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Kerry-Lugar amendment brings Senate Budget Resolution to the President’s original request

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.

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In a Presidential Memoranda, President Obama rescinded the “Mexico City Policy” that restricted the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from providing funds to non-governmental organizations (NGOs)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 “voluntary population planning” services. President Obama also announced his support for U.S. funding of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).