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S.Res. 392 – A resolution expressing the Sense of the Senate on the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti

Among other things, the resolution states that the Senate “applauds the rapid and concentrated mobilization” by the Administration “to provide immediate emergency humanitarian assistance to Haiti” and “urges all nations to commit to assisting the people of Haiti with their long-term needs.”

Timeline of the Bill:

- Introduced in the Senate on January 21, 2010.

- Passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on January 21, 2010.

S. 2936 – Haiti Assistance Income Tax Incentive Act

The proposed bill allows “a cash contribution made [after January 11, 2010 and before March 1, 2010] for the relief of victims in areas affected by the earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010” to be considered – for tax purposes – as having occurred on December 31, 2009.

S. 2937 – A bill to provide a temporary suspension of limitation on charitable contributions and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the enhanced charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory

Among other things, the proposed bill provides a temporary suspension to the limitation on the amount of charitable goods that an individual is allowed to consider for tax purposes so long as the contribution is made “for relief efforts related to the earthquake in Haiti occurring on January 12, 2010.”

S. 1524 – Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009

The bill proposes “to strengthen the capacity, transparency, and accountability of United States foreign assistance programs to effectively adapt and respond to new challenges of the 21st century, and for other purposes.”

The bill focuses on the following areas:

- Policy and strategic planning: Creates the “Bureau for Policy and Strategic Planning” within USAID;

- Research, analysis and evaluation of development programs: Creates the “Office for Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis in Development” within USAID and an independent “Council on Research and Evaluation of Foreign Assistance”;

- Personnel and human resources: Requires a “Comprehensive Workforce and Human Resources Strategy for the United States Agency for International Development” and establishes the “Workforce and Human Resources Task Force”; and

- Coordination of development programs in the field: Establishes the USAID in-country mission director as the primary coordinator of all US development programs in that country.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on July 28, 2009.

- Reported favorably (14-3) out of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on November 17, 2009.

- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the bill on January 20, 2010.

- A congressional report (No. 111-122) was submitted and the bill was placed on the Senate legislative calendar on February 2, 2010.

S.Res. 414 – Expressing the Sense of the Senate on the recovery, rehabilitation, and rebuilding of Haiti following the humanitarian crisis caused by the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti

Among other things, the proposed resolution states that the Senate urges the U.S. Government to conduct a post-disaster response that focuses on basic services such as health care, and encourages the U.S. and the international community to work with Haiti “to create a comprehensive national strategy for recovery and development.”

S. 2982 – International Violence Against Women Act of 2010

Among other things, the proposed bill states that “[v]iolence against women dramatically impedes progress in meeting all of our global health goals, including efforts to stem maternal mortality and the spread of HIV/AIDS.” The bill authorizes funding for efforts coordinated and conducted by an “Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues” at the State Department and a “Women’s Development Advisor” at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to prevent and address the impacts of violence against women. The bill also requires the creation and implementation of a 5-year international strategy, outlines the types of interventions that U.S. assistance would support, including “enhancing the capacity of the health sector,” and authorizes funding to implement the strategy and interventions.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on February 4, 2010.

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

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.