As required by the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005, the State Department released its 4th annual report to Congress “describing U.S. Government efforts to expand access to safe drinking water and sanitation, improve water resources management and increase water productivity in developing countries.” According to the report, “the United States obligated more than $1 billion for water- and sanitation-related activities in developing countries (excluding Iraq)” and “includes â€“ for the first time â€“ country specific plans for achieving U.S. goals and objectives along with measurable indicators to track progress and report results.”
Reports & Factsheets
This report provides an overview of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) outlining the implementation process and summarizing a set of “select issues”: funding, authorizing legislation and MCC reform, compact size, speed of implementation, compact sectors, compact impact, changing costs, and the role of USAID and the future of agency programs in MCC countries.
This report is an update to the May 26th report, “The 2009 Influenza A(H1N1) ‘Swine Flu’ Outbreak: U.S. Responses to Global Human Cases,” which provides an overview of the U.S. role in the global response to the H1N1 influenza outbreak highlighting efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and summarizing potential issues for future consideration.
The State Department released its ninth annual Trafficking in Persons Report which “seeks to increase global awareness of the human trafficking phenomenon by shedding new light on various facets of the problem and highlighting shared and individual efforts of the international community, and to encourage foreign governments to take effective action against all forms of trafficking in persons.”
Secretary of State Clinton provided remarks at the release of the report stating that trafficking “weakens legitimate economies, fuels violence, threatens public health and safety, shatters families, and shreds the social fabric that is necessary for progress.” Secretary Clinton’s remarks were followed by statements from Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Congresswoman Ileanna Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th), and Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report titled “Decades of Progress: USAID’s Child Survival and Maternal Health Program” summarizing USAID’s efforts and approach towards improving child and maternal health globally.
Congressional Budget Office – Cost Estimate of S. 955 African Development Fund Replenishment Act of 2009
The CBO “estimates that implementing S. 955 would cost $318 million over the 2010-2014 period.”
Congressional Budget Office – Cost Estimate of S. 954 World Bank International Development Association Replenishment Act of 2009
The CBO “estimates that implementing S. 954 would cost about $2.6 billion over the 2010-2014 period.”
The State Department released a fact sheet titled “One Table: Advancing Agriculture to End Hunger” that summarizes U.S. policies aimed at addressing chronic hunger throughout the world. The fact sheet states that the U.S. “objective is to build sustainable agriculture systems so all people have reliable access to nutritious food” and includes a list of “principles” and “key areas” that guide the U.S. approach to address chronic hunger.
Congressional Budget Office – Cost Estimate of H.R. 2454 American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) “and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimate that over the 2010-2019 period enacting this legislation would:
- Increase federal revenues by about $846 billion; and
- Increase direct spending by about $821 billion.
In total, those changes would reduce budget deficits (or increase future surpluses) by about $24 billion over the 2010-2019 period.”
Congressional Budget Office – Cost Estimate of H.R. 2410 Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) “estimates that implementing the bill would cost $40.6 billion over the 2010-2014 period.” The CBO also “estimates that enacting the bill would reduce direct spending by $49 million in 2011 and $52 million over the 2011-2014 period.”