GOP To Cut WIC
June 15, 2011 by USA Post
GOP To Cut WIC, Today, the Republican-controlled House will begin another attack in programs designed to help low-income and middle-class families. The Republican Party literally want to take the food from the mouths of children, and cutting 47 billion – or 10 percent – of the national programs, to pay the costs of defense. In negotiations for a compromise debt ceiling, Republicans have held that defense cuts “in the table,” although Pentagon spending is notoriously bloated and Defense Secretary Gates and other senior generals have admitted spending should be reduced:
But the camera-dominated Republican Party quickly resumed its budget slashing ways as it begins debate Tuesday on food and farm spending bill that cuts in aid for low income pregnant women and their children and a bar code of the program in foreign food aid by about a third less funding this year.
At the same time, the Appropriations Committee is set to approve a 649 billion and increases slightly as the operation of the Pentagon budget [...]
Once the money is added to programs like defense, veterans and national security, spending on domestic programs such as food aid for the poor, education, health and housing allowances falls to levels where legislators will have difficulties. After one and 17 billion increase for the Pentagon takes into account the national and foreign aid programs that absorb the cuts and $ 47 million that would result in average reductions of 10 percent.
Essential programs on the guillotine include the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Commodity Programs Supplemental Food, which help low-income people obtain nutritious food. Hundreds of thousands of programs will be reduced if House Republicans get their way. WIC provides healthy foods such as milk, eggs and infant formulas to about 9 million poor mothers and pregnant women and their children, “and that absorb and cut 868 million under the bill of the Republican Party, falling to 1300 million below what is needed to adequately fund the program with food prices rising.
The GOP measure also calls for cuts to programs for food safety, a childhood obesity initiative backed by First Lady Michelle Obama, and food aid for the elderly:
The bill also reduces a program that provides food to low income seniors 23 percent below current levels. The popular meal for Peace, which uses taxpayer money to buy U.S. goods and sends them to needy areas of Africa and elsewhere around the world, absorbing and 457 million cut almost a third. The White House said that would mean 1.1 million fewer people to get U.S. food aid.
The Representative Sam Farr (D-CA) spoke against the insensitivity of the Republican Party, saying: “tighten their belts is one thing. But the people who depend on supplemental feeding programs such as WIC or food stamps or lunches school, have already tight belts. ”
Yesterday, the White House criticized the proposed cuts to food programs, saying they leave children and mothers with hungry, but stopped short of threatening a veto.
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