05-31-17 – CHIP[ping] WIC
Source: Center for American Progress|Image Credit: AP/Eric Gay
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“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift, is approaching spiritual death.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Children don’t ask to be on this earth. There has never been a moment where a child has willed their way into existence. So ensuring the welfare of the children in the US should be a primary concern for parents, caregivers and the federal government. I have said before that ensuring a good future for our children is not only responsible parenting, but it’s also sound policy.
According to the most recent data by the Census Bureau “Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of children, lived in households that participated in at least one or more of the following government aid programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and the National School Lunch Program.”
So when the proposed fiscal government budget aims to cut important health and welfare programs that a majority of children in the US rely on, citizens and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle fought back.
On the program today, Thomas Huelskoetter, Policy Analyst for the Health Policy team at the Center for American Progress. His recent piece focuses on the major changes within the 2017 fiscal budget and how these proposed changes will impact families.
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