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House Passes Bills to Bolster Disaster Response Abilities and Ensure Continued Nutritional Assistance for Women, Infants, and Children

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U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), is pleased to have voted for two critical government operations bills passed by the House today. The first bill would provide funding for federal personnel to respond to potential disasters and emergencies. The second bill would fund the supplemental nutritional food program for pregnant and nursing mothers, and babies and young children.

If passed by the Senate and signed by the President, the National Emergency and Disaster Recovery Act would ensure that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has the necessary personnel available to protect life and property in the event of a disaster or emergency.

If passed by the Senate and signed by the President, the Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act would ensure continued assistance to approximately nine million low-income mothers who rely on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program for critical food, formula, and other necessities to keep their babies and infants healthy.

Said Ros-Lehtinen, "As Tropical Storm Karen bears down on the Gulf Coast, we must ensure that FEMA has the resources necessary to protect our communities from the consequences of this and other potential disasters. Let's make sure the brave men and women who respond to emergencies are ready and available to continue their mission and keep us safe. Similarly, without the WIC program, there is no safety net for the millions of mothers across the country who rely on nutritional assistance to have healthy pregnancies. Let's make sure the WIC program is funded and mothers and their children have the formula, food, and assistance they need."


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