NWLC Responds to the GOP Debt Limit Proposal; Calls for Preservation of Family Support Programs

(Washington, D.C.) The following is a statement from Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center:

“As our nation grapples with the reality of the approaching debt ceiling, leaders face an important crossroad that could change the trajectory of families’ economic stability and quality of life, today, and for generations to come. Lawmakers have a choice between passing a clean increase to the debt ceiling, as they’ve done numerous times in the past, or imposing cuts to essential programs and services that could devastate communities, industries and individuals. One thing must be made clear: taking away programs that support women, LGBTQ+ people, and families, like SNAP/nutrition assistance and Medicaid, is not an option.

“We urge lawmakers to consider the effects of these decisions on the millions of families who keep our economy going. They are lives to be valued, not political leverage. We at NWLC will continue to demand from our elected officials the freedom for mothers, caregivers and families to thrive and live with dignity, equality and security. To that end, we call on Congress to pass a clean debt ceiling before it’s too late.”