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Uploaded on Jul 29, 2011

Conservatives in Congress are holding the economy hostage to reckless budget cuts that would take America's economy back half a century. Their "cuts only" approach would slash basic human needs programs—including WIC, the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children—while leaving tax breaks for millionaires and oil companies off the table.

Conservatives already violated the bipartisan tradition of fully funding this effective program. Earlier this year the Republican-led House passed an agriculture funding bill for fiscal year 2012 that would cut WIC by more than $650 million. If signed into law, it would effectively kick between 200,000 and 350,000 women, infants, and children out of this critical program. Now their solution to the debt crisis is to enact dangerously deep cuts that would squeeze domestic spending, making it practically impossible and highly unlikely that we could afford to continue the necessary investments in programs such as WIC.

What's been missing amid all the Washington talk of topline cut numbers and discretionary caps are the human consequences of slashing the safety net, which is what the conservative approach to deficit reduction would entail. This video makes the consequences of such an approach to a program such as WIC eminently clear.

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