WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 23, 2022) – Today, Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, issued the following statement after Congress passed the Omnibus Spending package for fiscal year 2023:
“The Omnibus Spending package provides critical funding for federal government operations and community projects, including many of the National Urban League’s top priorities. We are grateful to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Charles Schumer, the Congressional Black Caucus, and our other allies in Congress for their advocacy and support of the Urban League movement and the programs we bring to communities across the country.
“Nine Urban League affiliates also secured funding for 11 projects in their communities in the Omnibus Spending bill. The projects covered entrepreneurial development, workforce training, financial literacy programs, and childcare services.
“We celebrate the investments and laws incorporated in this package, including the Electoral Counts Act, which will safeguard our democracy, and the Pregnant Worker Fairness Act, which will protect pregnant women from workplace discrimination. Still, we regret that Congress could not come together to expand and extend the child tax credit, close crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparities, and protect access to Medicaid for the families who need it most, amongst other priorities. The National Urban League will start the New Year by calling on the 118th Congress to finish this work on behalf of the American people.”