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GOP plan to chop services irks backers of women, children
The Head Start program and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) feeding program, which is slated to lose about $747 million of its $7 billion budget, are “properly” run by states, said Chris Edwards, editor of the Cato Institute’s downsizinggovernment.org.
These massive programs are “problematic,” he said: A landmark study found that Head Start had little or no impact on student achievement, and the WIC program is a major purveyor of baby formula to poor mothers even as public health officials relentlessly promote breast-feeding to them.
Given the necessity of cutting the budget, he added, these kinds of programs are “going to be squeezed out” in a few years because they’re “not core federal responsibilities. … I think advocates [for social services] should start trying to find other funding.”
The House is expected to take a vote on the appropriations act, possibly as early as Thursday, but faces a difficult road in the Senate, where Democrats still are in the majority.
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Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.
Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...
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