Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Republicans vote to reduce birthweight of infants

excellent article by Melissa Boteach, Seth Hanlon from The Center for American Progress:

"If House Republicans get their way in the federal budget for fiscal year 2012 beginning in October, nearly 500,000 women, infants, and children could be deprived of basic nutritional assistance. Though Republican leaders justify this decision on the grounds that budget deficits require "shared sacrifice," the tax cuts they recently fought to extend will give away more money to America’s 300,000 millionaires this week than it will cost to adequately fund nutrition programs for all of next year.
That’s the story and the math behind the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee decision to slash the budget for the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, by $833 million in FY 2012. WIC provides nutritious foods to low-income pregnant women, new moms, babies, and children under 5 who have been identified as nutritionally at risk. The program has done this successfully for nearly 40 years at a relatively modest cost to the federal government, which is why the program has traditionally enjoyed strong bipartisan support.
The bill approved this week by Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee upends that bipartisan commitment, imposing deep and harmful cuts to WIC and denying assistance to 325,000 to 475,000 eligible mothers, infants, and children."

In all the Republicans are cutting almost a billion dollars from three food programs in order to protect the 20 billion dollar subsidies that they give to the oil companies.  Just another example of the  Republicans cutting funding for the poor and politcally unconnected in order to give huge tax breaks to the wealthy.  The republicans are destroying our future and our children's futures for $500,000 dollar credit lines at Tiffany's for the top 2% of the population. 

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) is Agriculture subcommittee chairman: contact page
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