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Clean Budget News & Resources FY 2019

This resource bank contains FY 2019 budget cycle news articles, op-eds, editorials, blogs, letters to the editor, press releases, fact sheets, sign-on letters and other resources related to rescissions and riders. Please use the controls below to search, sort, filter and share.

Statement on Anti-Environment Funding Bill

This bill makes deep cuts to the EPA and essential conservation programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund while repealing drinking water protections for 117 million people and attacking wildlife protections. As if that weren’t enough, anti-environment members of the House even added amendments to block limits on methane pollution and prohibit the cost of climate change from factoring into government decision making. Our communities are sick of the Republican-led Congress’s relentless attacks on environmental protections and refusal to act on climate change. The Senate should promptly reject these harmful funding cuts and policy riders that have no place in the appropriations process.

Anti-Environmental Spending Bill Passes House; Senate Urged to Reject It

We applaud members of Congress who stood up for children’s health and the outdoors by opposing this bill, and we’re disappointed in those who voted against our environment and public health. We call on the Senate to reject the House bill and pass an Interior-Environment spending bill that fully funds programs to protect our families, climate, water and lands, and is free of anti-environmental riders.

Bipartisan Vote to Remove Campaign Finance Riders Signals Broadening Support for Political Spending Transparency

For years, conservatives in Congress have misused the appropriations process to ram through anti-transparency favors for their corporate donors in the hopes that the public won’t notice. Now, at last, the tide is turning. Public Citizen applauds lawmakers in both parties who stood up for the American people, shined light on secret political spending and voted for measures that would take meaningful steps toward draining the swamp.

House Completes First Half of 2019 Spending Bills

Democrats argued that the bill doesn't provide enough funding, and criticized policy provisions, like one to repeal the EPA’s Obama administration Clean Water Rule. “These riders undermine clean water and clean air safeguards, jeopardize protection and recovery for vulnerable species, and even intercede in California water issues outside of the jurisdiction of the subcommittee,” said Rep. Betty McCollum (Minn.), the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee subpanel responsible for the bill.

Pentagon Objects to GOP Rider Blocking Protection of Birds

The Pentagon is objecting to a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S. The Defense Department says in a position paper made public Wednesday that the environmental measure inserted by House Republicans is unnecessary. The House-approved language would block endangered-species listing for the sage grouse and lesser-prairie chicken, which roam more than a dozen states west of the Mississippi River. Retired Major Gen. Paul Eaton, managing director of Vet Voice Foundation, an advocacy group that supports environmental causes, called the GOP rider “a shameful ploy” to undermine important public lands and wildlife protections. “Congressional leadership must put a stop to this effort and ensure that members of Congress do not hold hostage the National Defense Authorization Act over a rider that has nothing to do with the military,” Eaton said.

Big Money Riders Threaten Spending Bill’s Passage

Our country is under the thumb of wealthy special interests, especially the big banks. Despite the fact that most regular Americans are still recovering from the 2008 Wall Street crash, Congress approved a major rollback of financial industry safeguards in May. Even though our elections keep getting more expensive and we know that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections, Congress still refuses to fix our broken campaign finance system. Now, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are poised to make things even worse. Republican lawmakers have attached 50 separate banking deregulation bills to the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations package that is slated for a vote on the House floor this week. These poison pill policy riders have nothing at all to do with funding our government and would do enormous harm to investors, borrowers and taxpayers.

Rules Readies Financial Services, Interior-Environment Bill

The House Rules Committee recommended a rule Monday that would allow 87 amendments to be heard when the House turns to floor debate of the combined fiscal 2019 Interior-Environment and Financial Services spending bill this week. The amendments made in order include additional environmental policy riders sure to earn Democrats’ scorn over efforts to limit the federal government’s ability to regulate air pollutants like ozone and methane as well as additional Endangered Species Act exemptions. Similar controversial policy riders have bogged down the Interior-Environment spending bill in years past.

Corporations Should Disclose Their Political Spending

Poison pill policy riders are one of the political ploys that stand between everyday Americans and the programs on which they rely for their survival. These harmful provisions attack, weaken, and roll back protections for basic human needs and rights. They “ride” on government funding bills and other must-pass legislation because they couldn’t become law on their own merits. One issue area where riders have been used is campaign finance reform, including a rider to prevent the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from requiring publicly traded companies to disclose political spending to shareholders. People For the American Way and allies are urging Congress to reject the anti-disclosure language in favor of investor demands and a strong, transparent democracy.

