Representative Tom Cotton (R., Arkansas) introduced legislation today that would keep the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program funded during the shutdown.
The program provides food for low-income mothers and their young children.
“Just as troops and their families shouldn’t be used as political pawns in the Senate Democrats’ government shutdown, neither should women and children who benefit from WIC,” Cotton said in a statement. “The WIC program provides support to women and children across Arkansas, and they shouldn’t suffer because Senate Democrats have closed down the government to protect their special Obamacare exemption.”
Left-wing outlets, such as Think Progress and The Nation, had fretted about the affect of a shutdown on women and children who relied on the WIC program. Will they now call on Senate majority leader Harry Reid to pass the legislation funding the program in the Senate?