NWLC Statement on the FY24 Appropriations Deal

WASHINGTON – Over the weekend, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Mike Johnson announced that they reached a deal on topline funding levels for Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations.

Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), released the following statement in response:

“The announcement of this deal is an important step toward avoiding a devastating and irresponsible government shutdown, but we have deep concerns that certain aspects of the agreement will negatively impact women and families.

  • “It is shameful that Speaker Johnson insisted that this deal include accelerated cuts to the IRS — a transparent attempt to protect billionaire tax cheats from paying their fair share at the expense of everyone else. These cuts stand to result in massive revenue losses that will hurt women and families.  
  • “In the face of increased need, we must also ensure that overall funding levels for programs that women and families rely on are maintained, including for priorities such as nutrition for pregnant people and infants, child care, and housing assistance.
  • “House Republicans have refused to take poison pill riders off the negotiating table. Let’s be clear: under no circumstance can Congress allow new poison pill riders to pass. Passing any new riders into law would be devastating – whether it’s further restricting abortion access, attacking gender-affirming care, or hampering protections for students who are survivors of sexual violence, LGBTQI individuals, and those who are pregnant and parenting.

“The National Women’s Law Center urges lawmakers to reject any additional cuts to IRS funding, and also urges Congress to fully fund WIC and secure significant new funding for child care and housing. If Congress can meet this moment, they will deliver a much-needed victory for women and families, all while avoiding a devastating shutdown that would throw our economy into chaos.”