H.R. 1298 - United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Wednesday, April 30, 2003.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY VOICE VOTE, on Thursday, May 1, 2003.
MANAGERS: DIAZ-BALART/HASTINGS (FL)
108th Congress
1st Session

H.R. 1298 - United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003

1. Structured rule.

2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on International Relations.

3. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on International Relations now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

4. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.

5. Provides that the amendments printed in the report shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for a division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.

6. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.

7. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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RESOLUTION

Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1298) to provide assistance to foreign countries to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, and for other purposes. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on International Relations. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on International Relations now printed in the bill. The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. No amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. Each amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. All points of order against such amendments are waived. At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted. Any Member may demand a separate vote in the House on any amendment adopted in the Committee of the Whole to the bill or to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

--------- SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER
(Summaries derived from information provided by amendment sponsor.)

1. Tauzin/Brown (OH)
Establishes priorities for the distribution of resources based on factors such as the size and demographics of specific nations to ensure that the countries hat need assistance the most receive it first. Commissions a report by the Institutes of Medicine that compares the success rates of various programs and methods used under the strategy set forth in H.R. 1298. Adds accountability measures to the funds authorized for the Global Fund. States that if at any point administrative expenses within the Global Fund exceed 10 percent of total expenditures of the Fund for any 2-year period, the U.S. shall withhold an equal amount from its contribution the following year. Requires the HIV/AIDS Coordinator to make available to Congress information on the Global Fund, including all financial and accounting statements and reports provided to the Global Fund by organizations contracted to audit recipients of funds and project proposals submitted by applicants and grantees. Encourages the Centers for Disease Control, in coordination with the Global AIDS Coordinator, to develop and implement effective strategies to improve injection safety and improve the education and information provided to the public and to health professionals. Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a study on illegal importation into the U.S. of prescription drugs donated or sold for humanitarian efforts. (20 minutes)

2. Crowley Requires that the teaching of programs to combat HIV/AIDS should involve a curriculum targeted to men and boys emphasizing gender equality and respect for women and girls. (10 minutes)

3. Biggert
Expresses the sense of Congress that the President should conduct an outreach campaign to inform the public of the existence of the Global Fund and encourage private contributions to the Global Fund by establishing and operating an Internet website and making public service announcements. (10 minutes)

4. Stearns
Requires that for every dollar paid to any individual Global Fund staffer that is over the amount of the U.S. Vice President's salary, that there be a deduction of the same amount from the next year's appropriation to the Global Fund. All funds would continue to go to HIV/AIDS programs. The President may waive the provision for national security interests. (10 minutes)

5. Ballance
Expresses the sense of Congress that African nations that object to U.S. food aid on non-scientific grounds should accept this food assistance to improve nutrition, particularly for HIV/AIDS patients in those countries. Findings include discussion of food insecurity among HIV/AIDS infected individuals, the link between malnutrition and the accelerated deterioration of HIV/AIDS patients, as well as the diminished impact of HIV/AIDS drug therapy in malnourished individuals. Makes a technical change, removing an inaccurate reference to nevirapine. (10 minutes)

6. Smith (MI)
Reconciles funding levels with the President's budget and the budget resolution. Authorizes $2 billion in fiscal year 2004, as called for by the President's budget and the budget resolution. Increases the authorization by $500 million in each subsequent year until it reaches $4 billion in fiscal year 2008. Total authorization of $15 billion over 5 years is maintained. (10 minutes)

7. Millender-McDonald
Calls for a pilot program of assistance for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS that ensures the inheritance rights of women, particularly women in African countries. Requires that the Presidential report on the pilot program include a description of activities undertaken to carry out the pilot program. Calls for an authorization of appropriations to fund the pilot program. (10 minutes)

8. McCollum
Ensures that orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS receive not less than 10 percent of the amounts appropriated for HIV/AIDS assistance for fiscal years 2006 through 2008, of which not less than 50 percent of the funding shall be channeled through non-profit, non-governmental organizations, including faith-based organizations, that implement programs at the community level. (10 minutes)

9. Jackson-Lee
Expresses the sense of Congress that U.S. agencies should encourage U.S. businesses and private groups to provide assistance to sub-Saharan African countries to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS. Funds and assistance should be coordinated through a privately funded HIV/AIDS Response Fund. (10 minutes)

10. Smith (NJ)/Hyde/Renzi
Clarification of the existing conscience protection language. Ensures that a qualified grantee is not disqualified from receiving HIV/AIDS funds because the grantee has a religious or moral objection to participating in some types of HIV/AIDS prevention or treatment. (20 minutes)

11. Pitts/Hyde
Specifies that of the amount set aside for HIV/AIDS prevention in bilateral assistance, 33% should go to abstinence-until-marriage programs. (20 minutes)

TEXT OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER (.pdf)

1. Tauzin/Brown (OH)

2. Crowley

3. Biggert

4. Stearns

5. Ballance

6. Smith (MI)

7. Millender-McDonald

8. McCollum

9. Jackson-Lee

10. Smith (NJ)/Hyde/Renzi