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Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill on June 29, 2016, which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health (total funding for global health is not currently known as some funding provided through USAID, HHS, and DoD is not yet available).

A press release from the committee states that funding in the bill for global health would total $8.67 billion, which is $89 million (1%) above the President’s request and $162 million (2%) above the FY 2016 enacted level, but $252 million below (-3%) the House SFOPs appropriations bill .

Funding for bilateral HIV programs as part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) matches the President’s request as does funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), maternal and child health (MCH), family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), global health security, and malaria (although, the Senate bill does not provide authorization to transfer emergency Ebola funding to malaria programs as was included in the President’s request). Funding for tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), nutrition, and vulnerable children would increase compared to the President’s request.

The tables below compare U.S. global health funding in the FY 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill to the FY 2016 enacted levels and the President’s FY 2017 Budget Request.

FY17 Senate SFOPs