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Foreign Prison Conditions Improvement Act passed by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the “Foreign Prison Conditions Improvement Act of 2013” (S. 657). Originally introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the bill aims to “eliminate conditions in foreign prisons and other detention facilities that do not meet primary indicators of health, sanitation, and safety,” and authorizes,…

President signs full-year Continuing Resolution for FY13 into law

President Obama signed the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013” (H.R. 933) into law providing funding for the government for the remainder of the 2013 Fiscal Year. The legislation, as passed by the House and Senate, specifies funding levels for some, but not all, global health programs at the State Department and United States…

House & Senate pass full-year Continuing Resolution for FY13

The House and Senate passed the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013” (H.R. 933) providing funding for the government for the remainder of the 2013 Fiscal Year. The legislation specifies funding levels for some, but not all, global health programs at the State Department and United States Agency for…

Prize Fund for HIV/AIDS Act introduced in Senate

Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Prize Fund for HIV/AIDS Act (S. 626). Among other things, the bill would establish a “Prize Fund for HIV/AIDS” aimed at incentivizing research and development of new medicines for HIV/AIDS.

Medical Innovation Prize Fund Act introduced in the Senate

Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) introduced the “Medical Innovation Prize Fund Act” (S. 627). Among other things, the bill would establish a “Medical Innovation Prize Fund” aimed at incentivizing research and development of new medicines and would require a percentage of the prize fund be dedicated to global neglected diseases, orphan diseases,…

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,…

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,…

Senate passes resolution on Ebola outbreak

The Senate passed (by unanimous consent) a resolution (S.Res. 541) on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Among other things, the resolution states that the Senate “recognizes the severe immediate threat that Ebola poses to populations, governments, and economies in Africa; . . . encourages deepened United States and international…