NACA joins letter to oppose any House FY 2018 appropriations bills or packages which include harmful policy riders. Appropriations bills continue to be misused to undermine essential safeguards through poison pill “policy riders” – provisions that address extraneous and unpopular policy issues. Slipping unrelated and damaging issues into must-pass appropriations bills as a means to win approval is a dangerous strategy for the public.
NACA joined hundreds of organizations on a letter urging Congress to oppose any FY 2018 appropriations bills which include ideological policy riders. Appropriations bills have been used before to undermine essential safeguards through “policy riders” – provisions that address extraneous policy issues, and are slipped into appropriations bills to win approval as part of must-pass funding legislation. Contentious poison pill riders are intended to advance the priorities of special interest donors and supporters and should not be included in funding bills.
For Immediate Release:
Defunding Legal Services for Low-Income Americans Will Devastate Hardworking Families
Statement of Christine Hines, Legislative Director, National Association of Consumer Advocates
President Trump’s proposed FY2018 budget released today would shred the safety net by eradicating longstanding, critical programs that assist and support Americans in times of need.
The Huffington Post, Trump Budget Would Gut Legal Aid For Veterans, Domestic Abuse Victims And Disaster Survivors "The Trump administration unveiled its budget proposal on Thursday, suggesting Congress fully eliminate funding for LSC."