Published: November 2018

Groups renew call for no poison pill policy riders

Coalition: Clean Budget Coalition

Consumer Action is among nearly 50 groups renewing their call to keep spending measures free of poison pill policy riders. Unpopular, unnecessary, partisan provisions that get tacked on in secret have nothing to do with government funding and everything to do with undermining essential programs in order to fill a special interest wish list. Poison pill policy riders also stand in stark contrast to emergency needs that are going unmet, like guarding consumers from scams and corporate wrongdoing, securing our air, land, water and wildlife, and defending our campaign finance and election systems.

Consumer Action joined the Clean Budget Coalition in sending a letter urging members of Congress to remove all partisan, poison pill policy riders from the December appropriations bills. While most of the government is funded for fiscal year 2019, a package of four FY19 appropriations bills have been stuck in conference committee negotiations since September, and Congress must act to avoid a partial government shutdown. Year after year, Congress attempts to quietly slip in corporate special interest wish list items that couldn’t pass as standalone legislation into must-pass funding packages.

Other Organizations

AFL-CIO | 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 | Earthjustice | 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 | U.S. PIRG | Wild West Institute | The Wilderness Society

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To read the letter in full, click here.

For more information, please visit the Clean Budget website.

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