7/09/2009- House Passes FY 2010 Funding Bill for Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration
For Immediate Release Contact: Erica Daughtrey
July 9, 2009 201-222-2828Funding included for key women’s and children’s health programs
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sires supported H.R. 2997, the fiscal year 2010 Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration Appropriations bill, which passed the House by a vote of 266 to 160. The bill makes a number of key investments to protect public health and aid low income households: $3 billion for the Food and Drug Administration, $7.5 billion for Nutrition for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program and $180 million for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
“I am very pleased that the Commodity Supplemental Food Program was expanded to include New Jersey,” said Congressman Sires. “The $180 million included in the bill is critical to providing nutritious food to low-income women, infants, children and elderly during this period of economic stress and will help bring relief to families struggling with rising food costs.”
Funding for H.R. 2997 totals $22.9 billion and also includes $7.5 billion in needed funding for the WIC program, which helps provide proper funding and nutrition to mothers and their children. The bill also features $125 million for program improvements including fruit and vegetable vouchers and expanding nutrition education programs for mothers.
H.R. 2997 now awaits Senate action.