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Tell Democratic leadership: Don’t cave to Republican hostage-taking on the budget

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    Tell Democratic leadership: Don’t cave to Republican hostage-taking on the budget

    Must-pass bills to keep the government funded have become the favorite way for conservative extremists and corporate lobbyists to sneak handouts and right-wing attacks into federal law. But this year, the threat could be even worse.1

    That’s because Speaker Paul Ryan has decided the House will attempt appropriations through “regular order” – funding the government through 12 smaller bills, instead of one big omnibus bill as in years past. This change could give conservatives and corporate lobbyists dozens and dozens of opportunities hold government funding hostage in order to achieve a right-wing agenda, putting everything from reproductive health to Wall Street reform at risk.2

    With the most extreme elements in the Republican party driving the agenda in the House, this is the time to lay down markers and tell the Democratic leadership in Congress to hold the line and not cave to hostage-taking.

    Tell Democratic leadership: Don’t cave to Republican hostage-taking on budget.

    Republicans and corporate Democrats have previously attempted to use funding bills to defund Planned Parenthood and help big banks.3 In late 2014, Republicans and corporate Democrats inserted a Wall Street handout written by Citibank lobbyists into an end-of-year spending deal.4 In the years following, Republicans continued to try to insert bank handouts in major bipartisan compromise legislation like the highway bill or must-pass bills to fund the government and avoid a shutdown.5,6

    If recent reports are right, the potential riders on budget legislation looks like a right-wing wish list:7,8

    • Defunding Planned Parenthood
    • Dismantling campaign finance reform
    • Threatening the safety of our air, water, and food
    • Undermining the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by Sen. Warren
    • Blowing holes in Wall Street reform
    • Blocking President Obama’s Labor Department from protecting investors from shady, self-serving investment advisors

    Most of these policy proposals would not pass Congress – and would not escape a veto – if considered on their own. But if they can be attached as a rider on a funding bill, they are almost guaranteed to become law. Essentially, Republicans are willing to hold government funding hostage in order to win right-wing policy goals such as attacking environmental protections, undermining the right to abortion, or doing Wall Street’s bidding. We’ve seen it happen before, and we can’t let it happen again.

    Tell Democratic leadership: Don't cave to Republican hostage-taking on budget.

    Speaker Ryan’s attempt to return to regular order and pass separate funding bill for the first time since the mid 1990’s shouldn’t turn into a free-for-all for right-wing Republicans and corporate cronies. A coalition of more than 100 organizations is already calling on Congress to pass clean budget bills, with no riders.9

    We need to show that the American people will stand against any attempt to hold hostage government funding to the whims of right-wing legislators and corporate lobbyists.

    Tell Democratic leadership: Don't cave to Republican hostage-taking on budget.

    Thank you for speaking out.

    1. Lisa Gilbert, “The Danger From Appropriations Riders,” Huffington Post, March 17, 2016.
    2. Ibid.
    3. Ibid.
    4. David Dayen, “Inside Wall Street’s new heist: How big banks exploited a broken Democratic caucus,” Salon.com, December 16, 2014.
    5. Carter Dougherty, “Warren Tries to Head Off Wall Street Gifts on Congressional Christmas Trees,” InsideSources, November 4, 2015.
    6. Zach Carter, “House Republicans Are Trying To Slip Bank Deregulation Into Highway Bill,” Huffington Post, November 3, 2015.
    7. Clean Budget Coalition Letter on FY2017 Appropriations Riders,” ConsumerAdvocates.org, February 8, 2016.
    8. Carter, “House Republicans Are Trying To Slip Bank Deregulation Into Highway Bill.”
    9. Clean Budget Coalition Letter on FY2017 Appropriations Riders.”