Administration News State Department updates U.S. global response to COVID-19 On July 29, the State Department provided an update on the U.S. funding commitments  for the global response to COVID-19. The update highlights and breaks down the allocated $20.5 billion that has gone towards the international response. Secretary Azar: Any vaccine would be shared once…

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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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This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, Global Health Council. FY18 Hearings and USAID Administrator Nomination Hearing Part of Busy Week on Capitol Hill Last week was a busy one on Capitol Hill. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testified at four separate hearings on the proposed FY18 budget for the State Department…

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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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On May 23, the Trump administration released its recommended budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. “A New Foundation for American Greatness” includes sharp increases for defense and border security, while drastically cutting nondefense discretionary spending. Overall Foreign Assistance was cut approximately 32 percent, with a cut of 26 percent to global health programs at USAID…

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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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By Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, Global Health Budget Update Congress is in the middle of a two-week recess and when they return on Monday, April 24, they will face the expiration of the Continuing Resolution (CR) that is currently funding federal agencies and government programs for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, and that is expiring…

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By Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, Global Health Council Trump’s Proposed Budget Includes Cuts to State Department and USAID On Thursday, the Trump administration released its first budget with recommendations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. Known as a “skinny” budget because only topline funding recommendations for federal agencies are provided, this initial budget provides insight…

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This blog was written by GHC Board Member Kate Dodson, Vice President of Global Health for the United Nations Foundation. On March 16, the White House released an FY18 budget proposal that calls for drastic cuts to the State Department, US Agency for International Development (USAID) and other non-defense discretionary spending. This means a huge reduction in funding…

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Global Health Council Statement on President Trump’s Proposed Budget Washington, DC (March 16, 2017) — Today President Donald Trump released a proposed budget that contains close to a one-third reduction in federal funding for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). These cuts will have a significant impact on foreign assistance, which includes development…

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