Up to 6,800 eligible low-income women and children in Kentucky could be turned away from the popular WIC program if a proposed cut, approved by the Republican controlled U. S. House of Representatives, remains. WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) gives states grants to ensure that pregnant and breast feeding mothers, along with small children, get the nutrition they need.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the cut, which is part of the 2012 appropriations bill, could affect as many as 450,000 women and children nationwide. Speaking of priorities, the report reads:
“The proposal is particularly striking given Republican insistence late last year on extending all of President Bush’s tax cuts for the nation’s wealthiest households as well as Republican efforts of recent weeks to preserve lucrative tax breaks for oil companies at a time of huge company profits.”
By the way, Kentucky’s very own Rep. Hal Rogers, who represents southern and eastern parts of Kentucky, was integral in proposing these cuts. The Republican chairs the House Appropriations Committee.
Maybe if he represented one of the poorest Congressional districts in the nation he’d change his mind. Oh wait… Never mind.