Congress Releases FY16 Omnibus
Congress released the FY 2016 Omnibus bill on December 16, 2015, which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of State, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Total known* funding for U.S. global health programs in the FY 2016 Omnibus is $9.2 billion, which is approximately $58 million (<1%) higher than the FY 2015 enacted level, and $312 million (4%) above the President’s FY 2016 Budget Request. The tables below compare U.S. global health funding in the FY 2016 Omnibus to the FY 2015 enacted levels and the President’s FY 2016 Budget Request.
Funding for most global health programs remained essentially flat compared to FY 2015 levels. However, funding for malaria, maternal & child health (MCH), and nutrition increased compared to FY 2015; the entire MCH increase was due to an increased contribution to GAVI. Total family planning & reproductive health (FP/RH) funding ($607.5 million) decreased slightly (-$2.5 million) compared to FY 2015 due to decreased funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); bilateral FP/RH funding remained flat compared to FY 2015.
It is important to note that the Global Gag Rule (Mexico City Policy), which was included in the House version of the State and Foreign Operations (SFOPs) appropriation bill, was not included in the FY 2016 Omnibus.
*Some funding amounts (e.g. NIH funding for international HIV research) are determined at the agency level, and were not earmarked by Congress in the Omnibus bill.