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Senate Appropriations Committee introduces Continuing Resolution for the remainder of FY 2011; includes overall increase in global health funding

The Senate Committee on Appropriations introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would authorize appropriations for the remaining seven months of FY 2011 (the first 5 months of FY 2011 were funded under FY 2010 levels). This legislation would replace the full-year appropriations bill (H.R. 1) that was recently passed by the House on February 19, 2011. Unlike H.R. 1, which proposes to cut global health funding, the Senate CR proposes an overall increase in global health funding (see table below). Additionally, the summary of the CR provided by the Senate Committee on Appropriations categorizes State and Foreign Operations funding as part of National Security.

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.

USAID and USDA announce release of report on ways to enhance the quality of food aid

In a joint press release, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the release of a report completed by researchers from Tufts University with funding from USAID and titled “Delivering Improved Nutrition: Recommendations for Changes to U.S. Food Aid Products and Programs.”

Administrator Shah discusses food security at announcement of World Food Prize

During remarks at the announcement of the World Food Prize, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah discussed U.S. efforts to improve food security through the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF) and the $3.5 billion commitment made by President Obama at the 2009 G8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy.  Administrator Shah also announced FtF’s new “Borlaug 21st Century Leadership” program, a $32.5 million investment to “provide mentoring and training opportunities for agriculture professionals across the globe” aimed at strengthening agriculture systems and best practices.

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FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill passes House (217-203)

On June 3, 2011, Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA, 1st) introduced the bill, H.R. 2112 – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012.  The proposed bill would authorize $1.04 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $180.0 million for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. The bill passed a vote in the House (217-203) on June 16, 2011.

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GAO Report- International School Feeding: USDA’s Oversight of the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program Needs Improvement

In this report, the GAO examined the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program (MGD) including “(1) USDA’s oversight of the MGD Program and (2) the extent to which USDA has addressed the program’s internal control weaknesses,” which were identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in 2006-2007.

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  • Access highlights from the report here. (PDF)
  • Access the full report here. (PDF)
S. 1406 – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

The FY 2010 agriculture appropriations bill as reported by the Senate Committee on Appropriations includes $1.69 billion for international food assistance through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $199.5 million for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. The proposed bill “also includes $13 million, as requested, for USDA to assist in the development of sustainable food systems in countries with chronic food shortages. In addition, funds are provided for research to develop new food aid products to provide higher nutritional content to food aid recipients.”

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.

Secretary of State Clinton’s statements and actions on global health issues during diplomatic trip to Africa

On August 3, 2009, Secretary of State Clinton began an eleven day diplomatic trip to seven countries in Africa. During her trip Secretary Clinton discussed U.S. foreign assistance policy at the 8th Forum of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, U.S. food security policy during a visit to the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, attended a PEPFAR event in South Africa, signed an agreement to combat HIV/AIDS with Angola, attended the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between USAID, Chevron, and the Cooperative League of the United States of America (CLUSA) on agricultural development in Angola, and announced $17 million in new funding to address sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).