Congress Reaches Agreement to Continue Funding the Government...for Now

This week, both the House and Senate voted to pass H.J. Res. 124 – a bipartisan stopgap spending measure to keep the government open through December 11, 2014. The House passed the continuing resolution by a vote of 319 to 108 on Wednesday, which the Senate then passed today by a vote of 78 to 22. This legislation is now headed to the President for his signature which would keep Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Programs funded for another two and a half months. This window creates a perfect opportunity for you to influence the process for creating longer-term support for our programs.

The measure essentially maintains funding for OAA Nutrition Programs (Congregate, Home-Delivered, and Nutrition Services Incentive Program) at Fiscal Year 2014 levels, while federal programs overall will see a slight cut of less than 1%. Given that this legislation is a short-term measure and OAA funding passes through the federal, state and local agencies, it is difficult to predict the impact this might have on funding for your individual program.

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