One Quarter of CJS Spending Bill Is Poison Pills

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The 160-Page-Long CJS Appropriations Bill Drafted by House Republicans Has Over 40 Pages of Poison Pills

WASHINGTON, D.C. – One quarter of the House GOP’s Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill is nothing but poison pills, the Clean Budget Coalition found after reviewing bill text.

Shockingly, the 160-page long CJS bill has more than 40 pages of poison pills that attack immigrants, gun safety, LGBTQ+ Americans, women’s health, diversity and inclusion efforts, our environment, anti-monopoly measures, trade policy, the U.S. Census, and more. The coalition found more than 80 individual poison pills in total.

“Simply deleting the poison pills in CJS would cut the overall bill length by 25% and focus the bill in on its intended purpose – funding government agencies and programs,” said Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president of Public Citizen and co-chair of the Clean Budget Coalition. “That’s exactly what we’re calling on both parties to do.”