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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY16 SFOPs, Including Amendment To Repeal ‘Global Gag Rule’

CQ News: Senate Panel Opts to Scrap ‘Global Gag Rule’ on Abortion Services
“Senate appropriators on Thursday voted to repeal a policy that essentially blocks recipients of U.S. aid from promoting or providing abortions for family planning purposes. The move to scrap the so-called global gag rule, also known as the ‘Mexico City Policy,’ was approved 17-13 with three Republicans — Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Mark S. Kirk of Illinois — voting in favor…” (Oswald, 7/9).

The Hill: Senators back repeal of ‘global gag rule’ for abortion services
“…Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) proposed the policy change as part of the … fiscal 2016 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which was approved by the full committee Thursday. Her amendment would also restore about $600 million in funding for international contraceptive services, which goes to agencies like the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which would receive $35 million…” (Ferris, 7/9).

The Hill: Senate panel advances $49 billion bill funding State Department
“The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday advanced a $49 billion bill that would fund the State Department and USAID in fiscal 2016, which begins Oct. 1. In a 27-3 vote, appropriators advanced the bill, which provides $2.8 billion less than current levels and $5 billion less than President Obama’s request…” (Shabad, 7/9).