This week USAID Administrator Gayle Smith appeared before several Congressional Committees on the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget for USAID. Appearing before the House Committee on Foreign Relations and both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on State and Foreign Operations, Administrator Smith testified how the budget request for global health helps USAID to achieve its three main goals: ending preventable maternal and child deaths, protecting communities from infectious diseases, and achieving an AIDS-free generation. The House Appropriations Subcommittees plan to begin markup of appropriations bills next week.

Also this week, the House released a budget resolution, which serves as a blueprint for the appropriations process. The FY17 budget resolution includes language on medical innovation (page 125-127) and public health preparedness (page 127-130) to ensure the United States is prepared to respond effectively and efficiently to potential public health threats.