McBath Votes to Approve Government Funding for Vital School, Safety, and Security Programs

Bipartisan legislation includes remaining FY 2024 appropriations.

March 22, 2024

Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Lucy McBath voted to pass the remaining FY2024 government funding with a package of six bills that will help Americans deal with high prices, side with the hard-working middle class, protect women’s rights, reinforce America’s global leadership, and help keep our communities safe and secure.

“Families in our communities and across our nation cannot afford a government shutdown. Too many important programs would be at risk,” McBath said. “With these funding bills, Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate united and produced legislation to make government work for the American people. We are reducing drug costs and increasing the access and affordability of high-quality child care. These bills help keep workers safe and ensure they are paid what they are owed. We are making strategic investments to help keep communities safe and secure. We are investing in everyday Americans.”

Democrats successfully rejected extreme cuts and policies. Instead, this government funding package includes: 

  • $1 billion increase for child care and Head Start.
  • $120 million increase in funding for cancer research at the National Institutes of Health.
  • $100 million increase for Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias research.
  • Preserving 224,000 teachers’ jobs and protecting Job Corps
  • Protecting more than 20 K-12 and higher education programs.
  • Blocking 10 riders to limit women’s reproductive health.
  • 12,000 more Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans that assisted the United States.
  • $1 billion increase in climate change and resilience activities at the Department of Defense.

This package includes the following funding bills: Defense; Financial Services and General Government; Homeland Security; Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; Legislative Branch; and State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

A detailed summary of the legislation is available here

A package containing six other appropriations bills for fiscal year 2024 passed the House earlier this month and was signed into law by President Biden on March 9.