WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House and Senate have approved a continuing resolution that funds the federal government at current levels for the next 45 days, temporarily averting a government shutdown.
The following is a statement from Kate Franken, board chair of the National WIC Association:
“Today, nearly seven million women and children can breathe a sigh of relief — but only for a moment.
The continuing resolution passed by Congress avoids the worst-case scenario of a federal government shutdown and ensures current WIC participants can continue receiving their benefits. For individuals and families who rely on WIC to put food on the table, receive pregnancy and postpartum support, and get critical healthcare services, this legislation provides considerable — albeit temporary — peace of mind.
Because the fact remains that there is still a lot of work to do. Congress must next pass an appropriations bill that includes full funding for WIC to meet its expected rise in caseloads for the rest of the fiscal year.
For the past several days, WIC participants from across the country have courageously shared their stories and made their voices heard. We are proud to join them in calling on Congress to not only protect WIC now, but to make it even stronger in the months and years to come.”