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Senate Appropriations Committee holds hearing on sequestration, releases agency letters detailing impacts

The Senate Committee on Appropriations held a hearing (webcast available) titled “The Impacts of Sequestration” and released letters from U.S. government agencies detailing the impacts of sequestration including a letter (.pdf) from Secretary of State John Kerry, which states that global health funding would be cut by over “$400 million, gravely impeding our efforts to…

MCC hosts Public Post-Board Town Hall Meeting

The Millennium Challenge Corporation will host a “Public Post-Board Town Hall Meeting” on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 from 10:00AM to 11:30AM at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (875 Fifteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005).  The event will feature discussion of the “updates to MCC’s selection indicators, the proposed Indonesia Compact, Tunisia’s eligibility for a Threshold Program, and results from Armenia.” 

Administration officials discuss U.S. efforts to alleviate hunger in the State Department's "Conversations With America" video series

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs Cheryl Benton moderated a State Department video discussion with Deputy Coordinator  of the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative Tjada Mckenna and Bread for the World President David Beckmann titled “Conversations With America: Ending Hunger Through Development.”  During her remarks, Deputy Coordinator Mckenna discussed U.S. efforts to alleviate global hunger and poverty through the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative. 

House Committee on Foreign Affairs approves bill prohibiting U.S. Government funding for UNFPA

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs approved, by a vote of 23-17, H.R. 2059 – To prohibit funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Additional Information:

  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R-FL, 18th; Chair) opening remarks during the Committee Markup Hearing of H.R. 2059.
  • Representative Howard Berman’s (D-CA, 28th; Ranking Member) statement at the Committee Markup Hearing of H.R. 2059.
  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R-FL, 18th; Chair) statement following Committee passage of H.R. 2059.
Administration official testifies on Feed the Future Initiative

During a hearing held by the Senate Foreign Relations International Development Subcommittee titled “Evaluating Current U.S. Global Food Security Efforts and Determining Future U.S. Leadership Opportunities,” Feed the Future (FtF) Deputy Coordinator for Development Tjada McKenna testified on U.S. efforts through FtF to address food security and undernutrition issues.

USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY13 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. During testimony before both Committees, Administrator Shah summarized the FY13 budget request for USAID and highlighted efforts through the Feed the Future Initiative and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

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House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs

  • Opening remarks by Representative Kay Granger (R-TX, 12th; Chair of the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs) asking Administrator Shah to, among other things, “explain whether the proposed reductions [in global health] can be taken without jeopardizing U.S. leadership in important areas like malaria and maternal and child health.”
  • Opening remarks by Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY, 18th) asking Administrator Shah to comment on the proposed reductions in funding for the GHI and USAID’s nutrition programs.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

  • Video of the hearing.
  • Press release on the FY 2013 USAID budget from the Chair of the hearing, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).
  • Opening remarks by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN; Ranking Member) posing specific questions to Administrator Shah on the priorities of the GHI.
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing titled “International Development Priorities in the FY 2013 Budget”

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a hearing titled “International Development Priorities in the FY 2013 Budget” with testimony from U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM in Room 419 of the Dirksen Senate Office building.

House Committee on Appropriations hearing on the FY 2013 Budget Request for the U.S. Agency for International Development

The House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies will hold a hearing on the FY 2013 budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with testimony from Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:00 AM in Room 2358-C of the Rayburn House Office building.

House Committee on Appropriations hearing on the FY 2013 Budget Request for the Department of Health & Human Services

The House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies will hold a hearing on the FY 2013 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with testimony from Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM in Room 2358-C of the Rayburn House Office building.