Democrats and Republicans in Congress are moving to expand the expansion of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food stamp program to include women, children and seniors.
The legislation, which would go to the Senate and House next week, would also expand the program to cover people in nursing homes, mental health facilities and people with disabilities.
Rep. Kathleen Rice, a New Jersey Democrat who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement Thursday that the bill “reaffirms that the Women’s Health and Nutrition Act of 2017 will provide all Americans access to vital food assistance, and we must act quickly to expand it to all Americans.”
But GOP leaders have expressed doubts about the measure.
The White House said in an email to reporters that the president is “committed to working with our partners to advance a plan that is both compassionate and sustainable.”
“The president has made clear his intention to work with members of both parties to make progress on this important issue,” the White House added.
The bill would expand WIC to all adults and children regardless of income and could be expanded by the House and Senate as well, but it would be delayed in the Senate, where Republicans are united.
The White House has repeatedly said that Republicans will not allow the measure to pass, but they have yet to put forward any legislative proposals.