“Raising the debt ceiling shouldn’t be an opportunity to jeopardize the health and well- being of millions.”
— Emily Stewart


May 19, 2023

Contact: Jack Cardinal, (781) 960-5208, jcardinal@ccc21088

Washington, DC — Following yesterday’s press conference in which Senate Republicans signaled their alignment with Speaker McCarthy’s debt ceiling bill that could send millions of people across the country deeper into poverty by stripping health care and food programs away, Community Catalyst released the following statement. 

Statement from Emily Stewart, Executive Director, Community Catalyst 

“The GOP plan is only ‘common sense’ for giant corporations and the uber-wealthy. Raising the debt ceiling shouldn’t be an opportunity to jeopardize the health and well-being of millions of people by cutting access to affordable health care and nutritious food. Balancing the federal budget on the backs of older adults, people with disabilities, children and people with low incomes would be disastrous, and we urge Congress to pass a clean debt ceiling bill with no cuts to Medicaid, SNAP, or TANF.” 


About Community Catalyst: 

Community Catalyst is a leading non-profit national health advocacy organization dedicated to advancing a movement for race equity and health justice. We partner with local, state and national advocates to leverage and build power so all people can influence decisions that affect their health. Health systems will not be accountable to people without a fully engaged and organized community voice. That’s why we work every day to ensure people’s interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and health care are made: in communities, state houses and on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit http://www.communitycatalyst.org. Follow us on Twitter @CommCatHealth.