Advocacy Updates

GHC serves as a communicator and convener around important issues related global health. As part of its advocacy work, GHC provides updates on the annual appropriations process, legislation pending in Congress, U.S. government policies, as well as updates related to global health in other forums.

 

Recent Updates

Trump Administration Releases FY18 Budget

On May 23, the Trump administration released its recommended budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. “A New Foundation for American Greatness” includes sharp increases for defense and border security, while drastically cutting nondefense discretionary spending.

Overall Foreign Assistance was cut approximately 32 percent, with a cut of 26 percent to...Read More »


Advocacy Update ~ May 15, 2017

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, Global Health Council.

FY17 Budget Approved
In early May, seven months after the start of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law a spending package for the remainder of the fiscal year....Read More »


Advocacy Update ~ May 1, 2017

This post was written by Global Health Council Senior Advocacy Manager Danielle Heiberg.

Congress Passes Short-Term CR to Keep Government Open
Despite being six months into Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, Congress needs another week to finish the spending package for the year. On Friday...Read More »


Advocacy Update ~ April 17, 2017

By Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, Global Health

Budget Update

Congress is in the middle of a two-week recess and when they return on Monday, April 24, they will face the expiration of the Continuing Resolution (CR) that is currently funding federal agencies and government programs for Fiscal Year (FY)...Read More »


Advocacy Update ~ April 3, 2017

By Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, Global Health Council

Trump Administration Recommends FY2017 Cuts

With all the focus on the Trump administration’s first budget, you would be forgiven for forgetting that the budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 has yet to be finalized. Currently, the federal government...Read More »


Advocacy Update ~ March 20, 2017

By Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, Global Health Council

Trump’s Proposed Budget Includes Cuts to State Department and USAID

On Thursday, the Trump administration released its first budget with recommendations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. Known as a “skinny” budget because only topline funding...Read More »


Proposed White House Budget Cuts Risk Stalling Global Health Progress

Global Health Council Statement on President Trump’s Proposed Budget

Washington, DC (March 16, 2017)  Today President Donald Trump released a proposed budget that contains close to a one-third reduction in federal funding for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development...Read More »


Advocacy Update – March 6, 2017

By Danielle Heiberg, GHC Advocacy Manager

Budget Update

Ahead of President Trump’s speech to Congress last week, it was reported in the media that the administration was sending budget guidance to federal agencies that includes a $54 billion increase to defense and decreasing by the same amount funding to nondefense...Read More »


Mulvaney Confirmed and FY18 Budget

Last Thursday, the Senate confirmed Representative Mick Mulvaney to serve as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Mulvaney is a fiscal conservative and has called for cuts not only to entitlement programs, but also to defense spending. With Mulvaney now confirmed, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018...Read More »


Advocacy Update - February 6, 2017

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Global Health Council Advocacy Manager.

Budget Update

It is expected that President Trump will release a “skinny” budget in February. This initial budget will provide a top-line look at the administration’s priorities for Fiscal Year 2018 funding levels for federal agencies and programs. A...Read More »


Advocacy Update - January 23, 2017

With the end of the Obama administration, GHC and its members express their thanks to those who worked tirelessly on advancing the global health commitments of the U.S. We look forward to continuing this work with the Trump administration.

It was announced last week that Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator,...Read More »


New Year, New President, New Congress

This blog-post was written by GHC Advocacy Manager Danielle Heiberg

The 115th Congress gaveled into session on January 3, and immediately after the swearing in of new members, got to work. While most of the activity in the near future will be around repealing the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”),...Read More »


FY17 Appropriations Update

With just hours to go before a Continuing Resolution (CR) expired on December 9, the Senate passed another CR that will keep the government funded until April 28 at Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 levels with a .19% cut across most accounts. By passing such an extended...Read More »

FY17 Appropriations Update

In mid-November, the House Republicans considered the idea of passing a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government until March 31, allowing the incoming Trump administration an opportunity to weigh in on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget. However, the House is now discussing a plan to...Read More »

