Advocacy Update ~ December 4, 2017

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate, Global Health Council.

FY18 Appropriations Update

The current Continuing Resolution (CR) that is keeping the government open expires this Friday, December 8. Early last week, there was back and forth between the White House and Democratic Leadership which seemed to point to a government shutdown with the expiration of the CR. However, there are indications that Congress will pass a two-week CR, giving them time to work out a budget deal and address spending caps. This would be followed by another short-term CR lasting into January to give appropriators time to finalize FY18 spending bills.

Community Sounds Alarm on Administration’s Cuts to HIV/AIDS Programs

Ahead of World AIDS Day, 40 NGOs, including Global Health Council, sent a community statement to Congressional leaders sounding the alarm about the administration’s proposed budget for global HIV/AIDS programs. While recognizing that Congress rejected the administration’s proposed cuts to PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund), the organizations urged Congress to do more. Organizations pressed Congress to, at the minimum, fund these programs at FY2017 levels and to support program strategies that strengthen the global HIV/AIDS movement. Read the letter.

House Africa and Global Health Subcommittee: A Global Update on Alzheimer’s Disease

Last week, the House Africa and Global Health Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing for a global update on Alzheimer’s disease. The Subcommittee emphasized the importance of creating affordable medicines and technologies for developing countries at risk for Alzheimer’s, and highlighted the importance of healthcare workers and families who care for Alzheimer’s patients. View the webcast.