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Child nutrition reauthorization.

One other issue likely to be prominent during the lame duck is child nutrition reauthorization. Child nutrition programs are due for reauthorization, but Congress adjourned for the elections without passing a reauthorization bill. The Senate's version of reauthorization is strongly opposed by anti-hunger groups and some House Democrats because it would fund its cost increases by ending the ARRA temporary boost in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits on Oct. 31, 2011. APHSA sent a letter to Congress confirming support for a strong child nutrition program, but stating opposition to the proposed cut of $2.2 billion in future SNAP benefits and almost $1.3 billion from future SNAP nutrition education funding in the bill. APHSA said its opposition to the bill's offsets was particularly strong in the wake of the cuts already made to future SNAP benefits to fund the legislation extending FMAP (Medicaid) and teacher salary payments in a state aid package passed last August. The full text of the APHSA letter is available at: www.aphsa.org/Home/Doc/Letter-Reid_reductions.pdf.

Larry Goolsby is APHSA's director of legislative affairs.

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Title Annotation:Washington update
Author:Goolsby, Larry
Publication:Policy & Practice
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2010
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