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Senate Appropriations Subcommittee approves FY 2012 Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education approved, during a markup hearing, the FY 2012 Labor, HHS, and Education appropriations bill (S.1599). Among other things, the bill provides funding for global health programs through appropriations to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Fogarty International Center. The Committee Report outlines funding amounts provided in the bill including $350.3 million for global health activities through the CDC and $299 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Additional Information:

  • Access a summary of the bill released by the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
  • The full Senate Committee on Appropriations is scheduled to markup the bill September 21, 2011.
  • Learn more about the status of FY 2012 appropriations using the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Budget Tracker.
Senate Appropriations Committee to markup FY 2012 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills

The Senate Committee on Appropriations will hold a full Committee hearing to markup, among other things, the FY 2012 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills.  The hearing will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 3:00 PM in 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Senate Appropriations Committee approves the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, FY 2012

The Senate Committee on Appropriations released a summary of the FY 2012 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (S.1601, Committee Report) as approved by the full Committee on September 21, 2011.  The proposed bill includes funding for the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) of approximately $7.9 billion from the Global Health and Child Survival (GHCS) Account, which is $810.5 million below the President’s FY 2012 budget request of $8.7 billion and $75.69 million above FY 2011 levels of $7.8 billion for the GHCS (additional funding for the GHI is provided through other spending bills).  Funding from GHCS for specific areas is as follows:

  • Maternal & Child Health (MCH): $595 million, of which $35 million is for polio eradication
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): $89 million
  • Malaria: $642 million
  • Tuberculosis: $225 million
  • HIV/AIDS: $4,850 million
  • Global Fund: $750 million

The proposed bill also provides for the following:

  • Family Planning/Reproductive Health: $700 million from all accounts (including the GHCS account), of which $40 million is for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC): $898.2 million
  • Global Agricultural and Food Security Program: $200 million

*These funding amounts are preliminary only and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Bill Supporting the goals and ideals of the World Malaria Day passes Senate

Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) introduced the bill, S.Con.Res. 15 - 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 proposed resolution states that Congress “supports the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day,” “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),” and “supports continued leadership and investment by the United States in bilateral and multilateral efforts to combat malaria as a critical part of the President’s Global Health Initiative.”

Senator Kerry introduces Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2012-13

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) introduced the bill, S. 1426 – Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013.  The proposed bill authorizes funding for as well as key programs and initiatives at the Department of State for FY 2012 and FY 2013.  Among other things, the bill would require the Administration to submit a report to Congress assessing “the state of implementation and early impact of the Global Health Initiative [GHI] on how the United States approaches global health,” establish the Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and establish the Office of Global Women’s Issues and the Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues at the Department of State.

S. 1137 – Medical Innovation Prize Fund Act

Senator Bernard Sanders (D-VT) introduced the bill, S. 1137 – Medical Innovation Prize Fund Act.  Among other things, the proposed bill would establish a “Medical Innovation Prize Fund” aimed at incentivizing research and development of new medicines and would dedicate a percentage of the prize fund for global health priorities such as neglected diseases and AIDS.

S. 1434 – Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill, 2010

The 2010 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill that was approved by the Senate Committee on Appropriations on July 9, 2009 includes the following funding amounts relevant to global health:

- $7.77 billion total funding for global health and child survival programs;

- $1.5 billion for agricultural assistance and food security; and

- $315 million for water and sanitation programs.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced, referred to and reported on favorably by the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar on July 9, 2009.

S. 1425 – Global Resources and Opportunities for Women to Thrive Act of 2009 (GROWTH Act of 2009)

The purpose of GROWTH Act of 2009 as stated in the bill text is “to ensure that the policies of the United States actively promote development and economic opportunities for women.” The bill directs the President to “pay special attention to the needs of women in developing countries” by providing, among other things, “basic health and HIV/AIDS education.”