Republicans Courageously Stand Against Poor Children

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities notes the GOP's refusal to rest in its battle against food assistance for poor children:

House Republicans are proposing a cut in the WIC nutrition program that would force WIC to turn away 325,000 to 475,000 eligible low-income women and young children next year. This cut — part of the 2012 appropriations bill that Rep. Jack Kingston, chairman of the House agriculture appropriations subcommittee, unveiled today — would break a 15-year commitment by Administrations and Congresses of both parties to provide enough WIC funding to serve all eligible women, infants, and children who apply.

"WIC" is shorthand for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, and as the CBPP points out, this appropriations bill would reduce WIC funding from $6.73 billion this year to $5.9 billion in 2012, a cut of more than $800 million. And of course, this comes as Republicans reiterate their stance against tax increases on the rich and support budgets that explicitly cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

It's an old point, but it's worth repeating: Republicans aren't against "spending"; they're against spending on poor people.

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