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S. 589 – Global Service Fellowship Program Act of 2009

The bill directs the Administrator of USAID to establish an “Office of Volunteers for Prosperity” that will fund and oversee a fellowship program aimed at creating volunteering opportunities abroad. Fellowships would be award to individuals working on projects that address a variety of challenges facing developing countries including: “reducing child mortality and improving maternal health, providing medical and dental health care and prevention, and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other infectious diseases.” The bill authorizes $15 million per year from 2010 to 2012.

S.Con.Res 18 – A concurrent resolution supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day, and reaffirming United States leadership and support for efforts to combat malaria

Among other things, the resolution expresses support for achieving the target of ending malaria deaths by 2015, reaffirms the U.S. commitment to combat malaria, and urges improved coordination among U.S. and other international health programs.

Budget – Senate Passes Budget Conference Agreement

S.Con.Res. 13 (Senate Budget Resolution) was introduced by Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) and reported on by the Senate Committee on the Budget on March 27, 2009 with $49.8 billion for the International Affairs budget (the International Affairs budget contains most of the government’s funding for global health activities). When the bill was heard by the full Senate, Senators Kerry and Lugar proposed an amendment that increased the International Affairs budget by $4 billion returning it to the President’s initial request of $53.8 billion. The Kerry-Lugar amendment was passed by the Senate on April 1, 2009. The entire budget resolution was passed by the Senate on April 2, 2009. The Budget Conference to resolve differences between the House and Senate budget resolutions reached an agreement and filed its report on April 27, 2009 with the International Affairs budget at $51.0 billion. Senate voted (53-43) to approve the Budget Conference Agreement on April 29, 2009.

S.Res. 90 – A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the Fifth Summit of the Americas

The bill expresses the sense of the Senate “that the United States is prepared to work with the countries of the Western Hemisphere” in a variety of areas including: “continuing the fight against HIV/AIDS, vector-borne, and noncommunicable diseases; recommitting to the Millennium Development Goals; and supporting investment in public health.”

S. 311 – Global Democracy Promotion Act

The bill guarantees that foreign NGOs would not be considered ineligible for foreign assistance funding based solely on the type of health or medical services, including counseling and referral services, being provided.

Resolution supporting goals and ideals of World Malaria Day introduced in Senate

Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced a resolution (S. Res. 429) supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day. Among other things, the resolution commends efforts by the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) and “supports continued leadership by the United States in bilateral, multilateral, and private sector efforts to combat malaria as a critical part of the President’s Global Health Initiative.”

Resolution supporting the XIX International AIDS Conference passed by Senate

The Senate passed a resolution (S.Res. 532) introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) “[e]xpressing support for the XIX International AIDS Conference and the sense of the Senate 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 House companion resolution (H.Res. 713).

Resolution supporting goals and ideals of World Malaria Day passed in Senate

The Senate passed by voice vote a resolution (S. Res. 429) introduced by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day. Among other things, the resolution commends efforts by the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) and “supports continued leadership by the United States in bilateral, multilateral, and private sector efforts to combat malaria as a critical part of the President’s Global Health Initiative.”