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Congress Must Pass a Clean Budget with No Poison Pills

Every year, Congress must pass a series of 12 appropriations bills that fund our government. And every year, unscrupulous lawmakers try to sneak harmful policies into these bills that have nothing to do with funding our government. Known as poison pill policy riders, these measures are little more than special favors for ideological extremists and big corporations, most are wildly unpopular, and they could not become law on their own merits.

Hundreds of organizations have joined together under the umbrella of the Clean Budget Coalition to oppose the inclusion of poison pills and other toxic amendments in the annual spending bills. We’re calling on Congress to pass clean FY 25 spending bills by the September 30th deadline that fully fund the programs and services we all count on.


FY 25 News and Resources

475 Poison Pills in House Republican Draft Spending Bills
Clean Budget Coalition: July 9, 2024

One Quarter of CJS Spending Bill Is Poison Pills
Clean Budget Coalition: June 25, 2024

House Republicans Attack LGBTQ+ Community in Draft Spending Bills
Clean Budget Coalition: June 11, 2024

Defense Spending Bill Forces Israel Arms Transfers, Nixes Ukraine Aid
Defense News: June 5, 2024

80 Poison Pills in House Drafted Financial Services and General Government Spending Bill
Clean Budget Coalition: June 4, 2024

Democrats Decry ‘Very, Very Harmful’ Riders in Legislative Branch Bill
Roll Call: May 23, 2024

Culture War Riders Are Back in the House’s Draft Military Construction, VA Spending Bill
Clean Budget Coalition: May 21, 2024

Culture Wars Part 2?
Punchbowl News: May 8, 2024

200+ Groups: Congress Should Pass Clean FY25 Spending Bills, Remove Legacy Poison Pills (Release)
Clean Budget Coalition: May 6, 2024

200+ Groups Call for No Poison Pills in FY25 Approps Bills (Letter)
Clean Budget Coalition: May 6, 2024

White House Vows to Repeal GOP-Led Ban on Pride Flags Over U.S. Embassies
Washington Post: March 25, 2024

LWVUS Joins Letter Urging President to Remove Anti-Abortion Weldon Amendment from FY25 Budget
League of Women Voters: February 1, 2024