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House and Senate pass Continuing Appropriations Resolution for FY 2015

The House (9/17) and Senate (9/18) passed the “Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015” (H.J.Res 124), a Continuing Resolution (CR) that authorizes appropriations for FY 2015 through December 11, 2014 at the FY 2014 enacted levels ($1.012 trillion in discretionary funding). While total discretionary funding is maintained at the FY 2014 enacted level,…

U.S. response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa – UPDATED

The information provided below lists the announcements, statements, and actions by the U.S. government to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. White House: White House fact sheet: “U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa” (September 16, 2014) Remarks by President Obama on the Ebola outbreak (September 16,…

President signs “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014” into law

President Obama signed the “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014” (S. 1104) into law (Public Law #113-162). The law, which was originally introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), directs the Secretary of State to provide an annual report to Congress “on the status of post-earthquake recovery and development efforts…

Senate passes resolution expressing support of U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

The Senate approved a resolution (S.Res.522) expressing support for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, to be held in Washington, D.C. from August 4-6, 2014. Among other things, the resolution states that the Senate “supports innovations in development and an expanded partnership with the private sector, including in the areas of energy,…

Senate Appropriations Committee releases FY15 Health & Human Services Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations released the FY 2015 Departments of Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill. A draft report released by the committee provided funding levels for global health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the John E. Fogarty…

UPDATED – Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, approved the FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health (total funding…

“International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014” introduced in Senate

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the “International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014” (S. 2472). According to a press release from Senator Markey’s office, the proposed bill “would direct the Department of State to make preventing and responding to discrimination and violence against the LGBT community a foreign policy priority…

“Food for Peace Reform Act of 2014” introduced in Senate

Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the “Food for Peace Reform Act of 2014” (S. 2421). According to a press release from Senator Corker, the bill would “transfer current food aid authorities from the Farm bill into the Foreign Assistance Act and implement the following reforms that…

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY15 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations unanimously approved the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (S. 2389). The approved bill includes $1.466 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $185.126 million for…

Resolution commemorating and supporting the goals of World AIDS Day passed in Senate

The Senate passed a resolution (S. Res. 314) introduced by Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) supporting the goals and ideals of World AIDS Day, which takes place each year on December 1. The resolution “commends the dramatic progress in global AIDS programs supported through the efforts of PEPFAR [(The U.S. President’s…