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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.
Global Democracy Promotion Act focusing on NGO eligibility for U.S. assistance introduced in the Senate

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Global Democracy Promotion Act (S. 1585), which states that foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) would not be considered ineligible for U.S. foreign assistance based solely on the type of health or medical services (including counseling and referral services) that the organization provides with non-U.S. government funds.

Learn about the House companion bill (H.R. 2639).

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.