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Policy Riders

Congress Begins Pushing 'Poison-Pill' Riders Once Again

Earthjustice | Posted 04.29.2017 | Green

(Barbara Ferhat/Shutterstock) Written by Martin Hayden, Earthjustice Vice President, Policy & Legislation Spring has come to Washington and the Congr...

Congress Seeks to Strip Protections From Gray Wolves and Other Endangered Species

Earthjustice | Posted 11.24.2016 | Green

The current U.S. Congress is a minefield for all of our core environmental protection laws, including the Endangered Species Act. More than 80 bills and amendments have already been introduced this year in the U.S. House and Senate to weaken this vital law.

Inappropriate Appropriations

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 07.07.2016 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Congressional attacks on bedrock environmental laws are sadly nothing new. What is new, however, is the overwhelming magnitude and targeted nature of this recent wave of attacks. They are clearly intended to undermine the strength of lands, water and wildlife protections and would have disastrous implications for the future of conservation in the U.S.

No Transparency Where It Is Needed Most

Dan Glickman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Dan Glickman

The campaign finance deregulation policy rider to the spending legislation signed by the president is a final recognition by politicians of both parties that nothing will be done to prevent or even slow down the seemingly unstoppable march toward even more money in American politics.

Lynne Peeples

Passage Of 'Poisoned' Payroll Tax Bill Angers Environmental And Public Health Advocates | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.14.2011 | Green

Standing in the very same room in which landmark laws like the Clean Air Act were written, environmental and public health advocates expressed their d...

GOP Lawmakers Hold Spending and Tax Bills Hostage With Anti-Environmental Riders

Frances Beinecke | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Once again Congress is facing hard deadlines for must-pass legislation. And once again, GOP leaders are holding up the process with anti-environmental riders.

Sam Stein

Policy Riders Return: Health Care, Abortion, Prison And Porn-Related Measures Threaten Funding Bills | Sam Stein | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Efforts to fund the government for an extended period of time could dissolve over whether the government should purchase cable for...

After Months of Tea Party Attacks on the Environment, Glimmers of Sanity Emerge

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

A growing number of GOP lawmakers are starting to question the Tea Party's reckless overreach. They realize that anti-environmental efforts do not reflect the wishes of the American people.

Lucia Graves

House Republicans Take Aim At Environmental Regulations As Debt Crisis Looms | Lucia Graves | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With eight days until the country officially defaults on its debts, likely sparking a worldwide credit crisis, the House of Representati...

Most Anti-Environment House of Representatives in History Tries to Do More Damage

Frances Beinecke | Posted 09.18.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

With yet another barrage of anti-environment bills is on its way, Tea Party leaders in the House have dramatically stepped up their assault on America's environmental and public health safeguards.

Tea Party Leaders in House Resume Their Assault on Environmental Safeguards

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.13.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

House Republican leaders and their Tea Party colleagues are working to block any effort to update the protections that keep our air and water clean.

Elise Foley

Mike Pence: Spending Deal 'Probably Not Good Enough' To Vote For | Elise Foley | Posted 06.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), a leading conservative House Republican, said Sunday he will likely vote against a budget deal to cut about $3...

Elise Foley

Senate Dem Aide: Deal To Avert Shutdown Reached 1.5 Hours Before Deadline | Elise Foley | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) briefed his conference on the broad strokes of a government funding bill, aides behind the scenes...

Elise Foley

GOP Policy Leader: Boehner Will Need Dems To Pass Funding Deal | Elise Foley | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

This story has been updated. WASHINGTON -- A deal has been reached to keep the federal government running, but not all House Republicans are please...

Sam Stein

139 Groups Sign Letter Demanding Policy Riders Be Stripped From Govt. Funding Bill | Sam Stein | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of 139 groups have written a letter to the leadership in the Senate and the White House demanding that any continuing resolu...