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116th Congress: Senate Foreign Relations Committee gets new Chair, three new Republican members

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The 116th Congress brings significant change to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a new chair whose record offers few — but significant — clues to his global health leanings, to three well-known, but new Republican members, all of who indicated varying views on the value of foreign aid. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) – In […]

PEPFAR Act assures five more years of U.S. HIV, TB responses

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Bipartisan, bicameral legislation extends U.S. Leadership Act, confirming ongoing commitments to PEPFAR and the Global Fund Proving that Congress can act, unified, swiftly and decisively, the United States Senate Monday unanimously passed legislation renewing authorization of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, and supporting the program’s goals. The PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of […]

New Leadership on the way for Senate Foreign Relations Committee while four new Republicans take seats

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With Sen. John Kerry expected to leave the Senate to serve as Secretary of State, the committee that oversees international aid will get new leadership, as well as four new Republican members. The addition of two new Democrats, Sen. Chris Murphy (D – CT) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) was announced in December. Sen. Robert […]

New Senate Democrats get Foreign Relations Committee spots

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Science Speaks is continuing to look at changes in Washington’s global health leadership in the wake of November’s election. While Sen. Dick Durbin, who played a pivotal role in PEPFAR’s creation, leaves the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,  two new Democratic members, as announced Wednesday, will join the committee which directs foreign aid. Chris Murphy  (D-Ct) […]

Exiting foreign affairs leaders take decades of experience as they leave Capitol

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As the 112th Congress draws to a close, Science Speaks is following changes in global health leadership, today looking at outgoing global issues leaders Rep. Howard Berman, former chair, and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Sen. Richard Lugar, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.   Rep. Howard Berman […]

Senate Panel May Weigh In On Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill

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On Thursday, a powerful Senate panel is expected to ramp up pressure on Uganda’s leaders to kill an anti-gay bill that would criminalize homosexuality and is now pending in that country’s Parliament.    At issue is Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which would impose life imprisonment or a death sentence for same-gender consensual sex and threatens prison time for […]

With Star Witnesses, Senate Panel Shines Spotlight on U.S. Global Health Priorities

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Two global health heavyweights—Bill Clinton and Bill Gates—testified before a key Senate committee today, urging lawmakers to provide more U.S. funding to combat scourges such as HIV and tuberculosis. In opening remarks, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stressed the importance of funding global health programs and cited the success […]

Senators Prod White House on USAID Appointment

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No news is definitely not good news when it comes to this sore subject: the vacancy at the helm of USAID. Reports out today indicate that lawmakers in Congress are as anxious as the rest of us about the fact that this agency is rudderless, at a time when the Obama Administration is seeking to […]

Goosby's Confirmation Hearing Short & Sweet

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If today’s hearing was any indication, Dr. Eric Goosby is headed for an easy confirmation to be U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. Dr. Goobsy’s time in the hot seat, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lasted all of 30 minutes this afternoon, and he wasn’t thrown any hardballs. In his opening remarks, Dr. Goosby talked about […]

Goosby in the Senate Spotlight Today

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For anyone interested in the fight against global AIDS, today is potentially pivotal. This afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on Dr. Eric Goosby’s nomination to be U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. A full Senate vote confirming Goosby cannot come too soon; with Congress set to make funding decisions in the […]