U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), ranking member on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, and leaders from the Clean Budget Coalition are calling on Congress to reject partisan, poison pills attached to the December spending bills.
A diverse array of groups in the Clean Budget Coalition sent a letter today urging members of Congress to remove all of the partisan, poison pill policy riders from the December appropriations bills.
The 264 groups in the Clean Budget Coalition are applauding congressional lawmakers who fought to
Cleaning Instructions, Sponges Delivered to All 535 Hill Offices, Urging Lawmakers to Wipe Away Dirty Omnibus Riders
Today the Clean Budget Coalition delivered a set of cleaning instructions, green scrub sponges and a list of dirty riders attached to the spending bill to all 535 members of Congress.
Following a bipartisan budget deal reached in February, Congress must pass an omnibus appropriations package by March 23 that funds our government for fiscal year 2018. One of the main obstacles standing in the way of a final deal is the proposed inclusion of hundreds of poison pill policy riders (PDF) – special favors for big corporations and ideological extremists that are dangerous to the public and too controversial to pass on their own merits. These measures threaten working people, consumers, women, children, civil rights, our environment and our economy, and they must be removed from any final funding package.
More than halfway into the fiscal year, Congress finally has reached a two-year budget deal
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter sent today to all 535 congressional offices, 149 groups
In the next few weeks, the U.S. Congress must pass either appropriations legislation funding our government for the year ahead or a short-term continuing resolution allowing lawmakers more time to reach an agreement. If Congress fails to act before midnight Sept. 30, the government will shut down. One of the main obstacles standing in the way of a deal is the proposed inclusion of hundreds of policy riders – extraneous measures that do not belong in funding legislation. These special favors for corporations and ideological extremists should be removed from any final or short-term budget agreement.
The ‘minibus’ appropriations package should contain no poison pill policy riders, the Clean Budget Coalition insisted in a letter sent to all 535 members of Congress today. The letter also urges Congress to pass legislation that does not unilaterally violate the Budget Control Act, which requires commensurate increases for defense and non-defense funding. Congress should pass clean funding bills in a timely manner under regular order.
The Clean Budget Coalition today launched a new website – CleanBudget.org – to shine a spotlight on poison pill policy riders that must be taken out of appropriations legislation. This comes as committees in the U.S. House of Representatives have begun passing appropriations bills, many of which contain dozens of inappropriate riders that risk a costly and disruptive government shutdown on Sept. 30.