Dear member of Congress:
Congress must pass a bipartisan, bicameral continuing resolution (CR) that keeps the U.S. government funded and addresses pressing emergency needs of moms, families, businesses, and our economy, including: stabilizing the child care industry by passing at least $16 billion in child care funding; and including a downpayment on emergency WIC funds in November, with the end goal being to fully fund this vital nutrition assistance program so it can serve all pregnant women, postpartum moms, babies, and toddlers. It is imperative that these emergencies receive the aid needed without being subject to any caps or offsets.
Any CR package passed in the coming days should be free of poison pill policy riders that are harmful and/or irrelevant to the functions of government, including: anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-IRS, and anti-women riders. We also oppose cruel, ineffective changes to our immigration and asylum system. Instead, Congress should advance bipartisan solutions to provide smart resources at the border that make the existing process work better while keeping communities safe. Congress should increase funding to improve asylum processing, reduce backlogs and work permit waiting times, resource states, localities and community shelter and support services, and access to legal counsel.
We also greatly welcome the inclusion of any expansion of the highly successful Child Tax Credit.
Overall, we are calling on you to step up to the plate at this critical time and pass funding and policies that lift up our families, children, and economy and do no harm.