Advocacy Update

Advocacy Update ~ October 28, 2019

Still No Deal on FY 2020 Appropriations The House and the Senate continued discussions last week on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bills, hoping to reach a compromise on topline (302(b)) allocations for each of the individual spending bills. Unfortunately, there appears to be no end in sight. Meanwhile last week, the Senate did…

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Advocacy Update ~ 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…

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Advocacy Update ~ September 30, 2019

United Nations Held High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage On September 23, the United Nations hosted a high-level meeting (HLM) focused on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The HLM was an opportunity to accelerate countries’ actions towards achieving UHC, which is seen as critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. After months of negotiations over the…

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Advocacy Update ~ September 16, 2019

Senate Starts Work on FY 2020 Spending Bills Congress returned to Capitol Hill last week with an eye towards finishing up Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Appropriations. With the House having passed most of the spending bills earlier this year, attention was focused on the Senate. On last week’s schedule was a markup of the Labor,…

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Advocacy Update ~ September 3, 2019

Rescission: The 2019 Version In early August, reports emerged that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) had sent a letter to USAID and the State Department asking for a review of unobligated (unspent) funding for Fiscal Years (FY) 2018 and 2019 for a number of programs, including global health and development assistance, in the…

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Advocacy Update ~ August 5, 2019

Congress Reaches Agreement on a Two-Year Budget Deal In late July, U.S. Congressional leaders and the White House came to an agreement on a two-year deal that would suspend the debt ceiling until July 31, 2021 and lift spending caps on discretionary spending, avoiding automatic spending cuts imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act. The…

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Advocacy Update ~ July 1, 2019

House Passes Minibus Spending Package On June 19, the House passed a minibus spending package (H.R. 2740). The spending package, which passed 226 to 203, includes the FY 2020 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPs); Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS); Energy and Water; and Defense appropriations bills. None of…

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Advocacy Update ~ June 17, 2019

House Debates the First of Several FY 2020 Spending Packages Last Wednesday, the House took up the first of several spending packages to fund federal agencies and programs in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The first “minibus” is an almost $1 trillion package that includes appropriations for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS); State…

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