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Published: February 2020

Congress: Pass a clean budget for FY2021

Coalition: Clean Budget Coalition

Advocates called on Congress to pass an upcoming federal budget that funds the things that Americans care about, not undo essential consumer and environmental safeguards through policy riders. Policy riders are attached to legislation and rarely have anything to do with the bill. In fact, most riders are handouts to big corporations and special favors for interest groups that could not become law on their own merits. As Congress prepares the federal budget for fiscal year 2021, no appropriations titles, package of bills, or continuing resolutions should pass if they contain poison pill policy riders that go against the public interest, including policies that ensure safe and healthy food, restrain Wall Street abuses, provide access to justice and fair housing, and guarantee access to safe healthcare.

The Clean Budget Coalition believes that harmful riders have no place in legislation that funds our government. Advocates called on members of Congress to fully fund important public services and to reject any flawed bills that fail to remove poison pill policy riders that would undo essential public safeguards.

Lead Organization

Public Citizen

Other Organizations

20/20 Vision | AFL-CIO | AFSCME | Alaska Wilderness Action | American Association for Justice | American Bird Conservatory | Americans for Financial Reform | American Federation of Teachers | Animal Wellness Action | Austistic Self Advocacy Network | Bend the Arc Jewish Action | Center for American Progress | Center for Biological Diversity | Center for Reproductive Rights | Center for Science in the Public Interest | Coalition on Human Needs | Coalition for Health Funding | Common Cause | Communications Workers of America | Consumer Federation of America | Defenders of Wildlife | Democracy 21 | Earthjustice | Endangered Species Coalition | GreenLatinos | Greenpeace USA | Harrington Investments, Inc. | Humane Society Legislative Fund | Impact Fund | Innovative Green Builders | The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy | International Fund for Animal Welfare | Jewish Council for Public Affairs | The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights | League of Conservation Voters | Main Street Alliance | NARAL Pro-Choice America | National Association for College Admission Counseling | National Association of Consumer Advocates | National Center for Lesbian Rights | National Coalition for the Homeless | National Community Reinvestment Coalition | National Council of Jewish Women | National Employment Law Project | National Employment Lawyers Association | National Fair Housing Alliance | National Low Income Housing Coalition | National Partnership for Women & Families | National Women’s Law Center | Natural Resources Defense Council | New Jersey Association on Correction | New Progressive Alliance | Ocean Conservancy | Planned Parenthood Federation of America | People for the American Way | People’s Action | Public Citizen | Public Knowledge | Rachel Carson Council | Safe Climate Campaign | SEIU | Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States | Sierra Club | Union of Concerned Scientists | The United State of Women | U.S. PIRG | Voices for Progress | The Wilderness Society | Woodstock Institute

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To learn more, visit the Clean Budget Coalition.

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