Brooks, Walorski Call on Harry Reid to Allow Senate Vote to Protect Women, Children, and Families
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswomen Susan W. Brooks (IN-05) and Jackie Walorski (IN-02) joined members of the Republican Women's Policy Committee (RWPC) to send a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, calling on him to allow a vote in the Senate on numerous House bills that will provide protections for the most vulnerable Americans.
“Right now, two hundred children each week benefit from critical lifesaving research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). More than eight million women and children rely on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program for nutritious food. Fifty seven thousand youngsters attend Head Start. And, twelve hundred school districts rely on impact aid to continue educating future generations. We all recognize that our nation has many needs, but there is no need as great as protecting our most vulnerable population,” wrote the Female Republican House Members.
Last week, the House passed legislation on a bipartisan basis to fund the NIH through H.J. Res. 73, the Research for Lifesaving Cures Act, and a bill to fund WIC, H.J. Res. 75, the Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act. This week, the House is scheduled to consider H.J. Res. 84, the Head Start for Low-Income Children Act and H.J. Res. 83, the Impact Aid for Local Schools Act.
“Senate Democrats are letting politics hurt children, patients and parents who rely on these vital services. There’s no reason disagreements among politicians in Washington should negatively impact families in need of a helping hand. House Republicans have taken common sense steps to restore certainty to the American economy while we work to reopen the government. The Senate needs to act, and I am proud to join Congresswoman Walorski in calling on them to do so,” said Brooks.
“Simply put, providing support for these critical programs to help women and young children in need is the right thing to do. The House worked together to quickly authorize funding, ensuring the most vulnerable are not neglected while Washington works to end this disappointing shutdown. I am pleased to join Congresswoman Brooks and other female lawmakers to urge Majority Leader Reid to quickly bring these bills to the Senate floor for a vote,” said Walorski.