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Nutrition Funding and Strategy

What legislation can you communicate with Congress about?

  1. Funding for Nutrition Programs in Fiscal Year 2015 (Senate and House): Members of Congress are currently considering funding levels for the upcoming fiscal year that will have major consequences for hungry and poor people, including mothers and children. To advocate for the protection and continued support of global health programs, including nutrition-specific interventions, we have to make our voices heard in Congress in all upcoming budget and funding negotiations.
    • Ask members of Congress to enact a funding level within the Global Health account of at least $200 million for nutrition-specific interventions that target women and children in the 1,000-day window for fiscal year 2015.
  2. Nutrition Strategy: House Resolution 254 and Congressional Letter to President Obama (House only)
    • Ask your representative to cosponsor House Resolution 254.
      • H. Res. 254 is a bipartisan resolution that seeks to recognize the importance of the Scaling Up Nutrition movement and the 1,000 Days partnership. Additionally, it calls on the U.S. government and relevant federal agencies to develop a nutrition strategy to further ongoing coordination efforts across various U.S. government global nutrition programs.
      • Currently, H. Res. 254 has 53 cosponsors, but it needs to garner additional congressional cosponsors, especially among Republican members.
      • Support of this resolution will help bolster our request for nutrition funding through the annual budget and appropriations process.
    • Ask your member in the House of Representatives to sign the bipartisan nutrition strategy letter being circulated by Reps. Adam Smith and Ander Crenshaw to President Obama (House only)
      • This letter expresses support for USAID’s Global Nutrition Strategy
      • This letter requests clarity on a few key issues related to:
        • Completing the new USAID and interagency strategies on global nutrition in coordination with the development of the FY 2015 and FY 2016 budget requests;
        • Providing a more detailed explanation of the nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programmatic funding by the U.S. government; and
        • Outlining global and country-specific nutrition intervention goals for reducing stunting.
    • Ask your senators to consider sending a letter to President Obama in support of USAID’s nutrition strategy, similar to the letter being circulated in the House of Representatives. (Senate only)

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