Congressman Kevin Cramer

Representing North Dakota, At Large
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Cramer: House Passes Funding for WIC Assistance Program, FEMA

Oct 5, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer joined 221 Republicans and 22 Democrats to pass a critical funding bill for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (commonly known as WIC). The bipartisan legislation will keep funding in place for the WIC program during the federal government shutdown. It is now sent to the Senate for its consideration.

“The WIC program matters greatly to those in need, and there should be no disagreement in Congress about its importance. This was yet another bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives for critical funding. It is time for reasonable Senate Democrats to demand their leadership bring these bills to the floor for a vote. While we are at an impasse on some key issues, there is no reason we can’t fund the things we all agree on,” said Cramer.

The WIC program is designed to assist low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to age five. The U.S. Department of Agriculture shutdown contingency plan indicates the WIC Program can continue to operate using contingency and carryover funds through late October.

A separate critical funding bill passed today gives the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to keep current staffing levels. The government shutdown does not, however, prevent FEMA from making disaster payments.

The House has passed seven bipartisan critical funding bills since September 30, with 57 different Democrats joining in support. The House will be in session again over the weekend to continue work on critical funding legislation.