Oppose H.R. 6147, an Anti-Environmental Spending Bill With Harmful Poison Pill Riders

LCV urges you to vote NO on H.R. 6147, the “Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019,” which includes damaging cuts to environmental and public health programs, as well as a host of anti-environmental policy riders. These poison pill riders include provisions repealing the Clean Water Rule that protects the drinking water of one in three people in this country and attacking protections for wildlife such as the greater sage-grouse. These riders ultimately prevent efforts to implement core laws and policies that protect public health, undermine environmental review and public input, and protect our nation’s lands and waters.

Tell Your Representative: No Poison Pill Policy Riders

Congress is hashing out the next budget. Disappointingly, many lawmakers are once again trying to use the budget to sneak in harmful repeals of and changes to a sweeping range of protections. Policy proposals that are unrelated to spending but added to the budget are known as “riders” to the budget. Why use the budget for matters unrelated to spending? Because repeals and changes to important protections can’t pass on their own. But if they hitch a ride with the budget, which must be passed to fund our government and avoid another shutdown, members of Congress might feel the pressure to let them slide in an election year. Please call your members of Congress and urge them to stand up for a clean budget without riders that sticks to spending, which after all is the purpose of a budget.

Trump and Congress Continue to Sacrifice Americans’ Basic Needs to Score Political Points with the Budget

As a part of the Clean Budget Coalition, we, the undersigned organizations write to ask you to oppose the House FY 2019 “minibus” packaging the Financial Services & General Government and Interior & Environment appropriations bills together. This package is laden with ideological policy riders that are inappropriate for any funding bill. Time and time again, members of Congress attempt to quietly slip in special interest wish list items that couldn’t pass as standalone legislation into must-pass funding packages as poison pill riders. Appropriations bills must not be misused to undermine essential safeguards.

All Tax-Exempt Organizations Must Remain Nonpartisan

Anti-Johnson Amendment forces are working to attach a policy rider that would prevent enforcement against tax-exempt houses of worship that engage in flagrantly partisan activities. Their rider is attached to Section 112 of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill that is part of the package of bills that funds the federal government. Johnson Amendment opponents have strategically attached unrelated policy riders to spending bills because often times such an unpopular provision would not pass as its own legislation. If this rider becomes law, a major concern is that a few donors could easily ruin the nonpartisan reputation and trust that nonprofits have worked tirelessly to cultivate. For the sake of our community, this cannot be allowed to happen.

Gray Wolves' Survival Could Be in Jeopardy

Congressional attempts to delist wolves run counter to the desires of the American public and will jeopardize the survival of one of America’s most highly valued native carnivores. I urge you to tell Sen. Joe Donnelly to reject any attempt to include anti-wolf or anti-ESA riders to the FY19 spending bill, or any other bill, when it comes to the floor.

Government Programs Stand to Lose Millions

David Rosen, communications officer on regulatory affairs for the Clean Budget Coalition — of which NASW is a member — said his organization advocates for a clean budget, meaning language in the budget is free of “poison pill riders” that detract from the budget’s ability to make a positive impact on Americans’ lives. Poison pill riders are measures that have nothing to do with the budget, Rosen said. His organization wants the budget to go through “the regular order, and that we end up with a clean process and clean budget at the end of the day.”

To help maintain regular order and to ensure bipartisan support, we urge you to keep the FY 2019 appropriations bills free of controversial anti-environmental policy riders.

Republicans Are Sabotaging D.C.’s Self-Rule. Send Them Packing

There’s no sugarcoating what is taking place on Capitol Hill. By embedding anti-home-rule riders in the fiscal 2019 D.C. appropriations bill, House and Senate Republicans are thumbing their noses at citizens of the District and their elected leaders. This affront to our nation’s capital is contemptible. The fiscal 2019 D.C. appropriations bills pending in the House and Senate would repeal the city-enacted Local Budget Autonomy Act of 2012, which removes the city’s local funds from the congressional approval process, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said in a press release. The House’s version of the bill also strikes down another city law, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, which bars D.C. employers from discriminating on the basis of reproductive health decisions against workers, their spouses or their dependents. There’s more.

House Committee Approves Labor Agency Funding Cuts

NLRB funding would shrink by $12.8 million to $261.3 million. Both proposed DOL and NLRB reductions are less than the cuts that the Trump administration sought in its budget request. The legislation also includes some policy riders such as a provision that would reverse the 2015 NLRB decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc.

