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Congress has adjourned for its summer recess until Sept. 6. Washington Update is produced only when Congress is in session, and so this will be the last issue until Congress returns. Before Washington Update also takes a break, we wanted to review the progress on Bread’s policy-change agenda since January.
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees passed their respective Agriculture Appropriations bills this spring. Agriculture appropriations bills fund domestic nutrition programs as well as international food-aid programs. Both FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bills fund WIC at $6.35 billion, which is level funding compared to FY 2016 and sufficient to meet caseloads for FY 2017. Both chambers also funded summer electronic benefit transfer demonstration projects, with the House providing $21 million and the Senate $23 million.
On the international side, the House provided level funding for Food for Peace (P.L. 480) and the McGovern-Dole child nutrition program. The House did not fund the Local and Regional Purchase program and included anti-food aid reform language in its committee report. The Senate provided $1.6 billion for P.L. 480, $250 million above the president’s request. The Senate also included $10 million for the Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement program authorized in the farm bill.
Neither bill has come to the House or Senate floor for a full vote.
State and Foreign Operations Appropriations
The House subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations marked up its FY 2017 appropriations bill July 6, and it passed in full committee on July 12. In total, the bill provides $52 billion in both regular discretionary and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding. This total is $595 million below the FY 2016 enacted level and $691 million below the president’s request for these programs. Within this amount, OCO funding totals $14.9 billion, equal to the FY 2016 enacted level. Despite the overall decrease, the House increased funding for Global Health (USAID) and maintained funding for nutrition and development-assistance programs.
Now that both chambers have passed their bills out of committee, we expect that the two committees will come together in the next few months to settle the differences in conference.
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