Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

“The Gang of 12” and the future of global health funding

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The heads of each party in the two chambers of Congress announced their picks this week to staff the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, which some are now calling the “Gang of 12.” The debt deal struck last week automatically implements nearly $1 trillion in cuts to be implemented over the next nine years […]

How will global health programs fare post debt ceiling deal?

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President Obama signed a deal to raise the debt ceiling Tuesday, avoiding a U.S. government default on its loans for the first time in history by just a few hours, by agreeing to cut the federal budget by nearly $2.5 trillion over the next decade. It is not likely global health programs will survive unscathed, but how large could the cuts be? Last week Science Speaks reported on the fiscal year (FY) 2012 foreign operations spending bill proposed in the House, which aims to cut global health funding by $700 million and blocks support for clean needle programs, cutting overall foreign aid by $3.5 billion. But with the new debt deal, is the foreign ops bill a moot point?

Shedding light on the Department of Defense’s little-known contributions to global health

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The U.S. Department of Defense might not incite thoughts of contributions to global health, but a briefing Thursday on Capitol Hill shed new light on that thinking.

“The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) is one of the largest developers of vaccines in the non-private sector,” said Peter Hotez, MD, PhD…