Advocacy Update ~ October 15, 2019

October 15, 2019

FY 2020 Appropriations

Congress returns from a two week recess today and is expected to ramp up work on the Fiscal Year (FY)
2020 appropriations bills in hopes of finalizing them before the Continuing Resolution (CR) expires on
November 21.

GHC Co-Hosts Congressional Staff at CDC

GHC, along with GHC members American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Global Health
Technologies Coalition, and PATH, organized a Congressional Staff Delegation to visit CDC headquarters
in Atlanta, Georgia. Seven staff representing House members and committees met with CDC Director Dr.
Robert Redfield and other senior staff to learn more about the agency’s work in global health, including
how CDC is responding to the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The
staff also toured the Emergency Operations Center and a number of labs working on malaria, HIV, and
TB. A more detailed blog will be available soon.

Chairwoman Lowey Announces Retirement

Last week House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) announced that she will not run for
reelection in 2020. Chairwoman Lowey has been a strong supporter of international development,
global health, and the empowerment of women and girls for the past three decades. In a statement
announcing her retirement, she highlighted her work on the State, Foreign Operations and Related
Agencies spending bills: “I have advanced record funding for women’s health and basic education –
especially for girls – around the world, a strong U.S.-Israel relationship with bipartisan support, and other
investments that support American interests abroad.”


This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Manager, Policy & Advocacy.