USDA Urges Congress to Fund WIC Program

Cuts have been proposed in the 2024 draft budget.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently made a request of Congress, asking that legislators not cut $1 billion from the 2024 budget for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The USDA released statistics and estimates that the budget shortfall would push states to make “difficult, untenable decisions” for how best to operate on significantly reduced funding.

“If Congress were to fund the program at the current, lower Continuing Resolution level for the remaining months of the fiscal year, the $1 billion shortfall that will occur is equivalent to 1.5 months of benefits for all program beneficiaries,” the department stated. “Given the size of the funding shortfall, it is likely that waiting lists would stretch across all participant categories, affecting both new applicants and mothers, babies, and young children enrolled in the program who are up for renewal of benefits.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of Congress to receive God’s wisdom as they negotiate the government spending bills.
  • For the president and officials in federal agencies to be discerning about the amount of federal funding necessary for programs given the increasing national debt.

Sources: Department of Agriculture

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