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Sires Resolution on Providing Oversight on USAID Unanimously Passes in House Foreign Affairs Committee

Nov 5, 2015
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, H.R. 2241, the Global Health Innovation Act, introduced by Congressman Albio Sires, was successfully passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“Each year, millions of people in the developing world die of infectious diseases, malnutrition, and complications of pregnancy and childbirth. To improve the United States’ leadership in global health care, my colleague Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and I introduced legislation to promote the development of health products that are affordable, culturally appropriate, and easy to use in low-resource health systems.”

H.R. 2241, the Global Health Innovation Act, is a bill that will provide the oversight needed to gain a clearer picture of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) global health research and development. Over the years, research and development projects have greatly expanded at USAID, searching for advancements towards an HIV and AIDS free generation, preventable maternal and childhood deaths, and preventable infectious diseases.

“The Global Health Innovation Act supports a long-term program to develop much needed health technologies such as safe injection devices, rapid diagnostics for diseases, technologies for safe delivery, and other innovative health solutions. Global health research and development has expanded substantially over the years at USAID. This legislation is an effort to ensure USAID’s research and development activities reflect their goals and priorities. This report asks them to provide clarity on their goals and metrics to better understand their work.

I am proud to sponsor this legislation and grateful for the support of my colleagues in passing this bill in committee. I look forward to working with my colleagues to bring H.R. 2241 for a vote on the House Floor.”

H.R. 2241 was approved in the committee unanimously and now awaits floor action in the full House of Representatives.

Text of H.R. 2241 can be seen here.