National WIC Association

Weekly WIC Policy Update

August 13, 2018

Both houses of Congress adjourned for the summer recess last week. The House is expected to remain in recess until after Labor Day, but the Senate is back in session this week to make progress on various judicial nominations and appropriations bills before the midterm elections in November.

Now is one of the best times to engage with your member of Congress! Contact the offices for your representative and senators to learn about district visits and events in your area. It is important for members of Congress to understand all that WIC does to improve quality of life for their constituents because that knowledge will inform their willingness to support, fund, and promote the program in the future.

Note: Attending a constituent event and sharing the broad, positive impacts of WIC in a local community is not lobbying. Lobbying requires that you ask a legislator to take a specific position on a piece of legislation. Remember the simple rule: Bragging beats begging.