Fiscal Year 2022 Senate Appropriations Analysis

The Senate Appropriations Committee released the remaining Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Bills

Several of these bills include provisions that impact infant feeding, summarized below.


Connection to Infant Feeding

FY2021 Enacted

FY2022 President's Budget

FY2022 House Bill

FY2022 Senate Bill

FY2022 Enacted

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, 2022

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The EEOC is responsible for enforcement of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, including lactation.








 Financial Services and General Government

Authorization to breastfeed on Federal property


A woman may breastfeed her child at any location in a Federal building or on Federal property, if the woman and her child are otherwise authorized to be present at the location. This provision has been in effect since 1999.


Unfunded Directive

Homeland Security

Urging lactation support as part of emergency response 

The Committee urges the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that those impacted by disasters have access to breastfeeding services and supplies through its Critical Needs Assistance, Other Needs Assistance, and other programs. In the aftermath of a disaster, FEMA is urged to support families with young children by giving them priority consideration for access to a shelter.


Unfunded Directive

Discouraging the detention or arrest of pregnant, postpartum, and lactating women

The Committee supports the national policy discouraging the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain pregnant, postpartum, and lactating women, absent exceptional circumstances. The Committee continues the requirement to provide semiannual reports on the total number of pregnant, postpartum, or lactating women in ICE custody.


Unfunded Directive

Prohibiting funds for restraining pregnant detainees

The bill includes a provision prohibiting the use of funds to use restraints on pregnant detainees in ICE custody, except in certain circumstances.


Unfunded Directive

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in Indian Country

The Indian Health Service maternal health initiative works to reduce pregnancy-related deaths among Native American women and improve maternal health outcomes, including through lactation support.









Relevant Fiscal Year 2022 Senate appropriations bills and associated reports can be accessed at the following links:

The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill also contains many provisions that impact infant feeding. Read the USBC analysis of the Senate Labor-HHS appropriations bill and Senate Agriculture appropriations bill.

Next steps: Once both the House and Senate have passed all 12 appropriations bills, they must be "conferenced" to work out any differences between the two versions. House-Senate conference committees make final determinations and prepare a Conference Report. The Conference Report is then passed by the House and the Senate and sent to the President to be signed.

All appropriations bills must be completed by the end of the continuing resolution on December 3, or Congress will have to pass another continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded. Learn more about the federal budget process.


*** There's still time to join USBC in urging policymakers to invest in breastfeeding in Fiscal Year 2022 ***

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.

Organizations are encouraged to sign on to the joint letter to members of Congress.

Subscribe to the Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire e-Newsletter to receive updates and action alerts, including organizational action opportunities related to FY22 funding.

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