Category Archives: Budget

Congress passes funding bill, avoiding government shutdown, leaving questions on potential to realize new global health goals

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On Wednesday Congress approved a short-term spending bill to fund the federal government for ten weeks, hours before the midnight deadline that would have shut down the government. Congress now has until December 11th to negotiate a budget deal that would fund government programs through September 30, 2016. Central to the budget negotiations are disagreements […]

Questions about suspended contractor’s HIV work meet USAID culture of silence and stalling

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When a multi-billion dollar nonprofit with PEPFAR contracts spends millions of tax dollars on stratospheric salaries, parties, presents, and perks, USAID has no answers on what happened to AIDS responses How does a faith-based nonprofit launched by a minister, his wife and his daughter in 1998 become the recipient of more grants and working agreements […]

Kerry defends President’s FY 15 global health budget before House subcommittee

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“I do believe we’ll be able to meet the target and meet our goals,” Secretary of State John Kerry told a House subcommittee Thursday, answering a question about global health provisions in President Obama’s fiscal 2015  budget. In a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, Kerry lauded U.S. aims and […]

Obama 2015 budget fails to restore global HIV funding

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The Obama administration’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget, released today, includes stagnant funding for global HIV/AIDS programs and continued support for the Global Fund to Fight HIV, TB, and Malaria. The proposed budget includes $4.35 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — the same amount allocated under fiscal year 2014. With dried […]

House Appropriations votes FY14 global health funding: adds PEPFAR requirements, tops Obama and Senate subcommittee TB number

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With the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief  facing a drop from fiscal year 2012 funding, the House Appropriations Committee added language from Rep. Barbara Lee to the funding bill it voted on today, requiring indicators to ensure that “country ownership” is pursued effectively and appropriately. The Committee proposed that three global health programs be […]

House meets President’s budget request for global AIDS, slashes international, family planning aid

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The funding bill for fiscal year 2014 that the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations voted on today met the President’s request for global HIV/AIDS programs, while dramatically slashing other international aid programs.  Overall the full State and Foreign Operations allocation is 19 percent below current levels and the President’s request. The full […]

Infographic breaks link between death and taxes

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“Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” With the grim association stirred by the old adage credited to Benjamin Franklin, selling taxpayers on the idea of chipping in more would seem to be a hard sell. But a new infographic from amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, takes on the challenge with a novel appeal […]

Could PEPFAR birthday party be followed by budget brawls?

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As policy makers and legislators celebrated PEPFAR’s 10th birthday with pledges of ”strengthened” commitment to the goal of an AIDS-free generation, and researchers compared findings on the challenges ahead, events on Capitol Hill left the funding for the work yet to be done uncertain. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Kerry told those gathered to commemorate […]

Nationwide, health experts, leaders, front-liners urge lawmakers: Let PEPFAR reach its goals!

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With the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief slated for a third consecutive funding cut under the Obama administration’s budget proposal for the coming year, 629 health professionals from across the United States signed onto letter sent to Congressional leaders today asking them to enable the 10-year-old program to achieve its purpose. “As physicians, scientists, […]

Global health funding in precarious position as lawmakers “just aren’t getting it”

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You know that the state of global health is in a precarious position when leading physician scientists take time out of a scientific conference to discuss public policy.  That’s exactly what happened at the recent HIV Prevention Trials Network conference, when NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci implored his colleagues to advocate for global HIV/AIDS, particularly […]