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Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act introduced in the House

Representative Ted Poe (R-TX, 2nd) introduced the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 3159), which would establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs. The bill would also require the Administration to establish and maintain a website providing detailed information on U.S. foreign assistance programs.

Access Representative Poe’s press release about the bill here.

H.R. 4462 – To accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake in Haiti (Public Law No: 111-126)

The proposed bill allows “a cash contribution made [after January 11, 2010 and before March 1, 2010] for the relief of victims in areas affected by the earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010” to be considered – for tax purposes – as having occurred on December 31, 2009.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means on January 19, 2010.

- Passed by a voice vote in the House on January 20, 2010.

- Passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on January 21, 2010.

- Signed by the President (Public Law No: 111-126) on Janurary 22, 2010.

H.R. 4636 – United Nations Voting Accountability Act of 2010

The proposed bill would prohibit the United States from providing any monetary or physical assistance to a foreign country that has opposed the position of the United States in the United Nations (determined as voting differently than the U.S. in more than 50% of the votes cast in the Security Council and General Assembly).

H.R. 4594 – International Violence Against Women Act of 2010

Among other things, the proposed bill states that “[v]iolence against women dramatically impedes progress in meeting global health goals, including efforts to stem maternal mortality and the spread of HIV/AIDS.” In order to prevent and address the impacts of violence against women, the bill creates and authorizes funding for an “Office for Global Women’s Issues” at the Department of State and the “Office for Women’s Global Development” at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The bill also requires the creation and implementation of a 5-year international strategy, outlines the types of interventions that U.S. assistance would support, including working with ministers of health and integrating efforts into existing USG global health interventions, and authorizes funding to implement the strategy and interventions.

H.Res. 1064 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the ‘Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2009′ under consideration by the Parliament of Uganda, that would impose long-term imprisonment and the death penalty for certain acts, threatens the protection of fundamental human rights, and for other purposes

Among other things, the proposed resolution states that the House of Representatives believes “the requirement that individuals report suspected homosexual individuals to the Ugandan Government could undermine Uganda’s efforts to combat HIV/AIDS” and “calls upon the President and the Secretary of State to . . . ensure that resources committed to the global HIV/AIDS response are utilized in a manner that is efficient, effective, and appropriate to the local epidemiology of the disease, including in Uganda.”