Congress Must Pass a Clean Budget With No Harmful Riders
196 Groups Have Joined the Call
Every year, Congress must pass a series of appropriations bills to fund the services and safeguards that protect American families and communities. This year, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are proposing a budget 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 Jan. 19.
Nearly 200 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.
Clean Budget News & Resources (FY 2018)
Both the FY2018 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill passed by the House of Representatives in September 2017 and the Interior bill proposed by the Senate in November 2017 contained numerous policy riders that would put health and lives at risk from air pollution, and cut funding for EPA.
As Congress struggles to agree on a long-overdue budget and spending bills, the devil is in the details as Republicans are trying to sneak through provisions that would harm the environment, public health and democracy.
In a letter sent today to all 535 congressional offices, 149 groups in the Clean Budget Coalition called on Congress to pass a clean omnibus, free from poison pill policy riders. Poison pill riders threaten workers, consumers and families as well as our communities, environment and economy, and they should be removed from any final or short-term funding agreement, the coalition maintains.
We, the undersigned organizations as a part of the Clean Budget Coalition, write to ask you to oppose any FY 2018 omnibus or other spending measure which includes ideological poison pill policy riders. The majority in Congress are quietly trying to slip in special interest wish list items via poison pill riders into the year-end funding packages.