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President Obama signs the “Agriculture Act of 2014” into law extending and reforming U.S. international food assistance programs

President Obama signed the “Agriculture Act of 2014” (H.R. 2642), commonly referred to as the “Farm Bill,” into law (Public Law #113-79). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK, 3rd), extends authorities through 2018 for, among other things, international food assistance programs including Food for Peace…

FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Act Released

The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations announced the release of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014” (H.R. 3547), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. A significant portion of U.S. funding for global health, including funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State,…

“Cure for AIDS Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representatives Jim Himes (D-CT, 4th) and Barbara Lee (D-CA, 13th) introduced the “Cure for AIDS Act of 2013” (H.R. 3630). Among other things, the proposed bill states “[i]t is the sense of Congress that . . . finding a cure is essential to ending the AIDS epidemic in the United…

“International Hydrocephalus Treatment and Training Act” introduced in House

Representative Christopher Smith (R-NJ, 4th) introduced the “International Hydrocephalus Treatment and Training Act” (H.R. 3525). Among other things, the bill authorizes the President to provide assistance to medical practitioner training for the treatment of hydrocephalus, and the establishment of hydrocephalus treatment centers in developing countries.

Resolution supporting World Polio Day introduced in Senate

Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced a resolution (S. Res. 270) “[s]upporting the goals and ideals of World Polio Day and commending the international community and others for their efforts to prevent and eradicate polio.” Among other things, the resolution states that the U.S. Senate “encourages continued commitment and funding by…

“Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representative Yvette Clark (D-NY, 9th) introduced the “Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2013” (H.R. 3206). Among other things, the bill authorizes U.S. assistance for developing countries in support of achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH), reducing the incidence of unsafe abortions, and ensuring the provision…

Resolution supporting “World Alzheimer’s Month” introduced in House

Representative Chaka Fattah (D-PA, 2nd) introduced a resolution (H.Res. 364) in support of “World Alzheimer’s Month.” Among other things, the resolution states that the House of Representatives “supports the goals and ideals of `World Alzheimer’s Month’ . . . [and] . . . acknowledges the impact Alzheimer’s has on the lives of…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” introduced in House

Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th), Barbara Lee (D-CA, 13th), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 27th) introduced the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (H.R. 3177). According to a press release from Representative Lee, the bill extends existing authorities and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS…

“Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA, 9th) introduced the “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Act of 2013″ (H.R. 3117). Among other things, the bill directs the President to create a “Global HIV/AIDS-Free Generation Strategy,” and establishes specific policies in the areas of operations research, coordination with other development programs, country ownership, and in…

“Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR, 3rd) and Ted Poe (R-TX, 2nd) introduced the “Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013” (H.R. 2901), which aims “to strengthen implementation of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-121).” Among other things, the bill would establish…