Washington Update: Week of September 26

Washington Update

Budget & Appropriations

  • The Senate scheduled a vote on a continuing resolution (CR) for this afternoon. The House’s leadership plans to vote on a CR on Thursday. If no CR is passed by October 1, the government will shut down. (Background: Congress has until Friday – Sept. 30 – the end of fiscal year 2016, before the government runs out of money. A CR is a way to keep the government open and running beyond this date, until a full-fledged budget can be decided upon.)
  • 31 organizations signed on to Bread’s community letter to appropriators urging an increase in global nutrition funding for fiscal year 2017 (the request of the 2016 Offering of Letters) during conference negotiations later this year. The letter was sent yesterday to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.); Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.); Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.); Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY); and also Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas); Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

Criminal Justice Reform

  • Bread, in collaboration with the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, had three meetings with House Republicans on Capitol Hill. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.-1) indicated that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.-23) is actively surveying his fellow members to see if they have the votes to pass a criminal justice reform package during the lame duck session of Congress (between the election and the seating of the new Congress in January).
  • Bread is planning the best ways to push for a reform package during lame duck session.

Act Now!

Urge Congress, as it finalizes funding for next year, to support an increase in funding for international nutrition programs for mothers and children in the State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill’s global health account.

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