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S. 3688 – International Professional Exchange Act of 2010

The proposed bill would authorize the Secretary of State to create a 3-year international exchange pilot program between the U.S. and Muslim-majority countries with the purpose of, among other things, helping to “build professional capacity and contribute professional skills to local communities through a two-way exchange of fellows.” The bill also outlines the fellows selection process and includes a preference for individuals in specific professions including public health workers.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on August 2, 2010.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on December 14, 2010.

- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the bill on December 22, 2010.

S.Res. 432 – Supporting the goals and ideals of the Year of the Lung 2010.

The resolution states that “the Senate supports the goals and ideals of the Year of the Lung,” which includes efforts to combat global tuberculosis and other lung-related diseases.

Timeline of the Bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on March 3, 2010.

- Passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on December 22, 2010.

S. 987 – International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2009

Among other things, the bill states that “child marriage undermines United States investments in foreign assistance . . . to reduce maternal and child mortality, reduce maternal illness, halt the transmission of HIV/AIDS [and] prevent gender-based violence.” The bill requires the President to establish a multi-year strategy to prevent child marriage and authorizes the President to implement a variety of foreign assistance programs directed at the needs of girls including “access to water and suitable hygiene facilities . . . [and] access to health care services and proper nutrition for adolescent girls.” The bill authorizes “such sums as necessary.”

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on May 6, 2009.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on September 21, 2010.

- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimate of the bill on October 7, 2010.

- Passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent on December 1, 2010.

- A motion in the House to suspend the rules and pass the bill failed (241-166; 2/3 required) on December 16, 2010.

S.J.Res. 42 – A joint resolution to extend the continuing resolution until February 18, 2011

The proposed joint resolution would amend the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (Public Law #111-242) to extend authorized FY 2011 appropriations through February 18, 2011 (the original Continuing Appropriations Act authorized appropriations through December 3, 2010 and was then amended to authorize appropriations through December 18, 2010).

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. 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. 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.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.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. 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.