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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Amended PEPFAR Stewardship And Oversight Act

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday night passed by voice vote an amended version of the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act, introduced last week by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the committee’s ranking member, the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports. The amended version included, among other things, additional reporting requirements on TB/HIV co-infection and health workforce training, according to the blog. “The committee’s action Monday night coincided with the official end date of the Lantos Hyde Act, which reauthorized [PEPFAR] for five years in 2008,” the blog notes. In the House, Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), joined by Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), “last week introduced an identical bill to the one originally introduced in the Senate committee,” the blog adds (Barton, 10/1).