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Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approves Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013” (S. 1271) by unanimous consent. Originally introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), the bill would, among other things, establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs and would…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” passed by Senate

The Senate approved by unanimous consent the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545). Originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), the proposed legislation extends existing authorities for five years and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). According to a press release from Senator Menendez, the…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” passed by House

The House of Representative approved, by a voice vote, the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545), which had been passed by the Senate the preceding day (November 18, 2013). Originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), the legislation extends existing authorities for five years and strengthens oversight of…

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 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…

“Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act of 2014″ introduced in Senate

Senators Christopher Coons (D-DE), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the “Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act of 2014” (S.2853). According to a press release from Senator Coons, the bill would, among other things, require the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) “to establish a strategy…

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…

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,…

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…

“International Violence Against Women Act of 2014” introduced in Senate

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the “International Violence Against Women Act of 2014” (S.2307). According to a press release from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the proposed legislation would “make reducing the levels of violence against…