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Senate opponents join forces to prevent U.S. arms sales to Saudis

Sens. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., do not see eye to eye on most issues. However, the two agree that the U.S. should not be selling arms to Saudi Arabia.

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Obama, Congressional Leaders To Discuss Zika, Government-Wide Spending; CDC Director Says…

Associated Press: CDC Director: ‘Essentially out of money’ to fight Zika “The head of the government’s fight against the Zika virus said that ‘we are now essentially out of money’ and warned that the country is ‘about to see a bunch of kids born with microcephaly’ in the coming months. Friday’s warning from Centers for…More

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Calls Increase For Congress To Reconvene During Recess To Pass Zika Funding Legislation

Forbes: Obama Tries to Budge Congressional Republican Resistance Against Zika Funding “At President Obama’s press conference on August 4, he tried to awaken Congress about its failure to pass a $1.1 billion funding bill to deal with the looming Zika pestilence…” (Tiefer, 8/4). The Hill: HHS warns: Zika vaccine funding running dry “The Obama administration…More

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Sens. Rubio, Kaine Call On Congress To Return To D.C. To Pass Zika Funding Legislation; HHS…

The Hill: Rubio calls for lawmakers to return to D.C., pass Zika funding “Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is calling for lawmakers [to] stop their seven-week summer recess to return to Washington and pass legislation to fight the Zika virus…” (Carney, 8/3). New York Times: Tim Kaine, Straddling Dual Roles, Calls for Congress to Provide Zika…More

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U.S. Health Officials Plan For Zika After Congress Adjourns Without Passing Additional Funding

The Atlantic: Congress Falls Short on Zika “…Lawmakers adjourned [last] week for a seven-week summer recess without passing additional money to fight the Zika virus. Now, federal public health officials are weighing how to stop the spread of infections with no new money coming down the pipeline — and with further budget battles near-guaranteed in…More

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House Appropriations Committee approves FY 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations…

The House Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill and associated committee report, 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…More

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Congressional Inaction On Zika, Other Global Health Security Funding Increase Risks Of Future…

Medill National Security Reporting Project/VICE News: This U.S. government program may have stopped Ebola — but never had the funding it requested “Six years ago, the scientist leading the U.S. government’s program to catch diseases before they turn into global pandemics went to Capitol Hill with a map of the world. Dr. Scott Dowell was…More

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Congressional Inaction On Zika, Other Global Health Preparedness Funding Increases Risks Of…

Medill National Security Reporting Project/VICE News: This U.S. government program may have stopped Ebola — but never had the funding it requested “Six years ago, the scientist leading the U.S. government’s program to catch diseases before they turn into global pandemics went to Capitol Hill with a map of the world. Dr. Scott Dowell was…More

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U.S. Health Officials Concerned Congress Will Not Approve Zika Funding Before Summer Recess

POLITICO: Congress will fight over guns, Zika as it sprints for recess “With just one week left before they leave for a nearly two-month summer break, lawmakers will renew their fights over gun control and Zika money — as Congress sprints to get out of town ahead of the political conventions and the height of…More

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U.S. House Subcommittee Endorses FY17 Draft Labor-HHS Funding Measure Including Increase For…

The Atlantic: Another Step Forward for National Institutes of Health Funding “Following in their Senate colleagues’ footsteps, a House subcommittee signed off on a budget increase for the National Institutes of Health Thursday. The increases for fiscal year 2017 confirm lawmakers’ public pledges to establish a pattern of improved budgets for the agency, which before…More

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U.S. Congress expected to pass Global Food Security Act

In a rare act of bipartisanship, the U.S. House of Representatives today is poised to pass the Global Food Security Act. It bolsters efforts by the U.S. to eliminate hunger and malnutrition globally by providing backing to existing programs, including the Obama administration’s Feed the Future program.

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U.S. presidential campaign in the Humanosphere #4: On the brink of a female president, finally

This is the fourth story in a running series of dispatches providing analysis on issues that come up in the U.S. presidential primaries and election that are relevant to the Humanosphere. Global poverty and inequality will get scant attention from the campaigns, but issues raised and ideas tabled during the process will have an impact

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U.S. Senate Approves $1.1B In Emergency Zika Spending; Negotiators Must Reconcile With…

CQ HealthBeat: Senate Passes Spending Bill With Funds to Fight Zika “The Senate on a 89-8 vote passed a fiscal 2017 two-bill spending measure that includes funding to fight the Zika virus. The measure (HR 2577) is made up of the Transportation-HUD (S 2844) and Military Construction-VA (S 2806) spending bills. Those are the second…More

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Opinion Pieces Urge Congress To Act On Zika Funding

USA TODAY: Step up Zika fight for Mother’s Day 2017: Column Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, professor of health policy at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School “…Zika is not a virus the U.S. can fight alone. … In our interconnected world,…More

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