The proposed bill would establish the â€œOffice for Global Womenâ€™s Issuesâ€ at the State Department, which would be headed by an â€œAmbassador-at-Large for Global Womenâ€™s Issuesâ€, and the position of â€œWomenâ€™s Development Advisorâ€ at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Among other things, these positions would be required â€œto facilitate interagency coordination and the integration of gender considerations into the strategies, programming, and associated outcomes of the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development [USAID].â€ The bill would also require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit a report to Congress detailing U.S. financial assistance directed at women and girls and assessing, among other things, â€œthe integration with the larger global health and development agenda of the United States.â€
The proposed bill would allow a legal alien (and immediate family) to leave the U.S. for the purpose of working as a physician or health care worker in a developing country, while still being considered as residing continuously in the United States for the purposes of naturalization during the period abroad.
The resolution states that the Senate supports the goals of World Tuberculosis Day, commends the efforts of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to address the disease, and “reaffirms its commitment to global tuberculosis control made through the Lantos-Hyde United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2008.”
S. 431 – Expressing profound concern, deepest sympathies, and solidarity on behalf of the people of the United States to the people and Government of Chile following the massive earthquake
Among other things, the resolution states that the Senate â€œstrongly encourages the United States Government. . . to offer all appropriate assistance, if requested by the Government of Chile, to aid in the immediate rescue and ongoing recovery efforts undertaken by the Government of Chileâ€
Timeline of the Bill:
- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on March 3, 2010.
- Passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on March 4, 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 â€œto create a comprehensive national strategy for recovery and development.â€
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 â€œBureau for Policy and Strategic Planningâ€ within USAID;
- Research, analysis and evaluation of development programs: Creates the â€œOffice for Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis in Development” within USAID and an independent â€œCouncil on Research and Evaluation of Foreign Assistanceâ€;
- Personnel and human resources: Requires a â€œComprehensive Workforce and Human Resources Strategy for the United States Agency for International Developmentâ€ and establishes the â€œWorkforce and Human Resources Task Forceâ€; 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.
Learn more about the bill here. Read the Dodd-Lugar press release announcing the bill here.
S.Res. 392 – A resolution expressing the Sense of the Senate on the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti
Among other things, the resolution states that the Senate â€œapplauds the rapid and concentrated mobilizationâ€ by the Administration â€œto provide immediate emergency humanitarian assistance to Haitiâ€ and â€œurges all nations to commit to assisting the people of Haiti with their long-term needs.â€
Timeline of the Bill:
- Introduced in the Senate on January 21, 2010.
- Passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on January 21, 2010.
The proposed bill allows “a cash contribution made [after January 11, 2010 and before March 1, 2010] for the relief of victims in areas affected by the earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010” to be considered – for tax purposes – as having occurred on December 31, 2009.
S. 2937 – A bill to provide a temporary suspension of limitation on charitable contributions and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the enhanced charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory
Among other things, the proposed bill provides a temporary suspension to the limitation on the amount of charitable goods that an individual is allowed to consider for tax purposes so long as the contribution is made “for relief efforts related to the earthquake in Haiti occurring on January 12, 2010.”