Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Brief: Flat funding of biomedical research costs lives, slows progress, hurts economy, and diminishes America’s leadership

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A decade-long trend of diminished investment in medical research, exacerbated by budget-standoff driven “sequester” cuts are showing immediate and long term impacts: in stymieing promising studies, and in thwarting the development of the next generation of scientists, according to a brief from amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research and TAG, Treatment Action Group. The brief […]

With medical research imperiled, thousands gather in D.C. calling for “More progress! More hope! More Life!”

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The rallying cry of “More Progress! More Hope! More Life!” may have been the most concise way to sum up the scope of what brought an estimated 8,000 people to downtown Washington,DC, this morning, as the breadth of the tragedies, ordeals and triumphs they represented was world wide, and as long as memory. Speakers, as […]

Congress finalizes FY 2013 budget with PEPFAR cut, Global Fund boost

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The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief  took a hit while the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria got a boost last week when the House and Senate passed a Continuing Resolution bill to avoid a government shutdown and continue funding the government through Oct. 1, the end of fiscal year 2013. The […]

Deal leaves risks for global health to fall or be pushed off the cliff

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The deadline-driven deal with which lawmakers rang in the New Year reflected an agreement not to jump off a fiscal cliff — at least until March — but leaves suspended in mid-air the fates of programs essential to meeting the goals of continued global health responses — including the implementation of PEPFAR’s Blueprint for an […]

In lives, health, medical progress, and lost ground — reports tally cost of Budget Control Act

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When legislators went home last week, they left a Continuing Resolution to keep the country running and with it, they left standing the numbers the U.S. Office of Management and Budget cited to estimate the impact of the Budget Control Act’s January 2, 2013 automatic sweeping funding cuts on  government programs, including those responsible for […]

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 […]