This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate, Global Health Council.
Update on FY18 Appropriations
Congress is working against the clock to pass a final Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 spending bill before the Continuing Resolution (CR) ends on December 8. The final push will not be easy, as the current spending levels are higher than the budget caps for FY18. Unless Congress can pass a deal to raise the budget caps, across the board spending cuts, or sequester, will be triggered. It is expected that a short-term CR will be needed for the remainder of December, but it is unclear what a final spending bill will look like. For the House and Senate proposed FY18 numbers click here.
End Tropical Diseases Act Marked up by House Foreign Affairs Committee
On November 15, Congressman Chris Smith’s (R-NJ) bill, The End Tropical Diseases Act (H.R. 1415), was marked up and passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The bill aims to expand programs to address neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) which disproportionately impact individuals living in extreme poverty, especially in developing countries. Moreover, the bill calls for USAID and other federal agencies to not only respond to these diseases but also develop and distribute medicines to treat NTDs with an emphasis for field research on the impact of these treatments for future application. As Title II of the bill is under the jurisdiction of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the bill must be marked up by that committee before moving to the House floor for a vote. Read the press release statement from Congressman Smith here.
1) In mid-November, the NCD Roundtable organized a Hill day and met with 12 Congressional offices to discuss the importance of NCDs in the global health agenda.
2) The Global Health Security Roundtable met with the Office of Global Health at CDC to receive a debrief on the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) ministerial meeting and the extension of GHSA.
If you are interested in joining these roundtables please email firstname.lastname@example.org.