Category Archives: Budget

Mixed reactions greet IAS announcement of San Francisco-Oakland as AIDS 2020 conference site

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The selection of San Francisco and Oakland to host the 23rd International AIDS Conference in 2020 speaks to the power of activism over despair, of science over fear, and of ambition over acceptance — at least to some of those, including Congressional representatives, advocacy organizations, and service providers, cheering the announcement released Tuesday. Or it […]

White House budget recognizes global health threats with words, but not dollars with massive cuts to HHS, State Department, USAID

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“U.S. efforts to control the HIV/AIDS epidemic are a direct reflection of U.S. leadership abroad and the goodwill, compassion, and generosity of the American people.” President’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019 The U.S. State Department and USAID would get $25.8 billion — a cut of $9 billion, or 26 percent from the level enacted […]

Senate funding committees vote to boost NIH, global TB investments, maintain global and domestic health funding

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Senate appropriators today rejected budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration and voted to increase funding for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health by $2 billion while maintaining current funding for virtually all global and domestic health programs. With details on the particulars still sketchy, the funding subcommittee appears to have rejected cuts […]

CDC, State Department urge Congress to take action on Zika funding before summer break

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In February, when the Obama Administration proposed a $1.9 billion package to respond to the Zika outbreak, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden heard it might take three months for Congress to approve it, and he was shocked. Five months later, with the Zika supplemental bill still mired in bipartisan gridlock while […]

Senate agrees on global health funding, small boost for TB

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Shaheen amendment reverses bill’s defunding of UNFPA, reinstatement of Global Gag Rule, family planning cuts While the Senate Appropriations Committee voted today to flat-fund most global health programs, including HIV responses, the Committee voted to modestly increase TB funding with  $241 million for USAID’s global tuberculosis program —  a $5 million increase over current funding. The increase […]

Senate funding bill boosts NIH funding, cuts CDC and TB programs

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Bipartisan effort preserves medical research at Defense Department The U.S. Senate Appropriations committee approved a funding increase of $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health and a cut to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today as part of their approval of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Related Agencies appropriations bill for […]

“Zika is a test to see if we’ve learned anything from Ebola” — Emergency funding not enough to deal with emerging infections, panelists say

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The 1.9 billion dollars the Obama Administration has requested to respond to the Zika virus is not enough, according to Amy Pope. It’s not enough to build lab capacity, improve surveillance and diagnostics, and strengthen overall health systems so that the global community can anticipate emerging infections instead of reacting to them, she says. That, she […]

With TB now No. 1 global infectious disease killer, USAID justifies cuts to global TB funding

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When House Appropriations Committee members in 2014 asked then USAID Administrator Raj Shah how the U.S. could combat tuberculosis globally with 19 percent less money, he said not to worry. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief would fill the gap, he said. Two years […]

Congress passes funding bill, avoiding government shutdown, leaving questions on potential to realize new global health goals

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On Wednesday Congress approved a short-term spending bill to fund the federal government for ten weeks, hours before the midnight deadline that would have shut down the government. Congress now has until December 11th to negotiate a budget deal that would fund government programs through September 30, 2016. Central to the budget negotiations are disagreements […]