On Tuesday lawmakers voted to halt funding to the nation's WIC program. This move will affect nearly 9 million U.S. women and children. (Courtesy: Huffington Post)
(AURN) -- Nearly 9 million U.S. mothers depend on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Program, otherwise known as WIC, to purchase infant formula, fruits, vegetables and whole-grain cereals for their children. But on Tuesday, due to the federal budget drama and subsequent government shutdown, authorities were forced to stop funding the program.
Today however, come reports that House Republicans will present a bill to restore federal funding to some agencies and programs, including the WIC. Democrats, have said repeatedly they will reject any attempt to fund the goverment piece-by-piece.
The budget controversy is fueled by efforts by an Tea Party Republicans to defund the Affordable Care Act.