Advocacy Calendar

Annual Calendar

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The citizen Legislature meets annually on the second Monday in January in the ornate Capitol building in Olympia. In odd-numbered years--the budget year--the Legislature meets for 105 days, and in even-numbered years for 60 days. If necessary, the Governor can call legislators in for a special session for a 30-day period. Legislators can call themselves into special session with a two-thirds vote of the two bodies.

January through March

Federal Budget Process

  • President releases budget proposal in February
  • House and Senate hold budget hearings

State Legislature Regular Session

  • Odd years: Long session of 105 days with a focus on writing the state budget for the biennium
  • Even years: Short session of 60 days with a focus on policy

What You Can Do

  • Meet with your members who represent you in Congress and in the State Legislature and ask them to support nutrition assistance programs.
  • Respond to action alerts and forward them to your networks.
  • Write letters to the editor or op-ed pieces to educate the public about hunger and the need for protecting safety net programs in the federal and state budgets.
  • Participate in Hunger Action Day and other lobby days.
  • Speak on hunger issues at community events

April 15: Deadline for Congress to pass a budget resolution (framework for overall budget).

May through July

Federal - Appropriations Committees in both the Senate and House hold hearings to determine how much money will be allocated to each program.

State - State legislators are back in district.

What You Can Do

  • Weigh in with your Senators and Representative on the need to protect funding for federal nutrition assistance programs like SNAP, TEFAP and CSFP through phone calls and emails.


Congressional members return to districts for recess.

What You Can Do

  • Attend listening sessions to ask your Representative questions about their positions on appropriations for nutrition assistance programs.