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"Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review Act of 2012" passed in Senate

The Senate passed by Unanimous Consent the “Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review Act of 2012” (S. 3341), which requires the Secretary of State to conduct a review of U.S. diplomacy and development efforts every four years. Originally introduced by Senator John Kerry (D-MA), the bill states, among other things, that “[e]ach quadrennial diplomacy and development review (QDDR) shall be a comprehensive examination of the national diplomacy and development policy and strategic framework of the United States,” and outlines specific areas and topics that should be reviewed and addressed.

The bill was passed along with a Committee Report (#112-220) by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on September 19, 2012.

Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act passed by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012” (S. 3310). Originally introduced by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), the bill would establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs and would require the Administration to establish and maintain a website providing detailed information on U.S. foreign assistance programs.

Learn about the House companion bill (H.R. 3159).

Resolution supporting the XIX International AIDS Conference passed by Senate

The Senate passed a resolution (S.Res. 532) introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) “[e]xpressing support for the XIX International AIDS Conference and the sense of the Senate that continued commitment by the United States to HIV/AIDS research, prevention, and treatment programs is crucial to protecting global health.”

Learn more about the House companion resolution (H.Res. 713).

Resolution supporting goals and ideals of World Malaria Day passed in Senate

The Senate passed by voice vote a resolution (S. Res. 429) introduced by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day. Among other things, the resolution commends efforts by the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) and “supports continued leadership by the United States in bilateral, multilateral, and private sector efforts to combat malaria as a critical part of the President’s Global Health Initiative.”

CBO releases cost estimate of "Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2011"

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the “Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2011” (S. 641). The CBO “estimates that implementing the bill would cost $5.6 billion over the 2013-2017 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.”

"Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review Act of 2012" introduced in Senate

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) introduced the “Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review Act of 2012” (S. 3341), which requires the Secretary of State to conduct a review of U.S. diplomacy and development efforts every four years. Among other things, the bill states that “[e]ach quadrennial diplomacy and development review (QDDR) shall be a comprehensive examination of the national diplomacy and development policy and strategic framework of the United States,” and outlines specific areas and topics that should be reviewed and addressed.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approves Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2011

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the “Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2011” (S. 641). The stated purpose of the bill, which was originally introduced in March of 2011, is “(1) to enable first-time access to safe water and sanitation, on a sustainable basis, for 100,000,000 people in high priority countries . . . within 6 years of the date of enactment of this Act through direct funding, development activities, and partnerships; and (2) to enhance the capacity of the United States Government to fully implement the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005.” Among other things, the proposed bill would create water related positions at both the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department and also authorizes specific water and sanitation related activities.

Additional Information:

  • Senate Report accompanying the bill (#112-194).
Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act introduced in the Senate

Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012 (S. 3310), which would establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs. The bill would also require the Administration to establish and maintain a website providing detailed information on U.S. foreign assistance programs.

Learn about the House companion bill (H.R. 3159).