Category Archives: Policy

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 […]

Senator Markey introduces global LGBT human rights bill

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On Friday Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass) introduced the International Human Rights Defense Act, a bill that would direct the Department of State to make international LGBT rights a foreign policy priority. The bill calls for establishing a position in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, responsible for coordinating inter-bureau and inter-agency […]

Building a health workforce to achieve an AIDS-Free Generation

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The following is a guest post by Mandy Folse, with the Frontline Health Workers Coalition. At 2 p.m. Eastern today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx to be the next leader of one of the great successes in United States foreign assistance – the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS […]