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Bill introduced to provide incentives for the development of qualified infectious disease products

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced S. 1734 – Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now Act of 2011.  The bill provides incentives for the development of “antibiotic drug[s] for treating, detecting, preventing, or identifying a qualifying pathogen,” including, among other infectious agents, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.

Learn more about the House companion bill (H.R. 2182).

Senate Appropriations Committee introduces Continuing Resolution for the remainder of FY 2011; includes overall increase in global health funding

The Senate Committee on Appropriations introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would authorize appropriations for the remaining seven months of FY 2011 (the first 5 months of FY 2011 were funded under FY 2010 levels). This legislation would replace the full-year appropriations bill (H.R. 1) that was recently passed by the House on February 19, 2011. Unlike H.R. 1, which proposes to cut global health funding, the Senate CR proposes an overall increase in global health funding (see table below). Additionally, the summary of the CR provided by the Senate Committee on Appropriations categorizes State and Foreign Operations funding as part of National Security.

S. 606 – Creating Hope Act of 2011

The proposed bill would amend the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Amendments Act of 2007, which, among other things, established a “priority review voucher” entitling pharmaceutical companies that developed a treatment for tropical diseases to an expedited review of another drug by that company or sale of the voucher to another company. The proposed bill would allow for repeated transferability (or sale) of the priority review vouchers, expand voucher eligibility to include drug development for rare pediatric diseases, and add “Chagas Disease” to the classification of tropical diseases.

S. 414 – International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2011

Among other things, the bill states that “child marriage undermines United States investments in foreign assistance . . . to reduce maternal and child mortality, reduce maternal illness, halt the transmission of HIV/AIDS [and] prevent gender-based violence.” The bill requires the President to establish a multi-year strategy to prevent child marriage and authorizes the President to implement a variety of foreign assistance programs directed at the needs of girls including “access to water and suitable hygiene facilities . . . [and] access to health care services and proper nutrition for adolescent girls.” The bill authorizes “such sums as necessary.”

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

On September 7, 2011, the Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The proposed bill would authorize $1.562 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $188.0 million for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.

Additional Information:

  • Access a summary of the bill here.
  • Learn more about the House FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill here.
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee to markup Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies will hold a hearing to markup the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations Bill.  The hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 2:30 PM in 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Senate Appropriations Committee to markup FY 2012 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills

The Senate Committee on Appropriations will hold a full Committee hearing to markup, among other things, the FY 2012 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills.  The hearing will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 3:00 PM in 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Senator Kerry introduces Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2012-13

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) introduced the bill, S. 1426 – Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013.  The proposed bill authorizes funding for as well as key programs and initiatives at the Department of State for FY 2012 and FY 2013.  Among other things, the bill would require the Administration to submit a report to Congress assessing “the state of implementation and early impact of the Global Health Initiative [GHI] on how the United States approaches global health,” establish the Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and establish the Office of Global Women’s Issues and the Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues at the Department of State.

S. 3627 – The HIV/AIDS Save Lives First Act of 2010

According to a press release provided by Senator Coburn, the proposed bill would make the following changes to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR):

- Requires 75% of funding be allocated for treatment purposes and sets a 5-year target to treat 5 million people for HIV/AIDS by 2013;

- Limits treatment funding for grantees to $500 per patient per year;

- Restricts grantee administrative overhead costs to 10% of total expenditures;

- Requires 5% of PEPFAR funding be set aside for the ramp up of HIV diagnosis, sets a 3-year target to conduct 1 billion rapid diagnosis test by 2013, and requires 25% of this funding be set aside to assist countries implement universal, opt-out rapid HIV testing; and

- Sets a target of reducing to zero the number of children born with HIV by working towards screening 100% of pregnant women and newborns.