PEPFAR Launches Panorama Spotlight Tool

In an effort to strengthen transparency and accountability, PEPFAR will make quarterly data publicly available through the newly launched Panorama Spotlight Tool on the PEPFAR Dashboards. The spotlight tool will have a strong focus on local level data in support of national programs and will document PEPFAR’s programmatic...Read More »


FY17 Appropriations Update

Days before the end of the fiscal year (FY), Congress passed and the President signed into law a Continuing Resolution (CR) which will fund the government through December 9. The CR sets out funding at slightly below spending for FY16 due to required spending cuts across all accounts. Also included...Read More »


Global Development Lab Act Passes the House

In late September, the House of Representatives approved the Global Development Lab Act of 2016 (H.R. 3924). The legislation was sponsored by Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) with support from Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX). The bill authorizes USAID’s Global Development Lab and focuses on increasing science, technology, and innovation to...Read More »


Congress Returns After Summer Recess

Congress returned to Capitol Hill this week to deal with Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) appropriations and funding the domestic response to Zika. With fewer than 20 days remaining in the Congressional schedule before the election and FY16 ending on September 30, little time remains for Congress to address these issues....Read More »


Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Process Is Underway

Although the timeline for the budget process for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) is pushed back due to the elections, GHC, in coordination with the global health advocacy community, this week submitted its recommendations for key global health accounts to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In a non-election...Read More »


FY17 Appropriations Update

Before adjourning for the summer recess in July, the House Appropriations Committees passed both the State, Foreign Operations (SFOPs) and Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding bills. The Senate Appropriations Committee had previously passed these bills in June.

SFOPs

In the Senate, Global Health funding saw a modest 6% increase, with...Read More »


FY17 Appropriations Update

Due to vacation schedules, a recap of the FY17 appropriations activity this week is not available. A look at the House markup of FY17 appropriations bills will be sent out next week.

Family Planning/Reproductive Health in FY17 Appropriations

After the recent markups of the State, Foreign Operations (SFOPS) FY17 appropriations bills in...Read More »


FY17 Appropriations Update

Earlier this week the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up the State, Foreign Operations and Other Related Agencies fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill. Global Health funding saw a modest 6% increase, with increases for TB, malaria, and maternal and child health (primarily due to an increase in funding to Gavi). The...Read More »


FY17 Appropriations Update

With limited time remaining before Congress recesses for the summer, activity on the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) appropriations bills is in full swing. Both the House and Senate Appropriations committees are expected to mark up the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs bills next week.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the...Read More »


Community Discussion with CDC Director of the Center for Global Health Dr. Rebecca Martin

GHC, with members PATH and Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), hosted a community discussion with Dr. Rebecca Martin, who was recently appointed Director of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC’s response role in the recent Ebola outbreak shone...Read More »


Investing in Nutrition: The Foundation for Development

The world is currently not on track to achieve any of the six global nutrition targets that were agreed to by WHO in 2012. The World Bank, Results for Development, and 1,000 Days, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, did an...Read More »


Funding to Fight Zika

On Thursday, May 12, the Senate reached a bipartisan deal to fund the fight against Zika at $1.1 billion. The funding package will be an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, which is expected to be considered on the Senate floor next week. Two additional amendments...Read More »


Zika Emergency Funding

Last week, the White House requested that unobligated Ebola funding be reprogrammed to combat the Zika virus. The President had previously requested $1.9 billion emergency funding, but the request had stalled as Republican appropriators pushed for the use of unobligated funds. It is unclear which accounts the funding will come...Read More »


FY17 Appropriations Update

This week, the Senate released the spending allocations, known as 302(b), for the 12 appropriations bills. The State Foreign Operations appropriations bill (which funds the majority of the International Affairs budget) received $52.1 billion for FY17, down about 1% ($600 million) from the current levels. The Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill received...Read More »


Increasing Competition in Pharmaceuticals Act

In early March, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved the “Adding Zika Virus to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act” (S.2152). The bill has now been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. During the hearing Senator Susan Collins...Read More »


