Child Nutrition

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Early Childhood

S. 2501 – Access to Healthy Foods for Young Children Act of 2019

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What it does:

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced on September 18, 2019.

S. 2358 – Wise Investment in Children Act of 2019 (WIC Act)

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What it does:

  • Permits states to extend child eligibility for WIC to age six or the beginning of kindergarten and postpartum women’s eligibility to two years.
  • Extends infant certification periods to two years.

Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced on July 31, 2019.

H.R. 3117 – Community Access, Resources, and Education for Families Act (CARE for Families Act)

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What it does:

Creates a grant program for local WIC agencies and clinics for community partnership work aimed at:

  • Increasing the involvement of WIC staff in the community.
  • Improving health outcomes by better connecting WIC to other community health providers, like OB/GYNS, advance practice nurses, and pediatricians.
  • Facilitating referrals between WIC and health care providers.
  • Improving the coordination, quality, and cost effectiveness of health care services.

Reps. Alma Adams (D-NC), Lauren Underwood (D-IL), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced on July 5, 2019.

School-Based

S. 1907 / H.R. 3366 – No Shame at School Act

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What it does:

  • Prohibits schools from taking any action that stigmatizes or shames students who cannot pay their meal fees.
  • Requires school districts to certify students who are categorically eligible (such as students who are homeless or in foster care) for free school meals and take steps to determine if children whose households are accruing school meal debt are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.
  • Allows school districts to claim free and reduced-price school meals retroactively for students who are certified to receive them during the school year.

Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced on June 19, 2019.

Out-of-School Time

S. 1908 / H.R. 2818 – Summer Meals Act of 2019

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What it does:

  • Improves the area eligibility test by lowering it from 50 percent to 40 percent to allow more low-income communities to provide summer meals.
  • Allows nonprofit and local government agencies to provide meals year-round through the Summer Food Service Program.
  • Allows all sites to serve three meals.
  • Provides grant funding to support efforts to reach underserved areas.
  • S. 1908 includes an additional provision to support meal service in disaster situations.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Reps. Don Young (R-AK), Rick Larsen (D-WA) introduced on June 19, 2019.

S. 1941 / H.R. 3378 – Stop Child Summer Hunger Act

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What it does:

  • Provides families who have children eligible for free and reduced-price school meals with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card to help them obtain nutrition during the summer.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) introduced on June 20, 2019.


SNAP

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H.R. 1368 – Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2019

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What it does:

  • Increases benefits for all SNAP participants by basing benefits on the Low Cost Meal Plan instead of the Thrifty Food Plan.
  • Increases SNAP benefits for families with children with high shelter costs by removing the cap on the SNAP shelter deduction.
  • Raises the SNAP monthly minimum benefit to $25.
  • Authorizes a SNAP Standard Excess Medical Deduction for persons who are elderly or have disabilities (with a minimum standard of $140).

Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) introduced on February 26, 2019.

H.R. 2809  – Improving Access to Nutrition Act of 2019

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What it does:

  • Lifts SNAP’s arbitrary three-month time limit and ensure that all people have access to nutrition assistance and stay healthy while seeking full-time work.
  • Note: Under current law, certain adults aged 18-49 without dependents are subject to an arbitrary three-month time limit of SNAP benefits unless they document 80 work hours a month.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced on May 16, 2019.


College Hunger

H.R. 4297 – Enhance Access To SNAP Act (Eats Act) of 2019

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What it does:

  • Helps level SNAP access for low-income college students.

Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-DA) introduced on September 12, 2019.

S. 2110/H.R. 3718 – Closing the College Hunger Gap Act

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What it does:

  • Collects data on food and housing insecurity on college campuses.
  • Connects eligible students with nutrition programs such as SNAP.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced on July 15, 2019, and Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT) introduced on July 11, 2019.

S. 2143/H.R. 3809 – College Student Hunger Act of 2019

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What it does:

  • Enables more low-income college students to access SNAP.
  • Urges governments and academic institutions to take a proactive role in addressing college student food insecurity.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced on July 17, 2019, and Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL) introduced on July 17, 2019.

H.R. 3734 – Supporting Transparency to Overcome Poverty (STOP) and Campus Hunger Act

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What it does:

  • Requires the U.S. Department of Education and higher learning institutions to better coordinate the sharing of information about SNAP, WIC, and on-campus food assistance.

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced on July 12, 2019.


Wage and Tax Policy

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S. 150 / H.R. 582 – Raise the Wage Act

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What it does:

  • Raises the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024. Note: The current minimum has been at $7.25 since 2009.
  • Phases out employers’ ability to pay sub-minimum wages to tipped workers, workers with disabilities, and teenagers.

Sen. Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced On January 16, 2019. Passed in the House on July 17, 2019.

S. 1138 / H.R. 3157 – Working Families Tax Relief Act (A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the earned income and child tax credits, and for other purposes)

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What it does:

  • Substantially expands the earned Earned income Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.
  • Bolsters the economic security of 46 million households.

Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced S. 1138 on April 10, 2019. Reps. Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Dwight Evans (D-PA) introduced H.R. 3157 on June 6, 2019.


Immigration Policy

H.R. 3222 – No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act of 2019

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What it does:

  • Provides that no Federal funds may be used to carry out the proposed rule of the Department of Homeland Security entitled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds.”

Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) introduced on June 18, 2019.


Budget/Appropriations

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H.R. 3055 – Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020

Passed in the House on June 25, 2019.

What it does:

  • Provides FY2020 appropriations for several federal departments and agencies.
  • Includes 5 of the 12 regular FY2020 appropriations bills, including agriculture.

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) introduced on June 3, 2019.

H.R. 3164 – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020

What it does:

  • Provides FY2020 appropriations for the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies.
  • Provides appropriations to USDA for Food, Nutrition and Agricultural Programs.
  • In Food and Nutrition Service budget, includes appropriations for Child Nutrition Programs; Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Commodity Assistance Program; and Nutrition Programs Administration.
  • Note: included in H.R.3055 omnibus bill.

Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) introduced on June 6, 2019.