WASHINGTON – The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition President and CEO, Liz Schrayer, released the following statement on the confirmation of Ambassador Mark Green to be the next Administrator of USAID.
The Senate confirms Mark Green to be the Administrator of USAID by unanimous consent.
Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Coons (D-DE), along with eight additional original co-sponsors, introduce the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (S. 1730). The bill would establish a strategy to combat preventable newborn, child, and maternal deaths and require a report on the implementation of the strategy. It would also designate a Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator at USAID.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s President and CEO Liz Schrayer released the following statement on the guidance released by the Senate Appropriations Committee for the FY18 State-Foreign Operations spending bill.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY18 302(b) allocations and its FY18 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The Committee announces $51.2 billion in topline spending for its FY18 State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) bill. The $51.2 billion is split between $30.4 billion in base and $20.8 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding.
The Agriculture spending bill provides $1.6 billion for the Food for Peace (PL 480/international food assistance) program. It funds the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition program at $206.6 million, $4.6 million (2%) more than the House and the FY17 enacted level.
The House Budget Committee approves its FY18 Budget Resolution on a largely party-line vote of 22-14. The resolution sets out $511 billion for non-defense discretionary spending, which is about $5 billion below the Budget Control Act (BCA) cap for FY18. It provides $48.3 billion for the International Affairs Budget, including $36.3 billion in base and $12 billion in OCO funding.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), along with Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), introduce the Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act (S. 1580). The bill seeks to improve the transparency, coordination, and intensify the impact of assistance to support access to primary and secondary education for displaced children and persons, including women and girls.