Leahy, Clean Budget Leaders Call on Congress to Reject Poison Pills in December Spending Bills

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Contact: David Rosen, drosen@citizen.org, (202) 588-7742
Lisa Gilbert, lgilbert@citizen.org, (202) 454-5188

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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. In a conference call recorded Thursday afternoon, Leahy and coalition leaders discussed the threat posed by harmful ideological and corporate policy riders that do not belong in federal funding legislation. Congress must act by Dec. 7 to avoid a partial government shutdown.

Clean Budget Coalition leaders on the call included: Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen; Caitlin Horrigan, director of global advocacy for Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Tiernan Sittenfeld, senior vice president of government affairs for League of Conservation Voters; Sarah Rooney, senior director of federal and regulatory affairs for the American Association of Justice; and Rion Dennis, legislative and advocacy strategist for Americans for Financial Reform.

Visit CleanBudget.org to learn more about the threat from poison pill policy riders. Contact any of the individuals listed about to speak to an expert. Listen to the call.