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President’s Vetoes Could Cause Half a Million Low-Income Pregnant Women, Infants, and Children to be Denied Nutritional Benefits in One of Nation’s Most Effective Programs

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Bush Administration’s insistence on limiting overall funding for domestic discretionary programs to the level proposed in the President’s budget--and the President’s vow to veto the agriculture appropriations bill because it exceeds the level his budget proposed for that bill--is raising the specter of substantial cuts in the program. If funding for WIC, along with other domestic discretionary programs, is reduced to the level the President has proposed, the number of low-income women, infants, and children served by the program will have to be cut by more than 500,000 below the current level.