July 8, 2015
The House – 2 Bills 2X The Threats
The House Appropriations Committee held a markup hearing today on the fiscal year 2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which contained harmful language that limits the scope and blocks the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans from fulfilling their purpose. Congressman Sam Farr (CA) introduced an amendment to rid the bill of restrictions on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) and to restore the DGA to their original intent. This amendment did not pass, and therefore the harmful language is still in the bill.
This bill, House Agriculture Appropriations, is ready to be debated on the House floor.
These harmful provisions to the DGA are also included in the House Labor/HHS Appropriations bill, that is also ready to be debated on the House floor.
Next week the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill will be debated in Committee. We have not seen language yet, but we are worried that there may be harmful language concerning the DGA. We will continue to monitor and keep you apprised.
Immediate Action Needed
We need you to continue to push your members to email their Representative using the Academy’s Action Alert to express grave concern over the provisions in the House Labor/HHS and Agriculture Appropriations bills.
Please send the following message to members immediately:
Please send your Representative an email letter urging them to support the dietary guidelines by asking them to remove language from appropriations bills that would restrict the implementation of the 2 015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This provision will be debated this week in the Appropriations Committee, so there is still time to reach out and ask your member of Congress to vote “yes” for an amendment that protects the integrity and science of the Dietary Guidelines process.
Click here to take action today. It takes only a few minutes! It is urgent that your Representative hears from you this week. Please take action today. http://grassrootsmanager.eatright.org/ActionAlert/TakeActionSinglePage.aspx?aam_GUID=3be0f3ad-b447-4104-909d-c1f8c517a2fb
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We are also asking that you be ready to activate your members, in the event there is harmful language in the Senate bill. We anticipate opening an action alert in the event that there is harmful language in the Senate bill.
To learn more about the harmful provisions in the House bills, click here. http://www.eatrightpro.org/resource/news-center/on-the-pulse-of-public-policy/from-the-hill/threats-to-the-dga
If you have questions, please let us know.
Teresa and Jennifer
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
1120 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 460
Washington, D.C. 20036