Government Shutdown
The government has been in a partial shutdown since December 22, now the longest shutdown in history. In an attempt to reopen the government, House Democrats, now in control of the House, have introduced spending bills similar in funding levels and language that the Senate agreed o in the previous Congress. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will not allow any bills to come up for a vote without a guarantee that President Trump will sign them. It is uncertain how long the shutdown will last. View the Fiscal Year 2019 funding levels chart.

GHC is monitoring the impact of the shutdown on global health community members who receive funding from the U.S. government. If your organization is impacted, please email us at


Updates on 116th Congress
Full committee assignments for both Senate Democrats and Republicans were announced. View a list of the key committee memberships. GHC will provide a final list of committee assignments in a future update.

See Roll Call’s 2019 Congressional Calendar.


Congressman Larsen Sends Letter to President Urging US Response to Ebola Outbreak
In late December, Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA) sent a letter to President Trump urging the U.S. to respond to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the second worst outbreak in history. Larsen notes in his letter that deploying personnel from CDC and USAID is needed to halt the outbreak and protect national security.


Global Health Innovation Act Passes
The Global Health Innovation Act (H.R. 1660), a bill focused on generating affordable technology and increasing transparency between Congress and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), was signed into law by President Trump on January 3.


Launch of the 2019 Global Health Briefing Book
Join Global Health Council for Hill meetings and a global health expo celebrating the launch of the 2019 Global Health Briefing Book on Wednesday, February 27.Sign up to participate in Hill meetings. For more information, please email us at


This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Manager, Policy & Advocacy, and Victoria Rodriguez, Advocacy Associate.

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