Legislative Action Center

Download FRAC’s Legislative Resources

Why Congress Must Protect and Strengthen SNAP (pdf)

Budget and Appropriations Priorities FY2017 (pdf)

Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR):

Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2016 (pdf)

How it Works – Expansion of Direct Certification with Medicaid: How States Can Certify More Children For Free and Reduced-Price School Meals and Reduce Paperwork Burdens on Schools and Families (pdf)

Call to Congress – President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget Proposes Important Expansion of Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (pdf)

New Studies Continue to Report that Parents, Students, Schools, and Health Research Support the New Federal School Nutrition Standards (pdf)

Take Action

Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR)

Sign-on to letter opposing House CNR bill by clicking here (organizations only). Join hundreds of national, state, and local organizations and become a part of a nationwide campaign to oppose the bill. Signatories will be shared with Members of Congress to demonstrate the widespread opposition to the bill as it moves forward in the reauthorization process. The potential timing is in the May work period by the House Education and Workforce Committee (Committee “mark up”) and possibly to the House floor later this Spring.  

Urge your Members of Congress to weigh in with Chairman Kline and Subcommittee Chairman Rokita with their opposition to the House CNR bill (H.R. 5003) (pdf), which contains a slew of damaging provisions, such as shrinking community eligibility, inappropriately increased verification, dilution of nutrition standards, and inadequate investments in summer food and child care food. See FRAC’s statement on the bill and full analysis. Follow this link to send an email to your Member asking him/her to oppose the bill. Tailor our sample letter with signatures from state and local partners to send to your Member’s office.

Share the FRAC/CBPP community eligibility report (pdf) with your Senators and Members. The House draft Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill would weaken community eligibility. This report demonstrates the effectiveness of the program. Additional resources include a searchable database for eligible and participating community eligibility schools, and maps. Also see FRAC Facts – Community Eligibility: Less Red Tape and Stronger School Nutrition Programs (pdf).

Other Actions to Take

Tweet @ Your Members of Congress! Use this document to help find their twitter handles.

Sample Tweet of the Week:
Click to tweet – We join @fractweets @CSPI @pewtrusts and hundreds of other orgs opposing House #CNR2016 bill- join us! http://bit.ly/243KAOC

Urge your Members of Congress to reject any proposals to add an annual balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the U.S. Constitution. See sample tweet of the week. For more information, visit the Budget & Appropriations page.

Urge your Members of Congress to vote no on draconian FY2017 House Budget Resolution. For sample tweets and to read FRAC’s statement about the resolution, click here.

SNAP Priority Asks: Contact Members of Congress 1) thank those who signed on to DeLauro/Adams letter (pdf) opposing efforts to weaken SNAP’s structure or benefits and instead 2) ask them to cosponsor bills to raise SNAP benefit levels (H.R. 3657) and to ameliorate the harsh SNAP time limits on certain jobless adults (S. 2420 and H.R. 1025).  For more information on these bills, see the Bills We’re Watching page.

Individuals: Sign our petition telling Congress you want an end to hunger in America, not ill-considered budget proposals that would cut SNAP and – as a result — increase hunger.

On the Hill

The House Education and Workforce Committee releases CNR bill (H.R. 5003) – see FRAC’s statement opposing the bill and full analysis.

FRAC releases statement on FY2017 House Budget Resolution: House Budget Committee Resolution Would Block Grant and Cut SNAP, Making Hunger in America Far Worse

Reps. DeLauro (D-CT) and Adams (D-NC) are circulating a Dear Colleague letter (pdf) to House leadership outlining SNAP Program strengths and warning against changes to program that weaken its effectiveness.

About the FRAC Action Council

The FRAC Action Council is the 501(c)(4) arm of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).