Our work on Capitol Hill has continued through ongoing meetings with Congressional offices. Over the last few weeks we’ve also had the chance to meet with senior leadership at USAID and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and have been busy ensuring opportunities for GHC member interaction with the USG delegation at the upcoming World Health Assembly.
On the Hill, timing for action on the State, Foreign Operations Bill in the House has yet to be confirmed, but there are rumors that the House Subcommittee will mark up the week of June 9th, with Full Committee and then floor consideration coming in the successive two weeks. We will be monitoring this schedule closely and are planning additional Hill meetings over the coming weeks. While the appropriations process continues, we are also taking advantage of these meetings to re-introduce GHC and sound out Congressional staff on their global health priorities and concerns.
Of particular interest last week was a meeting we had with Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture. We were especially pleased to be accompanied to the meeting by representatives from the 1,000 Days initiative. The meeting focused on the importance of adequate nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life, quality food assistance and the shift of USG nutrition programming from a siloed approach to a holistic one under Feed The Future.