Rep. Schrier’s Bill to Support Children, Parents and Expecting Mothers During Pandemic Passes House
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) today announced that the bill she introduced with Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), the WIC Waiver Extension Act, has passed the House. The bill was included in the Continuing Resolution to fund the government and is expected to pass the Senate and be signed by the President in the next week.
“The WIC program is fundamental to getting nutritious food to young children and pregnant women during important times of development,” said Rep. Schrier. “This legislation makes it easier for moms and children to access critical nutrition services. We know one benefit of early exposure to healthy fruits and vegetables is they lead to healthy choices later in life. This will have a meaningful impact on the lives of millions of American families.”
In order to minimize the risk of coronavirus exposure for pregnant mothers and infants, the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) waived the in-person reporting requirements for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The WIC Waiver Extension Act extends that flexibility through September 30, 2021 to keep families healthy.
The Continuing Resolution also included a renewal of the Pandemic EBT program, a new program that ensures children who normally receive most of their meals at school continue to have access to healthy foods at home.