Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

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 […]

House Health Funding Subcommittee approves bill with increases for NIH and new infectious disease fund to expedite health threat responses

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A bill approved by the House subcommittee appropriating health and human services funding would create a $300 million Infectious Disease Rapid Response Reserve Fund at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and give the CDC Director immediate access to funds to respond to future infectious disease emergencies. Saying he had discussed the establishment of […]

House subcommittee bill flat funds global HIV and TB

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In 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 […]

Congress Funds Government until December 11 and Goes Home to Campaign—PEPFAR, Tuberculosis and Global Fund held at Current Levels

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Congress adjourned for seven weeks after completing action on a stopgap funding bill to keep the government running until December 11th with debate largely focused on the bill’s authorization of the President’s plan to train and equip Syrian rebel groups to mount an offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).  Despite concerted […]

Senate Funding Bill Disappoints Global HIV and TB Advocates

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The Senate State Foreign Operations Subcommittee approved a fiscal year 2015 funding bill Tuesday with no new resources for the U.S. flagship global AIDS program, PEPFAR, and an $11 million cut in the U.S. response to global tuberculosis. PEPFAR is funded at $4.02 billion and TB at $225 million.  The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis […]

Breaking News: House Subcommittee Funds PEPFAR and Global TB Higher than President’s Request

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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 […]

“PEPFAR has been Globally Transformative”: Institute of Medicine Releases PEPFAR Evaluation Report

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Calling for a strategic and coordinated allocation of resources, a shift from  “activities” to targeted outcomes, enhanced support for long-term systems strengthening, the development of comprehensive partnerships and refined program monitoring; members of the IOM evaluation panel highlighted the findings of the nearly 700-page report which was released today at a Washington, DC public briefing.  […]

Breaking News: Global health leaders get nod to serve as lead Democrats on key House committees

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Two key global health leaders are among the picks U. S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi just announced among the Democratic Ranking Members for 113th Congress House Committees.  Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) will assume the top Democratic post on the all important House Appropriations Committee—the committee charged with making annual funding decisions for […]

Decisive Obama win, Democrat House and Senate gains set stage for next global health steps

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President Obama’s win Tuesday means plans to follow a global AIDS blueprint due to be released World AIDS Day remain on track. The “Mexico City Policy” restricting how U.S. family planning dollars could be spent overseas, reversed by President Obama, which Gov. Romney had promised to reinstate, will remain off the books. It remains to […]

Congressional compromise likely to give to global health with one hand, take with the other

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Congress Poised to Pass Budget Bill to Keep Government Running Until Next Spring Congress is back in town but is unlikely to stay long as members consider a bill to fund federal government programs for 6 months – until March 27, 2013.   Passing this bill is essential to avoid a government shutdown on October 1—the […]