Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY2020 State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) Appropriations Bill

October 4, 2019

By Jenny Dyer, PhD

In May, the House of Representatives approved the FY2020 SFOPs Appropriations bill. We were thrilled then to see the leadership of the House support a modest increase to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

This past week, the Senate Appropriations Committee the approved their version of the FY2020 SFOPs Appropriations Bill ALSO, and thankfully, supporting the same increase for the Global Fund for next year as a replenishment year with two successive years following at $1.56B, the requested amount by our Faith-Based Coalition for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Moreover, with the support of our Faith-Based Coalition for Global Nutrition, the Senate increased the amount of funding to global nutrition inside the global health account to $150M for FY2020, this is above the House request.

We are so grateful to the strong leadership of the Senate for overseeing the increases to these critical accounts which go toward saving the lives of millions. We ask that you take a moment and thank your Senator today for supporting the Global Fund and global nutrition account.

Morever, we applaud the Committee’s report language on global nutrition:

Nutrition Programs .—The Committee supports investments in

program implementation research, including through cooperation

with other donor organizations, public-private partnerships, and

multilateral funding mechanisms in order to develop and adopt

best practices in nutrition interventions that enhance health outcomes.

The Committee supports effective nutrition interventions to

reduce stunting and wasting, increase breastfeeding and nutrition

supplementation for pregnant women, and treat severe malnutrition.

Funding for these State Department and USAID programs, through the Global Health Programs (GHP) account, which represents the bulk of global health assistance, totaled $9.1 billion, an increase of $279 million above the FY 2019 enacted level, $2.8 billion above the President’s FY 2020 request, and $181 million below the House FY 2020 level. (Please see Kaiser Family Foundation report for more information.)


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Jennifer Dyer