Category Archives: Special Series

New ranking member of Senate Appropriations HHS subcommittee gets mixed reviews

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“Given the vast amount of progress made over the last century and the great potential current research holds, now is not the time to waiver on America’s commitment to advancing disease cures and treatments.” These are welcome words from the senator who now holds a leadership position on the subcommittee that oversees funding for the […]

Two new Democrats and two new Republicans join Senate Appropriations’ State, Foreign Operations Subcommittee

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The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, with oversight that includes funding for the State Department and USAID, has four new members  announced this week with diverse approaches and backgrounds in global health issues. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) became the only woman in history to have been elected as a state governor and […]

Physicians, scientists, advocates call on Kerry to push for funding that backs policy in global AIDS fight

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Saying they are “gravely concerned about reports that the Obama Administration’s FY 2014 budget requests for PEPFAR and the Global Fund fail to provide adequate resources,” researchers and physicians from programs, centers and institutions leading the international AIDS response sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry Friday, urging him to speak up for […]

Rep. Bass continues as ranking member of House Foreign Affairs’ Africa, Global Health Subcommittee with two new Democrats

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On Monday Science Speaks looked at new Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa Global Health and Human Rights. Today, the focus is on two new Democrats, and the reappointment of Rep. Karen Bass as ranking member, appointed March 2012 to replace the late Rep. Donald Payne as lead Democrat on the subcommittee. […]

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights gets four new Republicans

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The subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that oversees international health issues, including infectious disease, maternal and child health and global health programs and population programs, as well as human rights issues and agencies, has six new members. Today Science Speaks profiles the four new Republicans to join the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, […]

Global Health Appropriations: New Democrats on House State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee include returning champion of HIV response

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While two new members of House Appropriation Committee’s State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee profiled here yesterday voted first for and then against the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, one of the three profiled today is an unambiguous supporter of global health initiatives, having played a pivotal role in virtually all legislation guiding America’s HIV […]

Global Health Appropriations: New Republicans on House State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee bring mixed history on PEPFAR

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The House Appropriations Committee’s State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, with oversight on funding issues involving USAID  and the State Department, has six new members — three Republicans and three Democrats — bringing a mix of experience and stances on global health issues, including on policy, funding, and research. Today Science Speaks looks at the new […]

Holding the purse strings: new leaders’ global health stances run from strong to steady support

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“WE CAN BE FRUGAL WITHOUT BEING HEARTLESS,” MIKULSKI SAYS New leadership will guide the Senate Appropriations Committee, as it oversees how a likely dwindling pool of federal dollars are disbursed, and the Senate Budget Committee, as it oversees allotment of available amounts. With chairs hailing from two states that serve as headquarters to global health […]

New leadership of House Foreign Affairs brings contrasting views of committee role, global health approaches

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As noted earlier here,  U. S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s December announcement of  Democratic Ranking Members for 113thCongress House Committees saw one global health champion, Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), who lost his seat in November’s election, succeeded by another, with the ascent of Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) to ranking member of the House […]

New Leadership on the way for Senate Foreign Relations Committee while four new Republicans take seats

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With Sen. John Kerry expected to leave the Senate to serve as Secretary of State, the committee that oversees international aid will get new leadership, as well as four new Republican members. The addition of two new Democrats, Sen. Chris Murphy (D – CT) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) was announced in December. Sen. Robert […]