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Secretary Clinton testifies before House Committees on FY 2013 budget request

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the FY 2013 budget request. During testimony before both Committees, Secretary Clinton summarized the priorities of the FY 2013 budget request for the State and Foreign Operations and, among other things, highlighted efforts through the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Feed the Future Initiative (FtF).

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House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs

  • During opening remarks, Representative Kay Granger (R-TX, 12th; Chair of the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs) commented on, among other things, proposed reductions in global health programs, and stated “we will need to understand how these reductions can be achieved without jeopardizing our progress and leadership on these issues.”
  • During opening remarks, Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY, 18th) asked Secretary Clinton to comment on the proposed reductions in funding for the GHI and the implications of potential cuts in funding for family planning and reproductive health programs.

House Committee on Foreign Affairs

  • Opening remarks by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th; Committee Chair).
  • Opening remarks by Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th; Ranking Member).
State Department official discusses efforts to address threat of biological weapons

In a speech titled “Global Threats, Collaborative Solutions” given at the American Society for Microbiology, Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting, State Department Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation Thomas Country discussed U.S. and global efforts to prevent the use of biological weapons including the International Health Regulations (IHR), Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), and efforts “to strengthen capabilities to detect, investigate, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks anywhere in the world.”

Administration officials release statements commemorating the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement commemorating the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) and reaffirming the U.S. commitment to abolishing the practice of FGM/C.

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CRS releases report on FY2012 State and Foreign Operations appropriations

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 and congressional action related to FY2012 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”

Secretary Sebelius discusses HHS’s role in global health and its new global health strategy

At a Kaiser Family Foundation event Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius provided introductory remarks on the role of HHS in global health and its recently released global health strategy. Secretary Sebelius’ comments were followed by a panel discussion that included representatives from the HHS Office of Global Affairs (OGA), State Department, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Institute of Medicine (IOM), CARE, and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Secretary Clinton announces release of “PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation”

During an event at the State Department commemorating World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the release of the “PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation,” which outlines the principles and plans guiding how The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will work towards the goal of an AIDS-free generation. Additional Information: Complete…

State Department official discuss counterfeit and substandard medicines

In remarks given at the Global Forum on Pharmaceutical Anti-Counterfeiting and Diversion, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Robert D. Hormats discussed, among other things, why the U.S., particularly the State Department, is involved in the effort to prevent the spread of counterfeit and substandard medicines and outlined the specific activities being undertaken to address the problem.

Administration actions and statements commemorating World AIDS Day

The White House released a statement from President Obama commemorating World AIDS Day (December 1, 2012). Additionally, the President signed a Presidential Proclamation recommitting the U.S. “to preventing the spread of this disease, fighting the stigma associated with infection, and ending this pandemic once and for all,” and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced…

CRS releases report on efforts to evaluate U.S. foreign assistance

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “Does Foreign Aid Work? Efforts to Evaluate U.S. Foreign Assistance.” According to the introduction, the report focuses on efforts by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and “discusses past efforts to improve aid evaluation, as well as ongoing issues that make evaluation challenging in the foreign assistance context. The report also provides an overview of the current evaluation policies of the primary implementing agencies, and discusses related issues for Congress, including recent legislation.”