Following its August recess, Congress returns to Capitol Hill to address unfinished business on numerous issues important to children’s health, including federal appropriations, nutrition, education and liquid nicotine poisoning prevention.

With much at stake for children and families, the Academy will be advocating on their behalf every step of the way.

Congress must pass 12 appropriations bills by Sept. 30 to fund the federal government for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts on Oct. 1. The House and Senate have not yet been able to advance legislation that both sides of the aisle can agree on.

Before Congress left Washington for its August recess, the bills were at a standstill in both chambers. Democrats expressed that they will not allow appropriations bills to pass until Republicans agree to scale back sequestration budget cuts and raise the budget caps set by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Similarly, President Barack Obama...

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