The proposed bill would amend the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Amendments Act of 2007, which, among other things, established a “priority review voucher” entitling pharmaceutical companies that developed a treatment for tropical diseases to an expedited review of another drug by that company or sale of the voucher to another company. The proposed bill would allow for repeated transferability (or sale) of the priority review vouchers, expand voucher eligibility to include drug development for rare pediatric diseases, and add “Chagas Disease” to the classification of tropical diseases.
Among other things, the proposed resolution designates February 28, 2011 as “Rare Diseases Day” and states that the Senate “supports a national and global commitment to improving access to, and developing new treatments, diagnostics, and cures for, rare diseases and disorders.”
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.”
On September 7, 2011, the Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The proposed bill would authorize $1.562 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $188.0 million for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.
Global Democracy Promotion Act focusing on NGO eligibility for U.S. assistance introduced in the Senate
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Global Democracy Promotion Act (S. 1585), which states that foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) would not be considered ineligible for U.S. foreign assistance based solely on the type of health or medical services (including counseling and referral services) that the organization provides with non-U.S. government funds.
Learn about the House companion bill (H.R. 2639).
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee to markup Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations Bill
The Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies will hold a hearing to markup the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations Bill. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 2:30 PM in 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
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.
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.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introducedÂ S. 1301 – Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2011.Â According to a press release from Senator Leahy’s office, the bill “will extend the authorization of the current law until 2015, and improve cooperation among federal agencies providing victim services.”