Health Initiative: Strategy Document,” which includes information on the operational plan, targets, and implementation of the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

    Administration statements commemorating World Tuberculosis Day

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, and Dr. Christine Sizemore and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released statements commemorating World Tuberculosis (TB) Day and reaffirming the U.S. commitment to combating TB.

    Administration officials testify before Congress on the FY 2012 budget request for global health and HIV/AIDS

    U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health Amie Batson testified before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on the FY 2012 budget request for global health and HIV/AIDS.

    H.Res.176 – Commending the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs.

    Among other things, the proposed resolution states that the House of Representatives “supports the goals of World TB Day to raise awareness about tuberculosis” and “reaffirms its commitment to global tuberculosis control made through the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008.”

    Summary of the FY11 Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1473)

    Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY, 5th) introduced the “Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011” (H.R. 1473) authorizing appropriations for the remaining six months of FY 2011 (the first 6 months of FY 2011 were funded under FY 2010 levels). The proposed funding totals for global health (as compared to FY 2010 totals) included in this appropriations bill are provided in the table below.

    Note: The appropriations bill (H.R. 1473) includes an across-the-board rescission of 0.2 percent to all discretionary spending; the global health funding totals for FY 11 (H.R. 1473) listed below include this rescission.

    Timeline of the bill:

    - Introduced and referred to the House Committee on the Budget and the House Committee on Ways and Means on April 11, 2011.

    - Passed by the House (260-167) and the Senate (81-19) on April 14, 2011.

    - Signed by the President (Public Law No: 112-10) on April 15, 2011.