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...from the publication: Eat Right Weekly - October 16

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Government Shutdown Remains in Effect, Debt Ceiling Deadline Looms

The shutdown of the federal government is now in its third week. This shutdown continues to have a dramatic impact on Academy members - from those working for the Veterans Administration hospital system to those helping vulnerable pregnant women get the nutrition they need through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Congress is beginning to shift its focus to raising the debt ceiling before the deadline of October 17.

The debt ceiling, or debt limit, is the amount of money that the U.S. is allowed to borrow. Raising the debt ceiling does not give Congress a license to spend more money, but allows the U.S. Treasury to pay the bills that Congress has already run up this year. To avoid defaulting on our federal debt (which could severely hurt our economy), Congress must pass a bill that raises our nation's debt limit by October 17.

The Academy is in close touch with our contacts on Capitol Hill to determine what we can expect in the next few weeks. It remains unclear whether the federal budget (and the associated government shutdown) and the debt ceiling debates will be rolled into a single bill or will be handled separately. Also uncertain is whether Congress will opt for a "short term" fix to reopen the government and buy time in which to negotiate a broader deal that addresses deficit reduction, or whether Congress will attempt to pass a full, one-year budget resolution. The effect these debates will have on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (health reform) also remains unclear. The Academy will continue to monitor the situation and keep members informed.

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