06/01/2018 - The Senate and House Appropriations committees have approved their Fiscal Year 2019 topline funding levels for the 12 appropriations subcommittees. With little to no increases in allocations for subcommittees with jurisdiction over the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, it will be challenging for federal nutrition programs to obtain increased investments.
Each chamber has advanced its FY 2019 agriculture spending bills out of committee; the Senate bill would provide a $225 million increase over the 2018 levels for the USDA and Food and Drug Administration, and the House bill would provide $14 million above FY 2018 levels.
The Labor-HHS spending bills are often the final spending bills to move through each chamber, since many programs are considered more politically controversial.
The Academy has submitted testimony regarding HHS funding and will continue to advocate for health and nutrition program funding.