Congressional Budget Office Releases Cost Estimate on Senate Bill

2016-03-22

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its cost estimate for the Senate bill, ”Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016.” According to the CBO summary, the legislation would make changes to child nutrition programs—primarily the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). It also would reauthorize through 2020 the SFSP and funding for state administration of child nutrition programs. CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would increase the federal budget deficit by $1.1 billion over the 2016-2025 period.

Because enacting the legislation would affect direct spending and revenues, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Implementing the legislation also would affect spending subject to appropriation, in particular for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. However, CBO has not yet completed an estimate of the discretionary spending effects of the bill. You can review further details of the report on the CBO website. As you may be aware, we are awaiting the release of a House version of a Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill.

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