The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations posted its draft bill last night with better funding levels for PEPFAR and global TB than those proposed by the Obama Administration for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2015. According to the draft and conversations with Hill sources, PEPFAR funding through the State Department would enjoy a $300 million increase in the proposed bill while global tuberculosis funding would be held steady at $236 million, denying the Administration its proposed $45 million cut in TB funding. Funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is slated for $1.35 billion, commensurate with the U.S. contribution level of 33 percent of Global Fund resources. A Subcommittee press release notes that “the legislation rejects the President’s proposed reductions to programs that combat HIV/AIDS, eradicate polio, and provide clean water and sanitation. Read the release here.
The House Subcommittee will meet late this afternoon to consider the draft funding measure. Its Senate funding subcommittee counterpart also meets this afternoon to consider its global health and foreign assistance funding bill for fiscal year 2015. In both the House and the Senate, the full appropriations committees are meeting later this week to vote on the respective subcommittee proposals.
Stay tuned for further details.