House subcommittee bill flat funds global HIV and TB

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HSFOPIn a year when global health leaders have projected a need to extend HIV and tuberculosis services to millions more people, a draft spending bill for the fiscal year beginning October 1 proposes keeping funding for global AIDS and tuberculosis programs and for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria exactly where it is.

The House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee bill  made public today, and scheduled for a vote by the House State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Thursday, appears to include $5,670 billion for global AIDS —  $4,320 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, $1,350 for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and $45 million for the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS known as UNAIDS,

Details about individual program spending proposed for other global health programs will not be released until after the bill is voted on by the Subcommittee and just days before the full House Appropriations Committee considers the measure. This is likely to be scheduled sometime soon after the July 4th Congressional recess.

A summary of the bill released by Republican leadership of  the House Appropriations committee suggests that funding levels for tuberculosis and polio programs, at $236 million and $51.5 million respectively will remain constant, despite the Obama administration’s recommended cuts to both. The summary also indicates that the bill includes $200 million “to promote global health security and address health threats overseas.”

Tomorrow’s vote will represent the first step in the annual Congressional funding process for global health and other foreign assistance programs. The Senate funding committee has not yet scheduled a vote on its version of the fiscal year 2017 spending bill.

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