Press Statement

UnidosUS Commends Congress on Bipartisan Budget Bill

September 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR), the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, commended Congress on passage of a full-year, bipartisan spending package that includes $854-billion in funds for the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor and Education – which make up about two-thirds of the federal budget.

“While this bipartisan package isn’t ideal, it’s a welcome step in the right direction on a number of priorities that will help better meet the needs of Latino children and working families,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía, noting that it provides critical increases for Head Start, Pell grants, medical research, education and workforce-development training, among other programs.

Murguía thanked congressional leaders for rejecting the devastating budget cuts outlined in Trump’s budget proposal and refusing to fund the wall or boost funding for detention and enforcement, and said she remains cautiously optimistic. She noted that Congress extended current funding levels for the Department of Homeland Security and the rest of the government through December 7 – thus averting a costly shutdown in October and postponing a bitter fight over the President’s proposed border-wall boondoggle until after the midterms.

“And while there’s still more to do, as too many children and families in the U.S. lack access to adequate nutrition and health care and equal learning and employment opportunities, these spending investments are a good start. We hope Congress will continue to seek bipartisan solutions to those and other major issues for the benefit of everyone in the country. We likewise urge the President to swiftly sign this important bill,” Murguía concluded.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.