Cuts to Labor Dept., NLRB Funding Considered by House Panel

Some Democratic appropriators criticized parts of the legislation, including labor-related policy riders like a provision to block the NLRB from exercising jurisdiction over tribal governments. This would mean workers at those government-owned businesses, such as casinos, wouldn’t have the right to unionize under the National Labor Relations Act. “It even includes riders that will strip away essential protections that keep Americans safe at work,” committee ranking member Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said.

Monsanto Drags IARC Into the Depths of Its Disinformation Campaign on Glyphosate

Industry lobbyists have learned that a tried and true way to delay or block unwanted policy proposals is to attack the science supporting those policies and the integrity of the institutions that have conducted the science. We’ve seen this time and time again as plays in the disinformation playbook. One of these examples is continuing to play out right now. Monsanto and the American Chemistry Council have launched a full-throttle attack on the international scientific body, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), after it issued a review of the scientific literature in 2015 that concluded that the herbicide, glyphosate, is a probable carcinogen. The latest development in this years-long effort? A rider on the House version of the HHS appropriations bill that would prevent the National Institutes of Health from lending any financial support to IARC unless it agrees to push for reforms at IARC that have been called for by Lamar Smith and the House Science Committee at the bequest of the chemical industry.

Congress to Negotiate Defense Bill With Sage Grouse Protection Restrictions

Congress is set to begin ironing out differences in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week. The bill funds Department of Defense programs and activities. The House version of the must-pass bill includes a rider that would prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act for ten years. The lesser prairie-chicken and the American burying beetle would also be prevented from becoming listed as threatened or endangered.

Environmental Laws at Risk with Sneaky Rider

I am an American patriot who understands our need for national security as well as the need to preserve the last of our minimal wilderness areas and public lands. Congress is attacking critical laws in unexpected places, including the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). One of our nation’s military heroes, John McCain, has been a steady advocate for passing a clean bill out of respect for civilians and the men and women serving in our military. Congress should follow the leadership and standards he has set. I write this letter to inform the general public about riders attached to the NDAA. These riders will have grave consequences to our national forests and public lands. I encourage everyone to contact your senators and representatives on this issue.

Keep Your Paws Off: Three Ways Congress is Preying on Endangered Species Protections

The House Interior and Environment and House Energy & Water appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019 both contain poison-pill riders that would prohibit the listing of the imperiled greater sage grouse and remove protections for red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. These attacks on the Endangered Species Act are not new, but they are as urgent as ever. Please tell your members of Congress to oppose any anti-science riders affecting endangered species.

Additions to Defense Bill Attack Wildlife, Disrespect Rural Americans

As a veteran, I agree with the sentiment that a country worth defending is a country worth preserving. We, as a country, have made the moral commitment to save wildlife and to have wide expanses of wilderness. Who are we to rob another living creature of its life and well-being? Every species deserves the freedom to live safe from harm, and we deserve the freedom to view these creatures in their natural habitats. We must also be good caretakers of these resources to ensure that future generations have the same opportunities we have to experience these wild species and wild places. This is why I find the attacks on protections to threatened and endangered species disguised within the National Defense Authorization Act in Congress so disrespectful. It is disrespectful to the wild lands and wild species that I served to protect, and disrespectful to other rural Americans like me who grew up alongside these lands and were molded by them and the wildlife found there. It is also disrespectful to the men and women in America’s armed forces, who deserve to have a defense bill passed quickly and efficiently, untainted with maneuvering for policies that most Americans don’t believe in.

Keep the National Defense Authorization Act Focused on Our Military

In all my time in the military, I can't recall a sage-grouse being part of my unit, or any unit. And I certainly cannot recall any sage-grouse being dishonorably discharged, or selling military secrets to our enemies. Yet, some Republicans in Congress, led by Rep. Rob Bishop, are at it again, trying to include a rider in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that has nothing to do with our military and that would undo years of hard work conserving the sage-grouse and its habitat. The rider would undercut federal and state sage-grouse conservation plans, undoing years of hard work on sage-grouse conservation, and devastating Colorado's iconic public lands. It would also enact a 10-year ban on listing the Greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), ensuring a listing down the line.

Senate Committee OKs Labor Department Funding Cuts

The DOL funding in the Senate bill closely mirrors the House legislation. It seeks to cut the agency’s spending by about 7 percent to $12.1 billion. Both House and Senate bills would give the DOL more than the $10.9 billion the White House sought in its budget request. The Senate legislation is also free of several of the labor-related policy riders in the House version, including a provision to block the NLRB from exercising jurisdiction over tribal governments.