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State Department releases fact sheet titled “U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative Helps Countries Cope with Rising Food Prices”

The State Department released a fact sheet titled “U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative Helps Countries Cope with Rising Food Prices” highlighting key components of the initiative to improve agricultural productivity.

Summary of the FY11 Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1473)

Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY, 5th) introduced the “Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011” (H.R. 1473) authorizing appropriations for the remaining six months of FY 2011 (the first 6 months of FY 2011 were funded under FY 2010 levels). The proposed funding totals for global health (as compared to FY 2010 totals) included in this appropriations bill are provided in the table below.

Note: The appropriations bill (H.R. 1473) includes an across-the-board rescission of 0.2 percent to all discretionary spending; the global health funding totals for FY 11 (H.R. 1473) listed below include this rescission.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the House Committee on the Budget and the House Committee on Ways and Means on April 11, 2011.

- Passed by the House (260-167) and the Senate (81-19) on April 14, 2011.

- Signed by the President (Public Law No: 112-10) on April 15, 2011.

Administration statements and actions commemorating World Malaria Day

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, as well as Dr. B.F. (Lee) Hall and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released statements commemorating World Malaria Day. The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) also released its 5th Annual Report to Congress.

USAID establishes new Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Highlighting the role of women in “eliminating hunger, mitigating the effects of global climate change, and drastically reducing maternal mortality”, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah announced the transformation of the Economic, Growth, Agriculture, and Trade’s Women in Development Office into a new Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment that will focus “on building partnerships that can deliver results.”

House Appropriations Committee Chairman announces FY 2011 spending levels

House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY, 5th) announced the spending levels, or 302(b) allocations, for fiscal year 2011. 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, which includes the majority of U.S. global health funding, was set at $46.953 billion ($9.693 below the President’s Request; $1.811 billion below the FY10 enacted level).

USAID releases “Striving for a Healthy Future: Global Health and Child Survival – Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress”

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released “Striving for a Healthy Future: Global Health and Child Survival – Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress.” The report summarizes the agency’s FY 2009 “global health strategies, interventions, and achievements in fighting infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS; protecting maternal and child health; supporting voluntary family planning; assisting programs for orphans and vulnerable children; building health systems capacity; and supporting cutting-edge technologies and research.”

FY 2011 full-year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1) introduced in the House includes reductions in global health funding compared to FY 2010 totals

Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY, 5th) introduced the “Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011” (H.R. 1) authorizing appropriations for the remaining seven months of FY 2011 (the first 5 months of FY 2011 were funded under FY 2010 level). The proposed reductions in global health funding (when compared to FY 2010 totals) included in this appropriations bill are provided in the table below.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on the Budget on February 11, 2011.

- Passed by the House (235-189) on February 19, 2011.

- The Senate Committee on Appropriations introduced an amended full-year Continuing Appropriations Act on March 4, 2011. Learn more about the Senate version here.

- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the Senate version on March 8, 2011.

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, “This 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.”