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Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY14 Health & Human Services Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2013 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill (S. 1284) by a vote of 16-14. A report (113-71) released by the committee provided the funding levels for global health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved, by a vote of 23-7, the FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (S.1372), 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…

Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act introduced in the Senate

Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013” (S. 1271), which would establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs. The bill would also codify and expand upon the foreign assistance information currently being provided through ForeignAssistance.gov.…

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY14 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014” (S. 1244) by a vote of 23-6. 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…

House Appropriations Committee approves FY14 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014” (H.R. 2410) by a voice vote. The approved bill includes $1.150 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $180…

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…

Resolution supporting World Polio Day passed in Senate

The United States Senate unanimously approved a resolution (S. Res. 207), originally introduced by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), “[s]upporting the goals and ideals of World Polio Day and commending the international community and others for their efforts to prevent and eradicate polio.” Among other things, the resolution states that the U.S.…

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…

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…

“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…