Advocacy Update

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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Advocacy Update ~ June 3, 2019

U.S. Appropriations Update House Appropriations Committee Marks Up SFOPs bill In mid-May, the House Appropriations Committee marked up the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs (SFOPs) bill, moving it a step closer to a vote on the House floor. The bill provides $54.6 billion for SFOPs with a breakdown of $48.4 billion in base funding…

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WHA Resolution on WASH in Health Care Facilities

One of the agenda items that Member States will take up at WHA is to address the lack of adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities in low- and middle-income countries. In the first-ever global estimates for WASH in health care facilities released by the WHO-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme In April, showed…

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Advocacy Update ~ May 13, 2019

FY 2020 Appropriations It has been a busy two weeks on Capitol Hill as the House began work on Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bills, including State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPs) and Labor, Health and Human Services and Related Programs (LHHS), and released the 302(b) allocations, which set the spending levels for individual…

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Advocacy Update ~ April 29, 2019

Congress Returns to Capitol Hill Members of Congress return to Capitol Hill today after a two-week recess. Prior to heading home, the House of Representatives passed a deeming resolution setting the topline discretionary spending amount at $1.3 trillion and allowing work on the appropriations bills to begin. House appropriators will begin marking up appropriations bills…

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