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.
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