The proposed bill would establish a grant program to train health and education professionals working with autistic children and to support organizations focused on autism. The grant program would be overseen by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and would be appropriated $3 million FY 2010, $3 million in FY 2011, and $4 million in FY 2012.
The bill would authorize â€œexisting United States Government programs, implementing authorities, and organizationsâ€ to improve â€œhealth and other basic quality of life indicators for residents of slumsâ€ by providing for â€œaffordable housing and sustainable urban development in developing countriesâ€ including access to clean water and improved sanitation.
The resolution calls on the President to continue efforts to address the threat of international terrorism and protect international security by reducing nuclear weapons. The savings that would result from this reduction should be directed to child health, food, and education programs in the worldâ€™s most need countries including $5 billion over five years for the â€œimplementation of integrated packages of high impact and low-cost health and nutrition interventions at the community levelâ€ and an additional $1.5 billion annually over five years â€œtargeted at reducing the incidence of child hunger and increasing child nutrition and educational opportunitiesâ€ through Food for Peace and the George McGovern-Robert Dole International Food for education and Child Nutrition Program.
H.Res. 238 – Recognizing the threat to international security and basic human dignity posed by the catastrophic decline of economic, humanitarian, and human rights conditions in the Republic of Zimbabwe
Among other things, this resolution recognizes the health risks that have resulted from poor water condition and sanitary conditions, increases in outbreaks of infectious diseases, increased rates of malnutrition, and a general decline in the health system. The resolution “urges all responsible nations to join the United States in providing urgently needed humanitarian relief to the Zimbabwean people . . . with particular emphasis on food, clean water, and basic sanitation.”
The bill authorizes the President to provide the level of assistance necessary â€œto reduce mortality and improve the health of newborns, children, and mothers in developing countries.â€ The bill also requires the President to develop a comprehensive strategy to address child and maternal health issues and creates an Interagency Task Force on Newborn, Child, and Maternal Health in Developing Countries that will oversee U.S. progress in helping to meet relevant Millennium Development Goals.
The proposed bill would prevent federal expenditures on any form of family planning programs/activities both foreign and domestic.
H.Con.Res. 66 – Expressing the sense of Congress that the U.S. should provide, on an annual basis, an amount equal to at least 1% of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) for nonmilitary foreign assistance programs
If passed this resolution would express the sense of Congress that the U.S. should annually commit 1% of GDP for nonmilitary foreign assistance programs.
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H.R. 708 – To restrict assistance to foreign organizations that perform or actively promote abortions
The bill would restrict U.S. foreign assistance funds from being appropriated to any organization (private, NGO, multilateral, etc.) that performs or promotes abortions except in the case where the motherâ€™s life is at threat or where the pregnancy was due to forcible rape or incest.
H.Con.Res. 22 – Establishing the Joint Select Committee on Reorganization and Reform of Foreign Assistance Agencies and Programs
The bill establishes a joint committee to investigate and provide recommendations on the agencies, departments, legislative procedures that guide and oversee U.S. foreign assistance.