Budget Proposal Would Drastically Cut Funding for Programs Important to RDNs

05/26/2017 - Vital food, nutrition, and health programs and services would face severe reductions in funding under President Trump’s proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year. The Academy recently released a statement urging Congress to fully fund those programs and services, and it will continue to advocate for them.

Below is a summary of how the president’s budget proposal would affect programs that are important to Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Programs and Services that Would be Eliminated

  • Several CDC agencies and programs, including: Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (which includes the high-obesity county grants program), Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding, and Let’s Move/National Early Care Collaborative.
    • In exchange, the president’s budget proposes a $500 million block grant to the states funded from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. This represents a 41 percent decrease in overall funding, down from $850 million, from what the aforementioned programs, and other eligible programs, currently receive.
  • Maternal and child health programs that specialize in prevention and treatment and screening would be eliminated for a savings of $103 million. 
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Community Services Block Grant.

Programs and Services that Would Receive Funding Reductions

  • CDC funding for chronic disease prevention and health promotion activities: Over a $200 million reduction, an 18 percent decrease.
  • FDA’s food safety: $117 million reduction, an 8 percent decrease in funding.
  • National Institutes of Health: $7.2 billion reduction, a 21 percent decrease in funding. Also reorganizes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality within NIH.
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program education: $3 million reduction, a 38 percent decrease.
  • Older American Act nutrition programs: Funding decreases by 1 percent, which is below authorized amount.

Programs and Services that Would Receive Funding Increases

  • Child Health Block Grant: $30 million more in funding, about a 4 percent increase, resulting in $667 million total funding.
  • Healthy Start Program: by $10 million, a 7 percent increase in funding, resulting in $128 million total funding.

Programs and Services that Would Receive Level Funding

  • CDC’s food safety program would receive $52 million.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Programs and Services that Would Receive Funding Reductions

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: $193 billion reduction over the next 10 years, a 25 percent decrease in funding.
    • The budget proposes to require states cover, on average, 25 percent of SNAP benefits, phased in between 2020 and 2023, limits the SNAP benefit and eligibility, limits the use of waivers that exempt able-bodied adults without dependents from work requirements, and establishes a new certification fee for SNAP retailers based on size.
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children: $188 million reduction (from $6.35 billion to $6.15 billion) and eliminates $1 billion in carryover amounts from prior years. This would meet caseload.
  • Economic Research Service: $8 million reduction, a 9 percent decrease in funding, from $85 million to $77 million. 

Programs and Services that Would be Eliminated

  • Two Human Nutrition Research Centers: Tufts and Baylor.
  • School kitchen equipment grants.
  • The Farmers Market Nutrition Program.
  • Specialty Crop Block Grants. 

Other Agencies

Many safety net programs such as Medicaid (the budget proposes block granting), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Social Security disability insurance, and the child tax credit and earned income tax credit are significantly reduced.

Visit the Academy’s Advocacy section to learn more about the government’s budget proposal and approval process.