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S. 1524 – Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009

The bill proposes “to strengthen the capacity, transparency, and accountability of United States foreign assistance programs to effectively adapt and respond to new challenges of the 21st century, and for other purposes.”

The bill focuses on the following areas:

- Policy and strategic planning: Creates the “Bureau for Policy and Strategic Planning” within USAID;

- Research, analysis and evaluation of development programs: Creates the “Office for Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis in Development” within USAID and an independent “Council on Research and Evaluation of Foreign Assistance”;

- Personnel and human resources: Requires a “Comprehensive Workforce and Human Resources Strategy for the United States Agency for International Development” and establishes the “Workforce and Human Resources Task Force”; and

- Coordination of development programs in the field: Establishes the USAID in-country mission director as the primary coordinator of all US development programs in that country.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on July 28, 2009.

- Reported favorably (14-3) out of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on November 17, 2009.

- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the bill on January 20, 2010.

- A congressional report (No. 111-122) was submitted and the bill was placed on the Senate legislative calendar on February 2, 2010.

S.Res. 414 – Expressing the Sense of the Senate on the recovery, rehabilitation, and rebuilding of Haiti following the humanitarian crisis caused by the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti

Among other things, the proposed resolution states that the Senate urges the U.S. Government to conduct a post-disaster response that focuses on basic services such as health care, and encourages the U.S. and the international community to work with Haiti “to create a comprehensive national strategy for recovery and development.”

S. 2982 – International Violence Against Women Act of 2010

Among other things, the proposed bill states that “[v]iolence against women dramatically impedes progress in meeting all of our global health goals, including efforts to stem maternal mortality and the spread of HIV/AIDS.” The bill authorizes funding for efforts coordinated and conducted by an “Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues” at the State Department and a “Women’s Development Advisor” at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to prevent and address the impacts of violence against women. The bill also requires the creation and implementation of a 5-year international strategy, outlines the types of interventions that U.S. assistance would support, including “enhancing the capacity of the health sector,” and authorizes funding to implement the strategy and interventions.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on February 4, 2010.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on December 14, 2010.

S. 3688 – International Professional Exchange Act of 2010

The proposed bill would authorize the Secretary of State to create a 3-year international exchange pilot program between the U.S. and Muslim-majority countries with the purpose of, among other things, helping to “build professional capacity and contribute professional skills to local communities through a two-way exchange of fellows.” The bill also outlines the fellows selection process and includes a preference for individuals in specific professions including public health workers.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on August 2, 2010.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on December 14, 2010.

- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the bill on December 22, 2010.

S.Res. 432 – Supporting the goals and ideals of the Year of the Lung 2010.

The resolution states that “the Senate supports the goals and ideals of the Year of the Lung,” which includes efforts to combat global tuberculosis and other lung-related diseases.

Timeline of the Bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on March 3, 2010.

- Passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on December 22, 2010.

S. 987 – International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2009

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.”

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on May 6, 2009.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on September 21, 2010.

- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimate of the bill on October 7, 2010.

- Passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent on December 1, 2010.

- A motion in the House to suspend the rules and pass the bill failed (241-166; 2/3 required) on December 16, 2010.

S.J.Res. 42 – A joint resolution to extend the continuing resolution until February 18, 2011

The proposed joint resolution would amend the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (Public Law #111-242) to extend authorized FY 2011 appropriations through February 18, 2011 (the original Continuing Appropriations Act authorized appropriations through December 3, 2010 and was then amended to authorize appropriations through December 18, 2010).

S. 1382 – Peace Corps Improvement and Expansion Act of 2009

The proposed bill requires the Director of the Peace Corps to conduct a detailed assessment “to determine how best: 1) to strengthen the management capabilities and program effectiveness of the Peace Corps; 2) to expand opportunities for Peace Corps volunteers; and C) to increase the size of the Peace Corps.” The bill also requires the Director of the Peace Corps to develop a strategic plan with 1-year and 5-year goals that are based on the previously described assessment. The bill authorizes $450 million in 2010, $575 million in 2011, and $700 million in 2012 in order to fulfill the requirements outlined in the bill.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on June 25, 2009.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 13, 2010.

S. 3229 – Sustainable Urban Development Act of 2010

Among other things, the proposed bill states “it is the policy of the United States . . . to ensure access to . . . safe water and sanitation.” The bill also calls on the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to “develop a strategy to foster sustainable urban development in developing countries that updates the Making Cities Work Urban Strategy.”

S. 2971 – Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011

Among other things, the bill authorizes personnel increases at the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The bill also changes the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) by allowing the development of concurrent and subsequent Compacts.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on January 29, 2010.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 27, 2010.