FY17 Appropriations Update

This week USAID Administrator Gayle Smith appeared before several Congressional Committees on the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget for USAID. Appearing before the House Committee on Foreign Relations and both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on State and Foreign Operations, Administrator Smith...Read More »


FY17 Appropriations Update

With the President’s proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget on Capitol Hill since early February, Congressional hearings on the budget have begun. Secretary of State John Kerry has appeared before both the House and Senate State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as before the Read More »


Reach Act Milestone: 100 Members of Congress Support Legislation

Earlier this week 12 members of Congress signed on as cosponsors of the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, bringing the total to 100 members of the House of Representatives supporting this bipartisan legislation. The Reach Act would coordinate a U.S. government strategy that can substantially reduce preventable...Read More »


Mapping the Road to Better Health

GHC created the infographic Mapping the Road to Better Health to illustrate the relationship between the health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to demonstrate the breadth of the SDGs in promoting good health. If you chose to print the graphic, we recommend...Read More »


President’s FY17 Budget Released

The White House released the President’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) in early February. Global health programs at USAID and the State Department would be funded at $8,577 million, which is $73 million above the FY16 enacted levels. The maternal and child health (MCH), malaria and family planning...Read More »


InterAction's FY17 Funding Recommendations Letter

InterAction invites organizations to sign on to their FY17 funding recommendations letter that will be sent to Congress. The letter will accompany “Choose to Invest,” which highlights the impact of U.S.-funded international development and humanitarian assistance programs. The letter is open to non-InterAction members who...Read More »


President's Proposed Budget for FY2017

The President’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) is expected to be released on February 9. Following its released, GHC will provide an update on global health and related accounts. Review the recommended funding levels GHC, in coordination with the global health advocacy community, sent to the...Read More »


National Action Plan for Combating Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

In December, President Obama announced the National Action Plan for Combating Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a set of interventions that address global challenges posed by MDR-TB and extensively drug-resistant TB. In early January, USAID hosted a launch event featuring speakers from USAID, CDC, NIH, and the interagency working group...Read More »


Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriations Update (as of December 16, 2015)

Early Wednesday morning, Congress released the text for the Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Omnibus bill, which includes funding for global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Total known funding for global health programs...Read More »


U.S. Senate approves Gayle Smith as next USAID Administrator

On Monday, November 30, the U.S. Senate approved Gayle Smith to be the next Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Smith, who was sworn in on Wednesday, replaces Rajiv Shah who stepped down in February. Read the USAID press release.

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MFAN Circulating Letter of Support for Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) is circulating letters of support for the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act, which was recently introduced on Capitol Hill. If your organization would like to sign on to the letters, please contact MFAN.

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2016 Appropriations Update

Work continues on Capitol Hill to finish up Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 appropriations before the current continuing resolution ends on December 11. While sequestration caps were lifted in the recent budget deal, as of this writing, it is unclear how much additional funding, if any, was allocated...Read More »


House Committee Marked Up Global Health Innovation Act and Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

Yesterday, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs marked up and passed out of committee the Global Health Innovation Act (H.R. 2241), which will strengthen global health research and development programming at USAID and use of global health innovations, and the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R. 3766),...Read More »


Budget Deal and Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriations

With the passage of a budget deal in late October, the prospects of a government shutdown after December 11 – when the current Continuing Resolution (CR) under which the government is operating expires – diminished. Legislators are working to finalize the appropriations bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 based on...Read More »


Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act introduced in the House and Senate

Earlier this week, Representatives Ted Poe (TX) and Gerry Connolly (VA) and Senators Marco Rubio (FL) and Ben Cardin (MD) introduced the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R. 3766 / S. 2184). This bipartisan legislation will increase transparency by increasing the amount of foreign aid data posted online...Read More »


World Mental Health Day resolution introduced in the House and Senate

In commemoration of World Mental Health Day on October 10, both the House and the Senate introduced a congressional resolution highlighting the contributions and value of mental health, psychosocial support, and human capacity, particularly in humanitarian and development settings. The House resolution was introduced by Representatives Betty McCollum (MN),...Read More »


