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Government Shutdown Avoided with Continuing Resolution Allowing Federal Government to Operate through November 17

October 2, 2023 – The 118th U.S. Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown over the weekend and President Biden signed a bipartisan continuing resolution that allows the federal government to operate through November 17, 2023. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges Congress to take immediate action to pass bipartisan legislation that includes adequate funding for federal programs and services that aim to improve nutrition security, ensure a safe food supply and improve health.

The continuing resolution (CR) is a step in the right direction; however, more work remains to ensure nutrition programs and services are fully funded in the budget. While the CR keeps programs and services funded at current levels, they remain at risk for cuts as lawmakers negotiate the final bills. The threat of a government shutdown still looms; Congress must come to an agreement on the appropriations package by the November 17 expiration date to avoid a shutdown.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, WIC beneficiaries would experience the impact of a shutdown almost immediately at the federal level. If a shutdown continues longer than a few weeks, other programs including SNAP, senior adult programs, and school meals might not be able to continue to operate as usual. When government funds for programs are exhausted, programs would depend on state and local funds to the extent they are available or face a decision to discontinue.

The Academy calls on Congress to approve appropriations legislation before the end of the CR to provide funding for all of government operations, including for agencies that deliver essential food, nutrition and health services, and safeguard the public from threats to food safety.

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