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Release from the National WIC Association,, on June 12, 2012

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies recently marked up and passed their FY 2013 Bill, which provides $6.922 billion for WIC in FY 2013. This is $119 million short of the President’s budget request, and the Bill provides no set asides for breastfeeding peer counselors, MIS/EBT, or Infrastructure, all of which the Senate bill provided in addition to funding WIC at the level of the President’s budget request at $7.041 billion.

The failure to fund breastfeeding peer counselors in FY 2013 would mean an immediate loss of jobs and a reduction in breastfeeding rates as the peer counselors have helped to boost and sustain breastfeeding rates across the country, helping to fight obesity and a range of childhood diseases.

Click here to send your representative a message or call the Capitol switchboard using NWA’s toll-free number 1-855-HELP-WIC (1-855-435-7942) to urge them to include $60 million in breastfeeding peer counselor funding for WIC in FY 2013 that is not restricted by caseload needs. 

Kentucky Representative Hal Rogers is the CHAIR of the House Appropriations Committee. It is especially important that KENTUCKY FAMILIES contact Rep. Rogers, even if they don't live in his district in Eastern Kentucky, to voice their support for continued breastfeeding peer counselor funding.

When contacting any member of Congress, be sure to use your personal time and personal email -- nothing work related.

Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN) is a member of the House Appropriations Committee from Indiana.

Please forward this information to all of your breastfeeding clients and friends and urge them to help.
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