Reach Every Mother and Child Act Introduced in House

This week Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (H.R.3701), bi-partisan legislation to accelerate efforts to end preventable maternal, newborn and childhood deaths within a generation. The legislation will coordinate U.S. government strategy;...Read More »


Stop Gap Funding Bill Keeps Government Open

Last week, with the clock ticking down towards the end of FY15, Congress passed and President Obama signed a stop gap funding bill, also known as a continuing resolution (CR), to keep the government open. The CR funds the government until December 11 relatively at FY15 levels. With the uncertainty...Read More »


Frontline Health Workers Resolution Introduced in House

Last week Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) introduced a resolution (H. Res. 419) in the House of Representatives to recognize the importance of frontline health workers in advancing progress in global health and saving the lives of many around the world. The bipartisan resolution reaffirms that...Read More »


Family Care International Update on SRMNCAH in the Post-2015 Development Agenda Outcome Document

Dear Colleagues,

The final intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda took place in New York July 20-31, 2015 culminating in the adoption of Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by 193 Member States on Sunday evening, August 2 after long and arduous negotiations. Representatives of regional SRHR...Read More »


GHC Recommendations for Global Health Accounts for FY17

Although the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 appropriations process is still ongoing, it is time to begin thinking about the FY17 budget. With input from the global health advocacy community, GHC has provided its recommendations and justifications for key global health accounts to the Office of Management and Budget,...Read More »


Reach Every Mother and Child Act Introduced in the Senate

This week Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Christopher Coons (D-DE) introduced the Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015 which will coordinate a U.S. government strategy to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths. This bipartisan legislation would scale up solutions we know work to save the lives of...Read More »


New Global Health Security Roundtable Launched

In response to the increased interest in the U.S. government’s Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and the role of NGOs as it pertains to the GHSA, GHC has formed a new Global Health Security Roundtable. This roundtable will meet on a semi-regular basis to coordinate information and ensure that NGOs...Read More »


Reach Every Mother and Child Act Introduced in the Senate

This week Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Christopher Coons (D-DE) introduced the Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015 which will coordinate a U.S. government strategy to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths. This bipartisan legislation would scale up solutions we know work to save the lives of...Read More »


Draft FY16 Appropriations Bill Marked Up

This week the House State-Foreign Operations appropriations subcommittee met to mark up the draft FY16 appropriations bill for foreign assistance programs and conducting U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy. The hearing was largely pro forma with members giving statements on the bill and no amendments offered. The bill was passed and...Read More »


FY16 Appropriations Update

The State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill (SFOPs) will be marked up in the Senate Appropriations sub-committee on July 7, and is scheduled for mark up in the full Appropriations committee two days later. GHC will provide updates on the funding levels for key global health accounts as soon as...Read More »


FY16 Appropriations: Update

On June 11, the House Appropriations Committee passed the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations (SFOPs) bill for fiscal year 2016 (FY16). Overall funding for global health is flat compared to FY15 enacted levels. Family planning and reproductive health is capped at $461 million which is the FY08 enacted level and...Read More »


FY16 Appropriations: Update

On June 11, the House Appropriations Committee passed the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations (SFOPs) bill for fiscal year 2016 (FY16). Overall funding for global health is flat compared to FY15 enacted levels. Family planning and reproductive health is capped at $461 million which is the FY08 enacted level and...Read More »


Measurement and Accountability for Health Summit

Last week, USAID, the World Bank and WHO hosted the Measurement and Accountability for Health Summit in Washington, DC. During the three day meeting, The Roadmap for Health Measurement and Accountability and the 5-Point Call to Action were both released. These documents provide the support for ensuring...Read More »


House and Senate pass budget resolutions for FY16

This week both the House of Representatives and the Senate voted on budget resolutions for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16). Although a budget resolution is not binding and is not presented to the President, it provides a blue print of budget totals and allocations for the appropriations committees. The House budget...Read More »


Administrator Shah Steps Down from USAID

After five years at USAID, Rajiv Shah stepped down as the Administrator of the largest bilateral donor agency. Shah led the agency’s response to the Haiti earthquake and Ebola, as well as looking at how USAID could become more innovative. Ambassador Alfonso Lenhardt will serve as Acting Administrator until a...Read More »


President's FY16 Family Planning and Reproductive Health

President Obama sent his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016 to Congress in early February. Population Action International provides an in-depth look at the proposed funding for family planning and reproductive health.

