On Monday, February 6, 2012 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will hold a discussion of MCC’s Indonesia Compact and its clean energy, child health, and procurement reform initiatives.
UPDATE: The President signed the bill into law (Public Law #112-74) on December 23, 2011 after the Conference Agreement passed the House (296-121) on December 16, 2011 and the Senate (67-32) on December 17, 2011. Additionally, the Senate voted against (43-56) a resolution (H.Con.Res. 94) that would have applied a 1.83% across-the-board rescission to all FY 2012 appropriations except the Department of Defense (DoD), Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs.
Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY, 5th; Chairman House Committee on Appropriations) released a statement announcing that a joint House-Senate Conference Committee had reached agreement on final FY 2012 Appropriations legislation (H.R. 2055), which includes funding for global health programs through the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Defense (DoD). While total funding for the Global Health Initiative (GHI) is not yet available, the appropriations detailed in this agreement totaled $8.3 billion.
Directs that no FY 2012 global health funds may be used for needle exchange programs;
Includes additional Congressional oversight before the Administration makes a multi-year funding pledge;
Requires the Administration to report back to Congress with an analysis of the potential costs/savings of transitioning the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) into USAID; and
Requires the Administration to report back to Congress with an analysis of transitioning the leadership of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) to USAID as outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).
Global health appropriations as provided in the Conference Report (House Report 112-331) and Joint Statement of Managers are summarized as follows:
Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY, 5th; Chairman House Committee on Appropriations) introduced the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012” (H.R. 3671), which includes funding for global health programs through the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Chairman Rogers also introduced a resolution (H.Con.Res. 94) that would apply a 1.83% across the board rescission to all FY 2012 appropriations except the Department of Defense (DoD), Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs.
“Directs that no HIV/AIDS funding be provided for needle exchange programs”;
“Requires additional congressional oversight before the Administration makes public announcements of multi-year funding pledges”;
Requires that the Administration report back to Congress with an analysis of the potential costs (including savings and increases) of transitioning the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) into USAID; and
Requires that the Administration report back to Congress with an analysis of transitioning the leadership of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) to USAID as outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).
Global health appropriations included in the bill are as follows:
Department / Agency
Part of the GHI*
FY11 Enacted (millions)
FY12 Request (millions)
FY12 House Bill (H.R. 3671) (millions)**
House – FY11
House – Request
State & Foreign Operations
of which GF
of which UNFPA
Water (all acounts)
Health and Human Services (HHS)
CDC Global Health
of which HIV
NIH – Global Fund
NIH – Fogarty International Center
Department of Defense (DoD)
The Global Health Initiative
Total GHI (known amounts)****
*GHI: U.S. Global Health Initiative.
**The FY 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act included an across-the-board 0.189% rescission to all funding provided through the Labor-HHS portion of the bill.
***The FY 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act states that “not less than $575,000,000 should be made available for family planning/reproductive health” through all bilateral accounts, but does not delineate this amount by account. UNFPA funding is in addition to the bilateral funding and is provided through the International Organizations and Programs (IO&P) account.
****Total funding for the GHI is not currently available as some funding provided through SFOPS, HHS, and DoD were not delineated in the FY 2012 appropriations bills.
During the Keynote speech given at the opening session of the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) in Busan, South Korea, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the U.S. intention to join the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and summarized how the U.S. was addressing “the concerns we hear about traditional donors” including in the areas of: country ownership, tied aid, measurement of success, flexibility, and coordination.
Secretary Clinton also participated in a panel discussion during a Special Session on Gender at the HLF-4 where she announced the Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) initiative which aims to improve the quality of availability of gender statistics.
Additional Information from the Administration on the HLF-4:
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Bali, Indonesia to attend the ASEAN and East Asia Summits. During their visit, Secretary Clinton provided remarks at the signing of a Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact with Indonesia that will focus on “adequate nutrition during the 1,000-day window from a woman’s pregnancy to a child’s second birthday.” Following a bilateral meeting with President Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Obama provided a statement that, among other things, highlights the $600 million MCC Compact with Indonesia.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation will host a “Public Post-Board Town Hall Meeting” on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 from 10:00AM to 11:30AM at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (875 Fifteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005). The event will feature discussion of the “updates to MCC’s selection indicators, the proposed Indonesia Compact, Tunisia’s eligibility for a Threshold Program, and results from Armenia.”
The House Appropriations Committee released the FY 2012 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill.Â The proposed bill includes funding for the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) of $7.1 billion from the Global Health and Child Survival (GHCS) Account, which is $1.6 billion below the Presidentâ€™s FY 2012 budget request of $8.7 billion and approximately $700 million below FY 2011 levels of $7.8 billion for the GHCS (additional funding for the GHI is provided through other spending bills).Â Funding for family planning/reproductive health is capped in the bill at $461 million from all accounts compared to $769 million in the Presidentâ€™s FY 2012 budget request and $615 million in FY 2011.Â The bill would also reinstate the Global Gag Rule and prohibit the provision of any funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).Â
Timeline of the bill:
Released by the House Appropriations Committee on July 26, 2011.
Approved during markup without change or amendment by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on July 27, 2011.Â
Access the FY 2012 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill here. (PDF)
Read Representative Hal Rogerâ€™s (R-KY, 5th â€“ Chairman) opening remarks.
Read Representative Kay Grangerâ€™s (R-TX, 12th â€“ Chairwoman) opening remarks.
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed (23-20)Â H.R. 2583 â€“ Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2012.Â The proposed bill, which was introduced by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th)Â authorizes appropriation levels for the Department of State for FY 2012 and, among other things, would also reinstate and expandÂ the Global Gag Rule.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2012 Budget and Appropriations”. According to the summary, “[t]his report analyzes the FY2012 request, including State Department, international broadcasting, and foreign aid highlights, recent-year funding trends, and congressional action related to FY2012 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”