NWLC Urges Congress to Pass First Six FY24 Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON – Over the weekend, Congress released its first tranche of FY24 appropriations bills, which avoid drastic cuts to critical gender justice priorities and include a $1 billion increase in funding for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition assistance program, as well as modest increases to housing programs. While these bills are far from perfect, they will prevent a partial government shutdown if passed by Friday, March 8th.

Maribel Ramos, Director of Government Relations at the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), released the following statement in response:

“From fully funding WIC, to blocking efforts to restrict SNAP benefits, and securing funding for key housing programs, this first set of spending bills is an encouraging sign that lawmakers will avoid an unnecessary partial government shutdown. Additionally, we are pleased that Congress heeded our calls to omit harmful poison pill riders in the first six appropriations bills, as well as additional cuts to programs that disproportionately impact women, children, and families.

“We urge Congress to quickly reach a bipartisan agreement on the second set of FY24 spending bills, which must omit harmful poison pill riders and include significant funding for child care.”