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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.

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.
FY2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act introduced in the House

Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY, 5th; Chairman House Committee on Appropriations) introduced the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012” (H.R. 3671), which includes funding for global health programs through the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Chairman Rogers also introduced a resolution (H.Con.Res. 94) that would apply a 1.83% across the board rescission to all FY 2012 appropriations except the Department of Defense (DoD), Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs.

According to the bill and the Chair’s summary, the bill also:

  • “Directs that no HIV/AIDS funding be provided for needle exchange programs”;
  • “Requires additional congressional oversight before the Administration makes public announcements of multi-year funding pledges”;
  • Requires that the Administration report back to Congress with an analysis of the potential costs (including savings and increases) of transitioning the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) into USAID; and
  • Requires that the Administration report back to Congress with an analysis of transitioning the leadership of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) to USAID as outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).

Global health appropriations included in the bill are as follows:

Department / Agency

Part of the GHI*

FY11 Enacted (millions)

FY12 Request (millions)

FY12 House Bill (H.R. 3671) (millions)**

Difference
(millions)

House – FY11

House – Request

State & Foreign Operations

USAID-GHCS

X

$2,495.0

$3,073.6

$2,625.0

$130
 (5.2%)

$-448.6
 (-14.6%)

State GHCS

X

$5,334.3

$5,641.9

$5,542.9

$208.5
 (3.9%)

$-99
 (-1.8%)

        of which GF

X

$748.5

$1,000.0

$1,050.0

$301.5
 (40.3%)

$50
 (5%)

FP/RH***

 

$615.0

$769.1

$610.0

$-5
 (-0.8%)

$-159.1
 (-20.7%)

        of which UNFPA

 

$40.0

$47.5

$35.0

$-5
 (-12.5%)

$-12.5
 (-26.3%)

MCC

 

$898.2

$1,125.1

$898.2

$0
 (0%)

$-226.9
 (-20.2%)

Water (all acounts)

 

-

-

$315.0

-

-

Health and Human Services (HHS)

CDC Global Health

 

$340.3

$381.2

$348.9

$8.6
 (2.5%)

$-32.4
 (-8.5%)

        of which HIV

X

$118.7

$118.0

$117.8

$-0.9
 (-0.8%)

$-0.2
 (-0.2%)

NIH – Global Fund

X

$297.3

$300.0

$0.0

$-297.3
 (-100%)

$-300
 (-100%)

NIH – Fogarty International Center

 

$69.4

$71.3

$69.6

$0.2
 (0.3%)

$-1.7
 (-2.4%)

Department of Defense (DoD)

HIV

X

$10.0

$0.0

$8.0

$-2
 (-20%)

-

The Global Health Initiative

Total GHI (known amounts)****

 

$8,255.4

$9,133.5

$8,293.7

$38.3
 (0.5%)

$-839.9
 (-9.2%)

*GHI: U.S. Global Health Initiative.
**The FY 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act included an across-the-board 0.189% rescission to all funding provided through the Labor-HHS portion of the bill.
***The FY 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act states that “not less than $575,000,000 should be made available for family planning/reproductive health” through all bilateral accounts, but does not delineate this amount by account. UNFPA funding is in addition to the bilateral funding and is provided through the International Organizations and Programs (IO&P) account.
****Total funding for the GHI is not currently available as some funding provided through SFOPS, HHS, and DoD were not delineated in the FY 2012 appropriations bills.

“Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2012″ introduced in Congress

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR, 3rd) and Ted Poe (R-TX, 2nd) introduced the “Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2012” (H.R. 3658). The stated purpose of the act “is to strengthen implementation of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (Public Law 109–121) by: (1) improving coordination and oversight of water, sanitation, and hygiene programs within and between United States Government agencies; (2) increasing the sustainability of United States Government-supported water, sanitation, and hygiene programs; (3) enhancing water, sanitation, and hygiene expertise within the United States Agency for International Development; and (4) integrating water and sanitation into programs and strategies for food security, global health, environment, education, and gender equality.”

Among other things, the act would create water focused positions at both USAID (Global Water Coordinator) and the State Department (Special Advisor for Water Resources) and would require USAID to develop a “Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Strategy” every four years.

Both Representative Blumenauer and Representative Poe issued press releases about the proposed legislation.

“Contingency Operations Oversight and Interagency Enhancement Act of 2011″ introduced in Congress includes health components

Representative Russ Carnahan (D-MO, 3rd) introduced the “Contingency Operations Oversight and Interagency Enhancement Act of 2011” (H.R. 3660). The proposed bill would establish the “United States Office for Contingency Operations”, an independent agency reporting to the Department of State and the Department of Defense charged with coordinating U.S. stabilization and reconstruction efforts in foreign countries. The bill would also establish the “Stabilization and Reconstruction Emergency Reserve Fund” for, among other things, the “development of water and sanitation infrastructure, . . . providing food distribution and development of sustained production, . . . [and] providing healthcare relief and developing sustained healthcare.”

“White House Conference on Haiti Act of 2011″ introduced in Congress

Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL, 23rd) introduced the “White House Conference on Haiti Act of 2011” (H.R. 3711). The proposed bill establishes a “White House Conference on Haiti” that will, among other things, “identify gaps or duplication in the provision of humanitarian assistance . . . highlight innovative ideas for sustainable rebuilding and redevelopment in Haiti . . . [and] share best practices in development assistance in Haiti and in nations facing similar challenges.” Representative also issued a press release about the legislation.

“Microfinance and Microenterprise Enhancement Act of 2011″ introduced in Congress includes health components

Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced the “Microfinance and Microenterprise Enhancement Act of 2011” (S. 2027). Among other things, the bill states that the microfinance and microenterprise development programs implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) should incorporate strategies that address both financial and non-financial needs including health and nutrition needs.

H.J.Res. 44 – Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011 (Public Law: 112-4)

The proposed joint resolution would amend the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (Public Law #111-242) to extend authorized FY 2011 appropriations through March 18, 2011.

Timeline of the bill:

- The joint resolution was introduced and referred to the House Committee on Appropriations and House Committee on the Budget on February 28, 2010.

- The House voted (335-91) in favor of the joint resolution on March 1, 2010.

- The Senate voted (91-9) in favor of the joint resolution on March 2, 2011.

- The joint resolution was signed by the President (Public Law No: 112-4) on March 2, 2011.

H.R. 949 – Obstetric Fistula Prevention, Treatment, Hope, and Dignity Restoration Act of 2011

The proposed bill authorizes the President to provide assistance to “address the social and health issues that lead to obstetric fistula” and to “support treatment of obstetric fistula” by, among other things, increasing access to sexual and reproductive health services and improving health systems. The bill also calls for an annual report to Congress on the progress of U.S. efforts to reduce and address the impact of obstetric fistula.