The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs is scheduled to approve a draft bill Wednesday that rejects the Obama administration’s proposed cuts to HIV and TB spending for fiscal year 2016. The bill contains $250 million above the President’s fiscal year 2016 request for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, $45 million above the President’s request for the United States Agency for International Development’s tuberculosis program, and maintains fiscal year 2015 funding levels for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, according to sources on Capitol Hill.
The Subcommittee’s draft bill contains $5.67 billion for total global HIV funding, including PEPFAR and the Global Fund, (although only 52 percent of Global Fund money goes to HIV responses). While final numbers will not be revealed until the Committee’s report is released after the vote tomorrow, sources on Capitol Hill say the topline number for global HIV includes $1.35 billion for the Global Fund. That leaves $4.32 billion for PEPFAR, keeping funding for the program at current levels and maintaining the President’s FY 16 request.
The Subcommitee draft bill also includes $236 million for the USAID tuberculosis program – maintaining the FY 2015 funding level for the program.
Science Speaks will have more details on the bill as they become available.