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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Updates from Washington

Federal Budget: Wednesday, September 30, Congress voted on a short-term spending bill (CR) to keep the government funded through December 11, 2015. All federal nutrition programs will continue to operate as usual through December 11, 2015. There should be no interruption in SNAP benefits and all commodity (USDA), child nutrition, and seniors programs will continue operating under current law. Additionally, the CR included a provision that should allow SNAP benefits to be funded through the entire month of January. This should hopefully remove the prospect of delayed benefits should a timely agreement to fund the government beyond December 11, 2015, not be reached and provide a cushion to ensure SNAP benefits can continue to be paid if a shutdown occurs at that point.


Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Unfortunately, Congress was not able to reauthorize the Child Nutrition bill before the deadline of September 30. The programs will continue to operate under current law, however, it is critical that Congress completes the reauthorization bill as soon as possible.