03/23/2018 - The president signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill that funds the federal government through September 30, 2018. The 2018 federal omnibus appropriations bill will increase funding for the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture where many nutrition and health programs are administered. The bill avoids a government shutdown that would have started on March 24.
Investments in public health infrastructure and nutrition programs are critical to Americans' health and well-being and have been the focus of the Academy's advocacy efforts with Congress. The Academy's priorities fared well in the year-end spending bill and the Academy was pleased to see many nutrition and health programs receive increases in funding. The bill provides $88.1 billion for HHS and $23.2 billion in discretionary funding for USDA.
These increases were possible in large part because of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which Congress passed in February to increase the federal caps on discretionary spending. The Academy will continue to support strong investments in evidence-based nutrition and health programs as Congress begins work on the Fiscal Year 2019 spending bills.