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December 11, 2014

How Family Planning Fared in the Cromnibus

Pending final approval of a massive $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund most of the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2015, family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) advocates appear to be on the verge achieving a … Continue reading »

November 13, 2014

The Votes Are In: Tough Road Ahead for International Family Planning & Reproductive Health

For supporters of the U.S. government’s international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) program, last week’s mid-term congressional elections turned out even worse than most observers had anticipated, particularly in the Senate. For the first time, FP/RH advocates may not … Continue reading »

June 24, 2014

House Bill Still a Family Planning Fixer-Upper, But One Important Repair Made for Peace Corps Volunteers

  Earlier this afternoon, the House Appropriations Committee approved an FY 2015 State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill that funds the international affairs budget, including funding for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs. The bill was adopted … Continue reading »

June 20, 2014

Good News & Bad News on Family Planning and Reproductive Health Appropriations

This was a busy week for House and Senate appropriators on the FY 2015 State Department and foreign operations appropriations bills, with widely different results for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) funding and policy. First, the good news. … Continue reading »

April 21, 2014

Worth the Wait: President’s FY 2015 Budget Request for Family Planning and Reproductive Health

  Late in the day on Friday, the Obama Administration released their complete budget request for foreign assistance for fiscal year 2015, including for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs. Although arriving six weeks after the initial release … Continue reading »

January 23, 2014

The Song Remains the Same—Status Quo for Family Planning Funding and Policy in FY 2014 Omnibus

After a three-month delay, Congress passed and the President signed on January 17th a trillion dollar omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 3547 ) to fund the federal government during fiscal year 2014. In what passes for good news these days, funding … Continue reading »

December 19, 2013

Endgame Negotiations Set to Commence—How Will Family Planning Fare in FY 2014?

While it is too early to tell what the specific implications may be for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) funding and policy, yesterday’s Senate passage of a two-year, bipartisan budget agreement (H.J. Res. 59) sets the stage for … Continue reading »

July 26, 2013

Senate Appropriators Shame House Counterparts on Family Planning

July 26, 2013 Senate Appropriators Shame House Counterparts on Family Planning After Wednesday’s disappointing House committee markup of the FY 2014 State Department and foreign operations bill, women’s health advocates enthusiastically applaud the actions of the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday … Continue reading »

July 24, 2013

For House GOP Appropriators, It’s Deja Vu All Over Again on Family Planning

Earlier this afternoon, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee voted to approve a bill that includes dangerous cuts to international family planning and destructive policy “riders.” The legislation is virtually identical to last year’s House bill in its hostile funding and … Continue reading »

April 11, 2013

President’s Budget Prioritizes International Family Planning

April 10, 2013 President’s Budget Request Continues to Prioritize Family Planning and Reproductive Health President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget request for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) proposes an important increase above the funding level just approved by … Continue reading »