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FY16 Appropriations Process Underway

The Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriations process has started on Capitol Hill. This week Secretary of State John Kerry testified before both the House and Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Ops subcommittees. Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt will testify on March 3 before the House Appropriations subcommittee. It is expected that a Budget resolution, which...Read More »


FY2016 Proposed Budget Released by White House

On February 2, President Obama sent his proposed budget for FY2016 to Congress. The proposed budget includes about $9.7 billion for the Global Health Programs account at USAID and the State Department (this is total known funding; some additional funding at USAID, the Department of Health and Human Services and...Read More »


114th Congress Convenes: Budget Outlook and Committee Assignments

The 114th Congress convened earlier this month and with it comes new committee assignments. With the Republicans now in the majority in the Senate, most of the shake up will be in that chamber. Notable changes include:

Senate Appropriations: Thad Cochran (R-MS) will be the Chairman and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) will...Read More »


Update: “Cromnibus” for FY15 Passed by Congress

Late last week Congress passed a $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” (so called because a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the Department of Homeland Security was combined with an omnibus made up of the remaining 11 appropriations bills) to fund the U.S. government through the end of FY2015. In addition to including...Read More »


Update: FY15 Omnibus Released by Congress

On December 9, Congress released the FY15 Omnibus bill, which will fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year* and includes emergency funding for the ongoing Ebola epidemic. The current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires at midnight December 11; Congress is expected to pass a short term CR to...Read More »


White House Request Emergency Funding for Ebola Epidemic

Today the White House requested from Congress for $6.18 billion in emergency funding to aid in the Ebola response. According to Politico, about $4.64 billion will be available to meet immediate needs and the rest would be held as a contingency fund.

The funding would include $2.43 billion for the...Read More »


Ebola Outbreak: Congressional Update

Although Congress is in recess until after the mid-term elections, two hearings were held on the Ebola outbreak with a focus primarily on recent diagnosis of the first Ebola cases in the U.S. The House Committee on Homeland Security held a field hearing in Dallas on the importance of...Read More »


U.S. Pushes Global Health Security Agenda

Last week the United States convened two days of meetings on the government’s Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), an inter-agency effort with the participation of 44 countries, international organizations and civil society to promote global health security as a top priority. In the midst of the current Ebola outbreak...Read More »


Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act of 2014

Before the Senate adjourned for mid-term elections, Senators Christopher Coons (DE) and Lindsey Graham (SC) (with Senator Benjamin Cardin (MD) as a co-sponsor) introduced the Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act of 2014 (S.2853). While the bill is unlikely to pass before the 113th Congressional session ends,...Read More »


Preparing for 114th Congress to Convene

As we prepare for the convening for the 114th Congress, it is time to begin thinking about how the global health community can be a resource for Congressional members and staff. In years past, GHC produced a briefing book providing an overview of the most pressing issues in global health....Read More »


Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Update

Members of GHC met with the State Department earlier this month on the U.S. Government’s Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). Discussions at this meeting focused on how civil society, particularly in the area of global health R&D; innovation; and implementation, could engage as this initiative moves forward. A one-day civil society Read More »


GHC Advocacy Brief - April 3, 2014

Christine Sow, Executive Director, GHC

As part of GHC’s ongoing advocacy work with the US government, I spent several days on Capitol Hill last week reintroducing the Global Health Council to key staff, promoting the global health agenda, and providing our community’s reaction to the President’s FY2015 budget request...Read More »