Congress Must Pass a Clean Budget With No Harmful Riders
192 Groups Have Joined the Call
Every year, Congress must pass a series of appropriations bills to fund the crucial services and safeguards that protect American families and communities. This year, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are proposing a budget that is rigged for millionaires, billionaires and big corporations.
It’s bad enough that Republican lawmakers are proposing deep and painful funding cuts to the agencies that protect our health and safety, our workplaces and wallets, as well as our environment and our economy. But they’re also threatening to attach hundreds of harmful policy riders to the budget that would weaken, repeal or block essential public protections. The inclusion of poison pill riders risks a costly and disruptive government shutdown when funding expires on Dec. 8.
More than 190 organizations have joined together to form the Clean Budget Coalition. We’re calling on Congress and the White House to pass a clean budget with no harmful riders, one that funds our communities and protects our families. Follow the Clean Budget Coalition on Twitter @regsrock.
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This week’s vote-a-rama in the U.S. Senate will set the table for a feeding frenzy of corporate handouts later in the year, when the U.S. Congress must pass appropriations bills before funding expires in December. Stopping poison pill riders that act as earmarks for industry and other well-heeled interests should be a top priority, as these measures have no place in government funding legislation. This budget resolution contains the ultimate rider: tax reconciliation instructions that would fund gargantuan tax cuts for megarich campaign donors and would lead to the slashing of vital public services such as Medicaid, Medicare, public education and nutrition assistance. Reconciliation is nothing but a partisan money grab: a ploy to let corporations raid the treasury that could not possibly survive the normal legislative process.
We're facing potentially hundreds of poison pill riders in federal spending legislation that has to be passed in December. Here's what's at stake.
The House is expected to take up the Trump administration's $29 billion funding request for hurricane and wildfire relief next week, but there's already signs of trouble for the latest batch of disaster spending. Democrats, including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have strongly spoken out in recent days about adding controversial measures to the bill, which would make it harder to pass. During his floor speech yesterday, Schumer warned Republicans — "particularly those in the House" — against including "extraneous, ideological policy riders" to the supplemental.
The budget process should be about taking care of our families and communities, not undermining them, and it shouldn’t be used to roll back hard-won, critical consumer protections. But Republicans in Congress have it backwards. Instead, they’re proposing abusive budget resolutions with dangerous reconciliation instructions that set the stage for tax handouts to the rich as well as appropriations bills with hundreds of dangerous policy riders that have nothing to do with funding our government.