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House Appropriations Committee releases FY 2012 Labor, HHS, & Education Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations released the draft FY 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education appropriations bill (H.R. 3070), which provides funding for global health programs through appropriations to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the Fogarty International Center, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The proposed bill and an accompanying funding table highlight the following amounts for global health:

  • $324.2 million for global health programs at the CDC, of which $118.0 million is for HIV/AIDS programs;
  • $71.3 million for the Fogarty International Center; and
  • The proposed bill eliminates HHS funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Learn more about the U.S. global health budget using the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Budget Tracker.

Statements and Resources from the Obama Administration on the UN High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

In a statement commemorating the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, President Barack Obama described the U.S. commitment to combat HIV/AIDS through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), increased support for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI).  In remarks delivered during the High-Level Meeting, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Susan Rice, described PEPFAR’s commitments to combating HIV/AIDS through prevention of maternal-to-child transmission and highlighted the successes of the initiative.

The State Department released additional resources for the High-Level Meeting including a fact sheet and a press release describing the key elements of the global action plan to combat HIV and highlighting the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby’s announcement  of U.S. pledge to contribute an additional $75 million for preventing mother-to-child transmission.

Additional Information:

Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2012 Passes the House Foreign Affairs Committee

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed (23-20) H.R. 2583 – Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2012.  The proposed bill, which was introduced by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th) authorizes appropriation levels for the Department of State for FY 2012 and, among other things, would also reinstate and expand the Global Gag Rule.

House Appropriations Committee releases the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, FY 2012

The House Appropriations Committee released the FY 2012 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill.  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 President’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).  Funding for family planning/reproductive health is capped in the bill at $461 million from all accounts compared to $769 million in the President’s FY 2012 budget request and $615 million in FY 2011.  The bill would also reinstate the Global Gag Rule and prohibit the provision of any funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). 

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. 

Additional Information:

Access the FY 2012 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill here. (PDF)

Subcommittee markup:

  • Read Representative Hal Roger’s (R-KY, 5th – Chairman) opening remarks.
  • Read Representative Kay Granger’s (R-TX, 12th – Chairwoman) opening remarks.
  • Read Representative Norm Dicks’ (D-WA, 6th – Ranking Member) opening remarks.
  • Read Representative Nita Lowey’s (D-NY, 18th – Ranking Member) opening remarks.

Statements on release of the bill:

  • Read the House Appropriations Committee press release.
  • Read Representative Norm Dicks’ (D-WA, 6th – Ranking Member) statement.

Learn more about U.S. appropriations for global health with the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Budget Tracker.


CRS releases report on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria: Issues for Congress and U.S. Contributions from FY2001 to the FY2012 Request.” In addition to background information and a summary of U.S. contributions to the Global Fund, the report “discusses changes the Global Fund has made to improve the efficiency of its programs and address allegations of corruption, . . . and analyzes issues Congress might consider as it debates the appropriate level of U.S support to provide the Fund.”

CRS releases report on global challenge of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “The Global Challenge of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.” According to the summary, “[t]his report reviews the U.S. response to HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria and discusses several issues Congress may consider as it debates spending levels and priority areas for related programs” including funding trends, disease-specific issues, and cross-cutting issues.

Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, discusses PEPFAR and U.S. global health policy during International AIDS Society Conference

During the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, discussed U.S. global health policy and the role of PEPFAR under the new Administration.

State Department Releases Fact Sheet on “The U.S. Commitment to Development”

The State Department released a fact sheet titled “The U.S. Commitment to Development” that summarizes the U.S. commitment “to helping the world’s poor through a broad variety of mechanisms.” The fact sheet provides an overview of existing U.S. development programs and initiatives, such as the Millennium Challenge Account and the President’s Global Health Initiative, as well as U.S. involvement in specific issue areas, such as food security, water, and sanitation issues.

Congressional letter urges the President to increase funding and “re-commit” to U.S. global leadership in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and Malaria

In a letter to President Obama, five members of Congress urged the President “to commit $7.5 billion for bilateral AIDS programs and $1.75 billion for the Global Fund in your fiscal year 2011 budget request. In addition, we ask you to include $650 million for bilateral TB programming and $924 million for malaria.” Additionally, the letter calls on the President to host the next Global Fund replenishment conference in order to “send a strong signal to the international community that the United States remains committed to ensuring the long term stability and success of the Global Fund and its partners.”