Category Archives: Transition 2017

Aid or ammunition? As Trump plans first budget, we’re reading about the security dividends of global health investments

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Trump’s budget entails steep cuts for diplomacy foreign aid – While this fiscal year’s $50.1 billion for the State Department and USAID represents just a little more than 1 percent of the entire federal budget, this AP piece cites sources saying the president’s proposal for next year would cut that by 37 percent. US foreign […]

115th Congress and Global Health: New Democrats for House State and Foreign Operations, Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittees

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Rep. Nita Lowey’s announcement of Democrat Appropriations subcommittee membership introduces two Democrats  to the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, and two to the Labor Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee. House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee  Rep. David Price (D-NC) – Rep. Price joins the House Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations […]

Transition 2017: Tillerson confirmed as Secretary of State after divided Senate vote

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The Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson to become Secretary of State on Wednesday after a vote that saw the former chief executive of ExxonMobil receive more opposing votes than any other secretary of state nominee in American history. With a 56-43 vote, three Democrats and one independent joined all 52 Senate Republicans in confirming Tillerson to […]

115th Congress and Global Health: House Energy and Commerce gets new Chair, new leader and members for its Health Subcommittee

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) – Fresh after ensuring the House remained in Republican control after serving as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Rep. Walden takes over as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from Rep. Fred Upton, who stepped down due to term limits. Before he was elected to the House […]

115th Congress and Global Health: House Appropriations gets new Chair, while Rogers assumes leadership of State and Foreign Operations subcommittee

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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen takes seat held by Rogers since 2011 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) – A New Jersey Representative starting his 12th term in Congress, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen takes over leadership of the House Appropriations Committee as former Chair Hal Rogers’ leadership term ends. He is the second-longest serving Republican on the committee. While critical […]

Transition 2017 . . . We’re reading reactions and questions on global health impacts

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One week into the Trump administration, memos, executive orders, a draft memorandum, and State Department resignations have raised questions about the immediate future of U.S. global health responses and results. We’re reading some of the reactions. The State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned – While remaining unclear whether this was a reaction or […]

Transition 2017: Hearings on Price for HHS Secretary conclude, with finance committee vote possible next week

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Senators question ACA replacement plan, biomedical investments, while groups opposing nominee also cite abortion, gay rights stances, membership in organization that has denied HIV causes AIDS Senate Finance Committee members Tuesday followed last week’s HELP Committee hearing on Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Rep. Tom Price with a renewed focus on the Atlanta Congressman’s […]

Transition 2017: A more sweeping global gag rule returns, as cabinet head hearings continue

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With executive order Trump reinstates, broadens scope of rule restricting speech, services of health providers receiving U.S. support With his signature Monday on a Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Mexico City Policy, President Donald Trump instructed the yet-to-be installed heads of the departments of State, Health and Human Services and of USAID to ensure that no […]

Transition 2017: PEPFAR and Global Health, NIH leaders remain in place for now

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Senate committee to vote today on Secretary of State nominee Tillerson, while hearings continue on HHS nominee Price this week United States Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx and National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins are among the several dozen high-ranking department and agency officials asked to stay in their posts following the […]

Trump administration should be ready for global infectious disease outbreaks from day one, panel says

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No matter how hard the Trump administration will try to focus solely on domestic issues to “make America great again,” Bill Steiger said last week at an event on pandemic preparedness at Georgetown University, a public health issue of international importance will arise that will demand the U.S. government’s attention. And investing in building up […]