The fiscal year 2023 appropriations process is underway. The Senate Committee on Appropriations released this year's appropriations bills and associated reports.
The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill includes $9.93 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program. This is $180 thousand above the House bill, but it isn't enough.
We need to do everything we can to protect infant nutrition security. Increasing funding for this line item is an urgent and important step. We hope you'll join us in the call for increased funding via our easy action tool for individuals, and with our organizational sign-on letter.
The Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding line item is the top policy priority for the USBC, but it certainly isn't the only provision that impacts infant feeding. Funding relevant to the lactation field is included in several appropriations bills.
A detailed analysis of funded provisions in these bills can be found on the Federal Appropriations for Breastfeeding webpage, including funding for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health program, WIC breastfeeding peer counselor program, and beyond. The webpage traces program funding levels at each step in the federal budget process.
The Senate appropriations bills and associated reports also include several unfunded directives:
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Bill Report:
What's next for the federal budget process?
Once the House and Senate have each passed their 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 fiscal year on September 30, or Congress will have to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government funded at the start of FY 2023 on October 1.
The USBC will continue to mobilize support for funding that helps human milk feeding families and will be sure to keep you updated at all stages of the federal budget process. We are so grateful for your partnership, engagement, and support. Thank you!
~ the USBC team
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