Letters & Releases from the Coalition

Congress Should Exclude Poison Pills, Legacy Riders from Spending Bills

For Immediate Release: Sept. 21, 2022 Contact: David Rosen, drosen@citizen.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress should

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FY 23 Approps Should Be Free From Poison Pill Policy Riders

Dear Senators and Members of Congress, The Clean Budget Coalition – an alliance of labor,

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Citizens Speak Out: Congress Must Finish Appropriating

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ordinary citizens from across the country are calling on Congress to finish

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Groups Call on Congress to Finish Appropriating as Feb. 18 Funding Deadline Approaches

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Groups in the Clean Budget Coalition are calling on federal lawmakers to

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Clean Budget Coalition Urges Lawmakers to Remain Firm on Removing Legacy Riders

Dear Senators and Members of Congress, The Clean Budget Coalition – an alliance of labor,

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With the Annual Spending Process About to Start, Lawmakers Should Make It a Priority to Remove Legacy Poison Pills From Annual Spending Bills

For Immediate Release: May 27, 2021 Contact: David Rosen, drosen@citizen.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Clean

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84 Groups Urge Congress to Remove Legacy Riders From FY21 Appropriations Bills

Dear Member of Congress, The Clean Budget Coalition, an alliance of labor, scientific, consumer, research,

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Congress Should Remove Legacy Riders From FY 2021 Spending Bills

Legacy Riders Harm Women’s Health, Our Campaign Finance System, Endangered Species, Our Environment, Consumer Product

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74 Groups Urge Congress to Pass a Clean Budget for FY 2021, Free From Legacy Riders

Dear Member of Congress, The Clean Budget Coalition, an alliance of labor, scientific, consumer, research,

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Appropriators Must Not Backtrack on Removing Harmful Legacy Riders

Nov. 12, 2019 Contact: David Rosen, drosen@citizen.org, (202) 588-7742 Lisa Gilbert, lgilbert@citizen.org, (202) 454-5188 Tonight,

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79 Groups Call for a Clean Budget, Removal of Legacy Riders

For Immediate Release: Nov. 4, 2019 Contact: David Rosen, drosen@citizen.org, (202) 588-7742 WASHINGTON, D.C. –

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Clean Budget Coalition Opposes Legacy Riders in FY20 Appropriations Legislation

Dear Member of Congress, The Clean Budget Coalition, an alliance of labor, scientific, consumer, research,

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Appropriations Bills Should Exclude Legacy Riders That Harm the Public

For Immediate Release: Oct. 23, 2019 Contact: David Rosen, drosen@citizen.org, (202) 588-7742 Lisa Gilbert, lgilbert@citizen.org,

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

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.

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Partisan Poison Pills Don’t Belong in December Appropriations 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.

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

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.

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Clean Budget Coalition Thanks Congress for Rejecting Poison Pill Riders

Dear Member of Congress, As a part of the Clean Budget Coalition, we, the undersigned

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Clean Budget Coalition Urges Congress to Oppose Poison Pill Riders in Minibus I

Dear Member of Congress, The Clean Budget Coalition, an alliance of over 260 labor, scientific,

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Clean Budget Coalition Opposes Inappropriate Riders and Rescissions

As a part of the Clean Budget Coalition, we, the undersigned organizations write to ask you to oppose any FY 2019 appropriations measures which include ideological poison pill policy riders.

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Coalition Applauds Lawmakers Who Removed Hundreds of Poison Pill Riders From the Omnibus

The 264 groups in the Clean Budget Coalition are applauding congressional lawmakers who fought to

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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.

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Leahy, Lowey, Schakowsky, Coalition Leaders Call for a Clean Omnibus Package That Excludes Dirty Riders

With the March 23 funding deadline just three weeks away, the Clean Budget Coalition will host a telephone press conference this Thursday afternoon featuring members of Congress and coalition leaders. Speakers will call for a clean omnibus appropriations package with no corporate or ideological riders that would harm the public and explain the harms of these measures.

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Dirty Riders Threaten Clean Funding Legislation

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.

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Congress Must Remove Hundreds of Poison Pill Riders From the Omnibus

More than halfway into the fiscal year, Congress finally has reached a two-year budget deal

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Press Release: 149 Groups Urge Congress to Remove Poison Pill Riders and Fund Our Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter sent today to all 535 congressional offices, 149 groups

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Letter: 149 Groups Urge Congress to Oppose Poison Pill Riders in the Omnibus

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.

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Editorial Board Alert: Corporate, Ideological Riders Could Lead to a Shutdown

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.

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192 Groups Call on U.S. House to Reject Appropriations Riders

Appropriations bills continue to be misused to undermine essential safeguards through poison pill “policy riders” – provisions that address extraneous and unpopular policy issues. Slipping unrelated and damaging issues into must-pass appropriations bills as a means to win approval is a dangerous strategy for the public.

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No Poison Pill Riders in the Minibus, Coalition Letter to Congress Demands

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.

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Letter: No Ideological Riders in the Minibus

Contentious poison pill riders are intended to advance the priorities of special interest donors and supporters. These riders have no business in the proposed “defense” minibus. In fact, this bill creates a new level of damaging riders by adding in a controversial rider to provide funding for a border wall that is unrelated to any of the four bills into the language.

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CleanBudget.org to Mobilize Opposition to Harmful Appropriations Riders

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.

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