Senators Kerry and Lugar proposed an amendment to S.Con.Res. 13, the Senate Budget Resolution, increasing the International Affairs (IA) budget by $4 billion. The original Senate budget resolution authorized $49.8 billion for IA. The amendment passed the Senate bringing the IA budget to the President’s initial request of $53.8 billion.
National Science Foundation partners with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to address global agriculture challenges
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have announced a $50 million initiative to provide grants for “science research projects that develop innovative approaches and technologies to boost agricultural productivity in developing countries.” The funding program is called BREAD (Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development) and will be conducted over a 5-year period.
The State Department announced that U.S. Official Development Assistance (ODA) totaled $26.0 billion in 2008 including $4.4 billion for HIV/AIDS related efforts and another $4.4 billion towards humanitarian assistance.
As part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, the Department of State will contribute $50 million to the United Nations Population Fund in 2009.
President Obama nominated Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).
President Obama appointed Jeffrey S. Crowley as the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy.
President Obama has requested $53.8 billion for the International Affairs budget, which includes the majority of U.S. global health programs, for FY2010 (this total includes $51.7 billion for the Department of State and $2.1 billion in food assistance).
President Obama appointed Mary Wakefield as the new administrator of HRSA an agency within the Health and Human Services Department that provides coordinating work and technical assistance to U.S. global health efforts.
The White House designated Alonzo L. Fulgham, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Secretary (ES), as Acting Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
White House Rescinds “Mexico City Policy” Removing Restrictions on Funding for Family Planning Assistance
In a Presidential Memoranda, President Obama rescinded the “Mexico City Policy” that restricted the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from providing funds to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide â€œvoluntary population planningâ€ services. President Obama also announced his support for U.S. funding of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).