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UPDATED – House Appropriations Committee approves FY2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (also see the associated report), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health…

“End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act” introduced in House

Representative Christopher Smith (R-NJ, 4th) introduced the “End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act” (H.R. 4847), which would “facilitate effective research on and treatment of neglected tropical diseases through coordinated domestic and international efforts.” Among other things, the bill would expand the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD)…

House passes amendment to Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The House approved an amendment to the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (H.R. 4800). According to a House Committee on Foreign Affairs press release, the amendment, introduced by Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), will “improve U.S. international food aid to help more people…

House Appropriations Committee approves FY15 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved (31-8) the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (H.R. 4800). The approved bill includes $1.466 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $198.126 million for…

‘Global Health Worker Protection Act of 2014’ introduced in House

Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN, 4th) introduced the “Global Health Worker Protection Act of 2014” (H.R. 4747). Among other things, the bill would prohibit “the Central Intelligence Agency [(CIA)] and any other department or agency… [from using] health or humanitarian workers or activities, including immunization and vaccination campaigns, health education and…

House approves Electrify Africa Act of 2014

The House of Representatives passed (297-117) the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014” (H.R. 2548). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th) and Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), aims to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa in order to support, among other things, improved food security…

CBO releases cost estimate of “Electrify Africa Act of 2014”

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014” (H.R. 2548). Introduced by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th) and Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th) and passed by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the legislation would aim to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan…

House Committee on Foreign Affairs approves Electrify Africa Act of 2014

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed by voice vote the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014” (H.R. 2548). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th) and Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), aims to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa in order to support, among other…

Resolution supporting Rare Disease Day introduced in House

United States House Representative André Carson (D-IN7) introduced a resolution (H. Res. 493) designating February 28, 2014 as ‘Rare Disease Day.’ Among other things, the resolution states that the U.S. House of Representatives “supports a national and global commitment to improving access to, and developing new treatments, diagnostics, and cures…

Resolution supporting Rare Disease Day passed in Senate

The United States Senate unanimously approved a resolution (S. Res. 368), originally introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), designating February 28, 2014 as ‘Rare Disease Day.’ Among other things, the resolution states that the U.S. Senate “supports a national and global commitment to improving access to, and developing new treatments,…