Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement following news that North Carolina would discontinue issuing WIC benefits at close of business on Tuesday, October 8, 2013:
"Last Friday, a bipartisan coalition in the House of Representatives voted to restore funding for the WIC program. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats refuse to take action on this bill, and President Obama today reiterated his opposition.
"The American people chose to elect a divided government, but they also expect us to work together. How can Washington politicians refuse to vote on providing food for needy children?
"In the past week, bipartisan majorities in the House of Representatives have voted to restore funding for WIC, Head Start, cancer research, National Parks, veterans programs, National Guard and Army Reserve programs, disaster relief, and the Food and Drug Administration.
"The Senate refuses to participate in the normal legislative process, refuses to negotiate, and refuses to explore common ground.
"The American people want their leaders to work together. Let's talk."