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S. 2839 – Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act of 2009

The bill amends “the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998 to authorize appropriations to provide assistance for domestic and foreign programs and centers for the treatment of victims of torture.” The bill authorizes $12 million per year in FY2010 and FY2011 for the President to appropriate for foreign treatment centers of torture victims. Additionally, the bill authorizes $12 million per year in FY2010 and FY2011 to be contributed to the United Nations Voluntary Fund for the Victims of Torture.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on December 4, 2009.

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

- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) submitted a cost estimate on April 20, 2010.

- Placed on the Senate legislative calendar and submitted with a report on May 13, 2010.

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.

S.Con.Res. 60 – An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2011, revising the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal year 2010, and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2012 through 2015.

Among other things, the concurrent resolution sets forth the congressional budget for FY 2011.

Timeline of the concurrent resolution:

- Senator Kent Conrad introduced the “Chairman’s Mark” setting forth his recommended funding levels for the FY 2011 budget resolution on April 21, 2010.

- The Senate Budget Committee approved the “Chairman’s Mark” on April 22, 2010.

- The concurrent resolution was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar on April 26, 2010.

S.Res. 499 – A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day, and reaffirming United States leadership and support for efforts to combat malaria as a critical component of the President’s Global Health Initiative

Among other things, the resolution states the Senate “supports the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day” and “reaffirms the goals and commitments to combat malaria in the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-293).”

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. 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.Res. 466 – Supporting the goals and ideals of World Water Day

Among other things, the resolution states the Senate “supports the goals and ideals of World Water Day” and “urges the Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development [USAID], and all relevant Federal departments and agencies to increase the efforts and resources dedicated to . . . providing sustainable and equitable access to safe drinking water and sanitation.”

S. 3151 – Enhancing Quality Assistance and Leadership and Improving Transparency for Women Act

The proposed bill would establish the “Office for Global Women’s Issues” at the State Department, which would be headed by an “Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues”, and the position of “Women’s Development Advisor” at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Among other things, these positions would be required “to 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].” 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, “the integration with the larger global health and development agenda of the United States.”

S. 3135 – Global Health Care Cooperation Act

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.

S.Res. 454 – Supporting the goals of World Tuberculosis Day to raise awareness about tuberculosis

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.”