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House GOP cuts low-income nutrition assistance

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House Republicans have made it clear that even in times of economic recovery, they're not willing to end things like tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

But here's what they are willing to do: cut nutrition assistance for women, infants, and children.

At the end of last month, the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee approved more than $830 million in cuts to three programs that help low-income families keep food on the table -- the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Emergency Food Assistance Program, and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. 

Not only is this unjust—but it's also bad fiscal policy. Think Progress reports that economists estimate that each dollar invested in WIC "saves between $1.77 and $3.13 in health care costs in the first 60 days after an infant's birth by reducing the instance of low-birthweight babies and improving child immunization rates."

Read more at Think Progress.