Congress returning to Washington with full legislative agenda
DevinMiller, Washington Correspondent
After Labor Day, federal legislators will return to the nation’s capital for a few
weeks before adjourning in October for the final campaign push before the elections.
During that short but critical time period, the Academy will be advocating for congressional
action on several child health priorities that were left unfinished before the August
recess. These priorities include:
Zika funding: Members ofCongress left Washington without passing a funding package to combat Zika virus. Upon
their return to Capitol Hill, the Academy will continue to urge legislators to pass
a strong Zika funding response that does not divert funds from other health programs
or include harmful riders.
Child nutrition reauthorization: Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and ranking member Debbie
Stabenow (D-Mich.) are aiming to bring the bipartisan Child Nutrition Integrity and
Access Act of 2016 (S. 3136), which reauthorizes federal child nutrition programs,
up for consideration in the full Senate.
Appropriations: Congress has until Sept. 30 to pass a spending measure for fiscal year 2017. Before
then, the House and Senate will need to agree on an omnibus spending package or decide
to pass a continuing resolution, a short-term spending agreement to avoid a federal
Child welfare legislation: The House passed the Family First Prevention Services Act, a comprehensive, bipartisan
effort to strengthen the child welfare system. The Academy is urging the Senate to
pass the legislation as written without delay.
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