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By Annie Toro
This Wednesday, May 9th, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs (SFOPs) marked up its Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 bill. The mark up set a strong bipartisan commitment to global health but divisive policy riders could potentially diminish this important support.
Subcommittee Chairwoman Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) said in a release, “This is a tough, effective national security bill that continues to cut spending, reform our aid programs, and demand accountability from our partners and allies.”
The bill allocates $8.02 billion for global health programs – reduced from the enacted $8.16 billion in FY 2012, though higher than the President’s FY13 request. This is in sharp contrast from last year when the House Subcommittee markup for FY12 proposed to reduce funding for global health by nine percent.
For the State Department and USAID, the bill proposes cuts across the board, including steep cuts to programs that focus on multilateral institution building.
Controversial provisions on the legislation include:
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– Reinstating the Mexico City Policy (also known as the “Global Gag Rule”)
– Prohibiting funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
– No funding for needle exchange programs