Statement attributable to FRAC President Jim Weill.
In just a matter of weeks, the House majority has now voted twice to make hungry Americans hungrier – first by passing the Ryan budget, and now by passing this harmful Agriculture Appropriations bill.
Cuts to WIC and other important nutrition programs in the appropriations bill would harm the nation’s most vulnerable pregnant women and young children, leave low-income seniors without the food they need, and weaken our nation’s safety net. This bill also attempts to roll back recent efforts to make much needed – and long overdue – improvements to the nutritional quality of school meals.
In short, the bill would halt and start reversing progress in this nation against very deep hunger and would destroy a bipartisan compact that for two generations has developed and sustained a strong and effective nutrition safety net. The White House and Senate must put a stop to these reckless cuts that harm the most vulnerable.