Congress Should Pass FY 2019 Appropriations Bills With No Poison Pill Riders

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Dear Member of Congress,

The Clean Budget Coalition, an alliance of labor, scientific, consumer, research, good government, faith, civil rights, community, health, environmental, and public interest groups, writes you to urge the passage of the outstanding FY19 appropriations bills with no ideological poison pill policy riders in advance of the December 7th deadline.

No appropriations titles, package of bills, or continuing resolution (should that be deemed the appropriate path to continue funding the government) should move forward containing partisan poison pill policy riders.

Time and time again, members of Congress attempt to quietly slip in corporate special interest wish list items that couldn’t pass as standalone legislation into must-pass funding packages as poison pill riders, and our champions have stood firm in opposition. We ask that you take that stance as Congress processes the remaining FY19 appropriations bills.

Poison pill riders are unpopular and dangerous, and the public opposes using them to roll back public protections. The American people support policies to:

  • Ensure safe and healthy food and products;
  • Restrain Wall Street abuses;
  • Secure our air, land, water and wildlife;
  • Safeguard fair and safe workplaces;
  • Guard against consumer rip-offs and corporate wrongdoing;
  • Defend our campaign finance and election systems;
  • Provide access to justice and fair housing;
  • Protect human and civil rights; and
  • Guarantee continued access to vital health care services including reproductive health care, among other things.

The public does not support slipping partisan and damaging issues into must-pass appropriations bills as a means to win approval.

We urge Members of Congress to fully fund important programs and to reject any flawed bills that include ideological poison pill policy riders that would undo essential public safeguards.



Alaska Wilderness

American Association for Justice

American Atheists

American Bird Conservancy

American Federation of Teachers

Americans for Financial Reform

Animal Wellness Action

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Progressive Reform

Center for Reproductive Rights

Clean Water Action

Coalition on Human Needs

Common Cause

Consumer Action

Consumer Federation of America


Environment America

Equality California

Hip Hop Caucus

Hispanic Federation

Humane Society Legislative Fund

Impact Fund

International Fund for Animal Welfare

League of Conservation Voters

League of Women Voters of the United States

Main Street Alliance

NARAL Pro-Choice America

National Association for College Admission Counseling

National Association of Consumer Advocates

National Black Justice Coalition

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Coalition for the Homeless

National Low Income Housing Coalition

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Women’s Law Center

Natural Resources Defense Council

New America’s Open Technology Institute

New Progressive Alliance

People For the American Way

People’s Action Institute

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Public Citizen

Public Justice Center

Rachel Carson Council

Safe Climate Campaign

Save Our Sky Blue Waters

Union of Concerned Scientists


Wild West Institute

The Wilderness Society