The Senate State and Foreign Operations subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee followed the House’s example this week and proposed flat funding for most global health programs for fiscal year 2016, with the exception of family planning, which saw the same large cut as it did in the House Appropriations Committee bill last month.
The bill contains $461 million for family planning and reproductive health programs – $152 million below the President’s request and $149 million below FY 2015 funding levels.
Global health programs overall saw an increase of $14.1 million over current funding levels and $287 million above the President’s request, with steady funding for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and $1.35 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, which is an increase over the President’s request of $1.1 billion.
The bill also provides $236 million for the USAID tuberculosis program, an increase of $45 million over the President’s request.
Stay tuned . . . the full Appropriations Committee considers the bill Thursday.