House committee prohibits funding UNFPA, countries hosting Sudanese president

Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, sits for an interview with the U.N.’s news center, radio and television services. Photo by: Paulo Filgueiras / United Nations

Apart from reductions in foreign operations programs, the House Appropriations Committee adopted measures that restrict funding to U.N. agencies, nongovernmental organizations and several countries.

The committee approved May 17 the House 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which proposes cuts of up to $2 billion in the U.S. budget for foreign aid. The bill shows a decrease in funding for the operations of the U.S. Agency for International Development as well as the State Department and related agencies.

The committee also adopted several policy provisions, including increasing aid conditions and prohibiting funding to the U.N. Population Fund and NGOs that perform abortions.

Democrat Rep. Nita Lowey of New York offered to make amendments to the anti-abortion provision in the bill, saying it will leave millions of women without access to lifesaving services, putting their lives at risk. She failed with a vote of 23-27, Common Dreams reports.

The committee also adopted an amendment put forward by Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia. The amendment prohibits funding to countries that allow entry to Sudanese President Omar Bashir.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.