FRAC's Agriculture Appropriations Chart:
Federal Nutrition Program Funding - Fiscal 2008-Present (pdf)
While different versions of the FY 2014 Agriculture Appropriations Bill have House and Senate Appropriations Committees, uncertainty about getting that and other annual spending bills enacted by September 30th have led to discussion of a possible CR that would continue government programs for a few weeks or for multiple months.
The House Agriculture Approps Bill funds WIC at $6.655 billion for FY 2014, $487 million less than the President’s budget request. The House Ag Approps Bill also requires WIC to meet caseload demands before releasing “set-aside” funding for the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program, MIS/EBT, and Infrastructure grants. By comparison, the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill sets WIC funding at $7.04 billion, which is expected to be enough to maintain current caseload and provide funds for set aside programs. The House Ag Approps Bill would make white potatoes part of the WIC food package, a provision that is at odds with the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) scientific based recommendations. While the House Ag Approps Bill incorporates the impact of sequestration in formulating its funding levels, the Senate Ag Approps Bill restores sequester funding cuts. See FRAC’s Appropriations chart (box at right) for more information on funding for all nutrition programs.