Fiscal Year 2022 President's Budget Released

The Office of Management and Budget has released "Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2022." The report contains the Budget Message of the President for Fiscal Year 2021, information on the President's priorities, and summary tables.

Funding updates from the fiscal year 2022 President's budget report and associated agency summary reports relevant to the lactation field include:

CDC: "Center for Disease Control and Prevention Justification of Estimates for Appropriation Committees"

  • Agency Funding:
    • $9.7B for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an increase of $1.7B from FY 2021. This request represents the largest proposed investment in the CDC in two decades. 
    • $56.9M for the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, level funding from FY 2021.
  • Program Funding:
    • $9.5M for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program, level funding from FY 2021. The Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program provides critical support to advance breastfeeding continuity of care and increase access to lactation-friendly environments in states, hospitals, and communities. Take Action!
    • $63.95M for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health program, level funding from FY 2021. The REACH program works to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities through local, culturally appropriate programs, including breastfeeding support programs.

USDA: "U.S. Department of Agriculture FY 2022 Budget Summary" and "2022 USDA Explanatory Notes-Food And Nutrition Service"

  • Agency Funding:
    • $198.1B for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a decrease of $17.4B from FY 2021.
    • $11.16M for the Food and Nutrition Service, a decrease of $9.92M from FY 2021.
  • Program Funding:
    • $6B for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), level funding from FY 2021.
    • $90M for the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program, level funding from FY 2021.

HRSA: "Health Resources Service Administration Justification of Estimates for Appropriation Committees"

  • Agency Funding:
    • $12.6B for the Health Resources and Services Administration, an increase of $496.5M from FY 2021.
    • $1.5B for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, an increase of $124.8M from FY 2021.
  • Program Funding:

SSA: "Social Security Administration budget request"

  • Agency Funding:
    • $14.4B for the Social Security Administration, an increase of $1.3B from FY 2021.
  • Program Funding:
    • $750M for a new universal paid family and medical leave program. The budget proposes to create a national comprehensive paid family and medical leave program that will phase in up to 12 weeks of paid parental, family, and personal illness/safe leave by year 10 of the program, and will provide 3 days of bereavement leave per year. The Budget estimates the program will cost $225 billion over 10 years.

FDA: "Food and Drug Administration Justification of Estimates for Appropriations Committees"

  • Agency Funding:
    • $6.5B for the Food and Drug Administration, an increase of $477M from FY 2021.
  • Program Funding:
    • $22M for the Maternal and Infant Health and Nutrition program, an increase of $18M from FY 2021. This funding would support the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition to take regulatory and other actions to address emerging issues of concern, including nutrition work specific to infants, toddlers, and pregnant and lactating women.

NICHD: "Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Congressional Justification FY 2022"

  • Agency Funding:
    • $1.9M for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, an increase of $104.2M from FY 2021. NICHD, through the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women (PRGLAC), leads efforts to develop, test, and evaluate new and existing therapeutics and devices to find safe and effective solutions to meet the unique needs of pregnant and lactating women.

OASH: "Department of Health and Human Services General Departmental Management Justification of Estimates"

  • Agency Funding:
    • $61.8M for the Office of Minority Health, level funding from FY 2021. OMH works to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.
    • $35M for the Office on Women's Health, level funding from FY 2021. OWH hosts a variety of resources to support breastfeeding families in health care, community, and workplace settings. 

DOL: "Department of Labor Budget in Brief"

  • Agency Funding:
    • $327.5M for the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, a $32.5M increase from FY 2021. WHD is responsible for enforcement of the Break Time for Nursing Mothers law.

Additional supporting materials can be found on the Office of Management and Budget President's Budget webpage. Complete HHS budget information, including agency budget justifications, can be found on the HHS budget webpage.

The next step in the federal budget process is for the House and Senate appropriations committees to complete drafting the appropriations bills. Then, Appropriations Committees will hold markups for each of the 12 annual spending bills.

USBC has submitted appropriations requests with 8 offices in the House and 4 offices in the Senate, advocating for an increase in funding for the CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program to $20M. All appropriations bills must be completed by the end of the fiscal year on September 30, or Congress will have to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded at the start of FY 2022 on October 1. Learn more about the federal budget process.

*** Individuals are encouraged to use USBC's online action tool to contact Members of Congress in support of increased FY22 funding for CDC breastfeeding support programs.***

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