Budget and Appropriations

Each year, Congress and the Administration must go through the budget and appropriations process to determine the spending levels for each of the federal government’s departments, agencies and programs.

In this process, FRAC’s top legislative priority is protecting and expanding the federal nutrition programs and other key supports for low-income and vulnerable people. Significant actions in both the budget and appropriations debate occur throughout the year, so it’s crucial to stay involved and urge your Members to support federal nutrition programs.

This section will give you more information about the budget and appropriations process, analysis of key budget and appropriations proposals, and how you can get involved in protecting and expanding our nation’s nutrition safety net.

Congress is currently considering proposals to limit spending and reduce the deficit. Some of the proposals would lock in distorted budget priorities and seriously impede programs like SNAP/Food Stamps from providing critical support to low-income and vulnerable people.

Currently on the Hill….

The Senate Budget Conferees are Republican Senators Michael B. Enzi (WY), Charles E. Grassley (IA), Jeff Sessions (AL), Michael D. Crapo (ID), Lindsey Graham (SC), Rob Portman (OH), Patrick J. Toomey (PA), Ron Johnson (WI), Kelly Ayotte (NH), John McCain (AZ), Roger Wicker (MS), Bob Corker (TN) and David Perdue (GA); and Democratic Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VA), Patty Murray (WA), Ron Wyden (OR), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Mark Warner (VA), Jeff Merkley (OR) and Tammy Baldwin (WI).

House Budget Conferees include Republican Representatives Tom Price, M.D. (GA), Todd Rokita (IN), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL), Diane Black (TN), and John Moolenaar (MI); and Democratic Representatives Chris Van Hollen (MD), John Yarmuth (KY) and Gwen Moore (WI).

FRAC sent a letter to Budget Conferees (pdf) urging them to reject any budget that further cuts SNAP or makes any structural changes to the program.