What to Expect when Congress Returns Next Week
As members of Congress return to Washington DC next Tuesday, there are two upcoming budget deadlines that NWA will be monitoring.
The deadline for both of these steps is September 29th. One possibility is that the debt ceiling and spending bills could be combined into a single legislative vehicle as a means of forging consensus. Some Congressional Republicans, specifically members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, have called for cuts in domestic discretionary funding as part of any spending bill, though leadership has indicated a focus on moving forward with a “clean” bill in a bipartisan way. These disagreements, along with President Trump’s statements that he may refuse to sign a bill that does not include funding for the border wall between the US and Mexico, may make it difficult to meet these two budget deadlines.
We are hopeful that the combination of a CR with a debt ceiling bill will increase the likelihood of passing both.
Raising Your WIC Voice during August Recess
As a reminder, members of Congress are in their home districts for one more week before returning to Washington, DC next Tuesday. You still have the opportunity to raise your voice for WIC with your Senators and Representatives while they are home! Here are some ways you can be a strong advocate for WIC while your legislators are home on recess:
Providing legislators with an inside-look into what WIC does and who WIC serves helps to emphasize how important the program is and show policymakers that WIC is worth protecting. If you are meeting with your legislators over recess, we’d love to hear about it! Please share your stories with Elisabet Eppes at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need guidance or resources before reaching out to you legislators, please see our Weekly WIC Policy Update from August 7. Thank you for raising your voice for WIC!