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….

FRAC Statement on Budget Deal – October 29, 2015
The bipartisan budget deal hammered out this week by the White House and Congressional leaders – while falling short of what the nation’s struggling households need from their government – will provide welcome stability to the budget and appropriations process for the remainder of this year and into 2017. It provides a path for Congress to reduce fiscal brinkmanship and to begin to focus on the real issues at hand. More…