National WIC Association

Bipartisan Budget Agreement Reached

October 28, 2015

A two-year bipartisan budget agreement was reached late Monday night by leaders of the House and Senate, as well as the White House. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she hopes to bring this to a vote in the House this week. If passed, this agreement would avert a government shutdown, at least for the next two years.

We are pleased that sequestration caps on discretionary funding have been eased, and that increases in defense spending will be matched by spending increases on domestic discretionary programs. This budget agreement means WIC funding should be safe for the coming year, although we do not know specific appropriations amounts as of yet. As we learn more about what specifically this means for WIC, we will keep you updated.