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 remove hundreds of poison pill policy riders from the omnibus text, particularly the minority leadership and appropriators in both chambers of Congress. Thanks to their hard work and determination, Americans are getting a funding package for FY 2018 that is mostly free from these harmful measures, which would have threatened our environment, our campaign finance system and women’s health, rolled back Wall Street reforms and worker protections, and much more.
Earlier this month, the coalition asked Congress to wipe away the filthy riders, and it looks like lawmakers got the message – a significant victory for the public. Although a number of old riders remained in the funding package and a handful of new ones were snuck in, the coalition will continue the fight to remove these measures in the next budget cycle. Most of the removed measures were special favors for big corporations and ideological extremists that had nothing to do with funding our government and could not become law on their own merits. As such, they had no place in appropriations legislation.