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President signs full-year Continuing Resolution for FY13 into law

President Obama signed the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013” (H.R. 933) into law providing funding for the government for the remainder of the 2013 Fiscal Year. The legislation, as passed by the House and Senate, specifies funding levels for some, but not all, global health programs at the State Department and United States…

House & Senate pass full-year Continuing Resolution for FY13

The House and Senate passed the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013” (H.R. 933) providing funding for the government for the remainder of the 2013 Fiscal Year. The legislation specifies funding levels for some, but not all, global health programs at the State Department and United States Agency for…

President signs bill averting “fiscal cliff”

President Obama signed the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (H.R. 8; Public Law #112-240) averting scheduled increases in income tax rates and postponing, until March 1, 2013, the sequestration process as required by the “Budget Control Act of 2011” (Public Law #112-25). Among other things, the bill reduces the…

Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act passed in the House

The House of Representatives passed the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012” (H.R. 3159) by a vote of 390-0. The bill, which was originally introduced by Representative Ted Poe (R-TX, 2nd) would establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs and would require the Administration…

Foreign assistance reform bill introduced in House

Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th) introduced the “Global Partnership Act of 2012” (H.R. 6644). According to a press release from Representative Berman, the bill would reform the U.S. foreign aid system and replace “both the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, which covers economic, and development assistance, and the Arms Export Control Act, which deals with arms sales and military aid” The proposed bill includes specific sections addressing maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, family planning and reproductive health, noncommunicable diseases, water, and food security.

Continuing Appropriations Act providing FY 2013 funding through March 27, 2013 signed by President

The President signed the “Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013” (H.J. Res. 117) into Public Law (P.L. #112-175) authorizing appropriations for FY 2013 through March 27, 2013 at a rate that is 0.612% more than the FY 2012 enacted levels.

Additional Information:

  • Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate of the Continuing Appropriations Resolution (released September 11, 2012)
  • House Committee on Appropriations press release summarizing the Continuing Appropriations Resolution (released September 10, 2012)
"Global Science Program for Security, Competitiveness, and Diplomacy Act of 2012" introduced in House

Representative Russ Carnahan (D-MO, 3rd) introduced the “Global Science Program for Security, Competitiveness, and Diplomacy Act of 2012” (H.R. 6303) in the House. Among other things, the proposed bill would create research competitions at the global, regional, or country specific level with the aim of “address[ing] global challenges such as ocean acidification, nonproliferation, multiple drug resistant diseases, water-borne diseases, development of sustainable renewable energy resources, sanitation, food shortage, and water resources.”

Resolution supporting the XIX International AIDS Conference introduced in House

Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL, 23rd) introduced a resolution (H.Res. 749) “[e]xpressing support for the XIX International AIDS Conference and the sense of the House of Representatives that continued commitment by the United States to HIV/AIDS research, prevention, and treatment programs is crucial to protecting global health.”

Learn more about the Senate companion resolution (S.Res. 532).

"Cure for AIDS Act of 2012" introduced in House

Representative James Himes (D-CT, 4th) introduced the “Cure for AIDS Act of 2012” (H.R. 6187) in the House. 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 States and globally . . . [and] access to AIDS treatment in the United States and globally needs to continue to be expanded but AIDS treatment is not a cure and not the ultimate solution for the tens of millions of people living with HIV/AIDS.”

The bill directs the Secretary of Defense, “acting through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, . . . [to] establish and support an accelerated research program dedicated to the discovery of a cure for HIV/AIDS” and authorizes $20 million for each of fiscal years 2013 through 2017.