Approps

Advocacy Update ~ October 23, 2017

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate, Global Health Council. Senate Passes Budget Resolution Late last week the Senate passed a Budget Resolution, setting topline funding amounts for the appropriations bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, but similar to the House, the chamber really set up the vehicle…

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Advocacy Update – September 25, 2017

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate, Global Health Council. House passes Mini Omnibus for FY18 In mid-September, the House made unexpected progress in the annual appropriations process, and passed a mini Omnibus bill, made up of eight spending bills, for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The Omnibus included…

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Civil Society Statement Recognizing the Role of Global Health in Development

Download PDF version of statement here. As organizations that work around the world to ensure healthier, safer lives for all people, we join together to support sustained and strengthened U.S. commitment to global health. Health is the backbone of strong and stable communities, which makes global health – in addition to humanitarian relief, democracy and…

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Advocacy Update ~ September 11, 2017

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, GHC Senior Advocacy Manager. Last week, Congress returned from August recess and got to work, tackling not only the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the debt ceiling, but also appropriations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, which begins on October 1. The legislation to provide disaster relief funds to…

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Advocacy Update ~ August 7, 2017

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate at Global Health Council. FY18 Appropriations: House Appropriations Committee Approves Bills In mid-July, the House Appropriations committee approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 State and Foreign Operations bill, which includes funding for USAID, State Department and other international activities. The House…

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Advocacy Update ~ July 10, 2017

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager at Global Health Council. FY18 Appropriations Capitol Hill was quiet last week because of the July 4th holiday. There is talk that the House State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee will hold a hearing to markup the FY18 appropriations bill in mid-July, with the full committee markup…

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Gutting Global Health Programs Serves No One

Washington, DC (May 23, 2017) — Today the Trump administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 that contains a 26 percent decrease in global health funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department of State, as well as the elimination of development assistance. In addition, cuts were recommended for programs at the Department…

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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 (April 28), Congress passed a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep…

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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 year, OMB would begin crafting the…

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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 $161.9 billion. The House has…

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