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House Appropriations Committee releases FY 2014 spending levels

The House Committee on Appropriations released the spending levels, or 302(b) allocations, for fiscal year 2014. A 302(b) funding allocation is provided to each appropriations subcommittee and acts as a ceiling for allocating funds in the appropriation bill under the subcommittee’s jurisdiction. The 302(b) allocation for State and Foreign Operations,…

Secretary Kerry commemorates 10th anniversary of PEPFAR

In remarks provided at the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 10th anniversary celebration, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that PEPFAR-supported prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs had resulted in one million babies being born HIV-free. Secretary Kerry also announced that 13 countries had reached a “programmatic tipping…

PEPFAR provides direction on involving civil society in country-level planning

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released a statement summarizing a cable sent “to all U.S. diplomatic and consular posts globally on how to increase the involvement of civil society as part of country-level planning for HIV/AIDS programming.” Specifically, the cable calls on U.S. country teams to involve…

U.S. & China announce anti-malaria and development cooperation

The U.S. State Department released a summary of specific outcomes and areas for further cooperation the conclusion of the Fifth Round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) held July 10-11, 2013 in Washington, DC. Among other things, the U.S. and China announced plans to establish a “Dialogue on Global…

House Appropriations Committee approves FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved, by a voice vote, the FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (.pdf), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health (total…

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved, by a vote of 23-7, the FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (S.1372), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding…

FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Act Released

The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations announced the release of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014” (H.R. 3547), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. A significant portion of U.S. funding for global health, including funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State,…

U.S. joins Minamata Convention on Mercury

On November 6, The United States signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury. According to a press release from the State Department, the Minamata Convention aims “to reduce exposure to mercury, a toxic chemical with significant health effects on the brain and nervous system . . . [and] . . . complements domestic…

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approves Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013” (S. 1271) by unanimous consent. Originally introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), the bill would, among other things, establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs and would…