CAP: Republicans putting mothers, children and economy at risk by cutting WIC

August 10, 2011

Melissa Boteach of the Center for American Progress explains that among the programs at risk of losing funding in a severe budget-cutting era is WIC, the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children.

Earlier this year, the Republican-led House passed an agriculture funding bill (19 Republicans voted against the measure) for fiscal 2012 that would cut WIC by more than $650 million. Boteach points out that if the bill becomes law, it would kick between 200,000 and 350,000 women, infants and children out of the program and eliminate the much-needed domestic spending that comes from the program.

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