H.J.Res. 75: Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act

H.J.Res. 75

Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act

Date
October 4, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Friday, October 4, 2013, the House will consider H.J.Res. 75, the Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act, under a rule.  H.J.Res. 75 was introduced on October 3, 2013 by Representative Robert Adherholt (R-AL), Chairman, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Appropriations.  

Bill Summary

H.J.Res. 75 provides immediate funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program at the same rate and under the same conditions as in effect at the end of the just completed fiscal year. Funds are available until another appropriations bill (such as regular bill or CR) is enacted for these operations or December 15, 2013.

Background

Funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is included in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The WIC program, administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, provides supplemental nutritional foods needed by pregnant and nursing mothers, and babies and young children.[1] According to recent news reports, more than 8.9 million moms and children rely on some aspect of WIC.[2]  On October 1, 2013, a lapse in federal funding resulted in a federal government shut down, including the WIC program that receives approximately $6.9 billion in discretionary funding annually.[3] 

Cost

CBO reported that enacting H.J.Res. 75 would result in a budget authority of $6.52 billion