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May 18, 2023

Black Women's Roundtable & NCNW Letter to Congress Regarding the Debt Ceiling

Dear President Biden and Congressional Leaders:

The Black Women’s Roundtable and National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) – historic national organizations dedicated to the equity of Black women and families – strongly urge you to ensure that any final bipartisan budget deal will reject policy changes that would increase poverty or threaten the health care and well-being of already vulnerable Americans, including millions of children of every race and in every state in our Union.

Avoiding default is critical to our national economy and our global reputation as a stable country, and the nation should raise the debt ceiling as it has done in previous years, even under Republican leadership. Indeed, this crisis should not be a crisis, and we are disappointed to see some Congressional leaders play political games with the full faith and credit of the United States. Still, it is unconscionable and cruel to resolve this crisis by placing undue burdens on our nation’s sickest, hungriest, and poorest citizens while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest of us....

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