FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations
The FY2016 Omnibus Spending Bill (summary, text) and and Tax Extenders package (summary, text) passed both the House and the Senate on December 18th, 2015.
Allocations related to the federal nutrition programs include:
- Total funding set at $80.8 billion—expected to support anticipated caseload.
- SNAP Nutrition Education funding set at $408 million—same as FY15.
Child Nutrition Programs
- $23 million for the summer EBT program, which is $11 million more than the House bill and $7 million more than the 2015 enacted level. Participation is not limited to certain communities as it was last year.
- $220 million included to help states transition to WIC EBT from paper system. This is the requested amount from USDA and will be critical support for states to meet the 2020 deadline.
- $6.350 billion for the Special Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which is expected to support the anticipated caseload. This falls short of the $6.623 billion in the President’s FY2016 proposed budget, which was the same amount appropriated last year.
- School Nutrition Standards: The omnibus maintains the language from prior appropriations legislation that allows waivers of the whole grain requirement and postpones full implementation of the sodium requirement.
- No CNR on Omnibus. Despite intense bipartisan efforts by Senate Agriculture Committee staff to attach a Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill onto the Omnibus, it is reported that at the last minute, House leadership rejected that effort. CNR is expected to be considered early next year under “regular order” with a markup in the Senate Agriculture Committee on a free-standing bill. Stay tuned!
Tax Extender Highlights
- The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) improvements have been made permanent! Thanks in large part to advocates like you, these critical refundable tax credits for low and moderate-income working families that were slated to expire in 2017 have now been made permanent. The improvements in the small-in-amount EITC for low-income, childless workers were not included.