Letter to Congress: Clean Budget Coalition on House FY 2019 "minibus"

July 16, 2018

July 16, 2018

Dear Representative,

As a part of the Clean Budget Coalition, we, the undersigned organizations write to ask you to oppose the House FY 2019 “minibus” packaging the Financial Services & General Government and Interior & Environment appropriations bills together.

This package is laden with ideological policy riders that are inappropriate for any funding bill.

Time and time again, members of Congress attempt to quietly slip in special interest wish list items that couldn’t pass as standalone legislation into must-pass funding packages as poison pill riders.

Appropriations bills must not be misused to undermine essential safeguards. Slipping unrelated and damaging issues into must-pass appropriations bills as a means to win approval is a dangerous strategy for the public.

Poison pill riders are unpopular and damaging, and the public opposes using them. The American people oppose rollbacks that would hinder government’s ability to:

  • Restrain Wall Street abuses;
  • Ensure safe and healthy food and products;
  • Secure our air, land, water and wildlife;
  • Safeguard fair and safe workplaces;
  • Guard against consumer rip-offs and corporate wrongdoing;
  • Defend our campaign finance and election systems;
  • Provide access to justice and fair housing;
  • Protect civil rights; and
  • Guarantee continued access to vital health care services including reproductive health care, and more.

We urge Members of Congress to abide by the funding numbers agreed upon in the deal to fund the essential programs our nation needs for FY19, and to reject any flawed spending measures that includes poison pill policy riders.


National groups:

2020 Vision

Action on Smoking and Health AFL-CIO


Alaska Wilderness League

American Association for Justice

American Federation of Teachers

American Rivers

Americans for Financial Reform

Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Bend the Arc Jewish Action

Black Women's Health Imperative

Center for Progressive Reform

Center for Reproductive Rights

Center for Responsible Lending

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)

Clean Water Action

Coalition on Human Needs

Common Cause

Communications Workers of America (CWA)

Compassion & Choices

Consumer Action

Consumer Federation of America

Democracy 21


Endangered Species Coalition

Environment America

Farmworker Justice

Food & Water Watch

Friends of the Earth - US

Green Science Policy Institute

Hip Hop Caucus

Hispanic Federation

Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings

Humane Society Legislative Fund

Impact Fund

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

International Chemical Workers Union Council (ICWUC)

International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, UAW

Jewish Women International

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

League of Conservation Voters

League of Women Voters of the United States

Main Street Alliance

NARAL Pro-Choice America

National Association of Consumer Advocates

National Birth Equity Collaborative

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Coalition for the Homeless

National Consumer Law Center (on behalf if its low income clients)

National Council of Jewish Women

National Education Association

National Employment Law Project

National Fair Housing Alliance

National Health Care for the Homeless Council

National Low Income Housing Coalition

National Women's Health Network

National Women's Law Center

Natural Resources Defense Council

New Progressive Alliance


People For the American Way


Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Population Institute

Power Shift Network

Protect All Children's Environment

Public Citizen

Public Knowledge

Rachel Carson Council

Restore America's Estuaries

Safe Climate Campaign

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Sierra Club

Southern Environmental Law Center

The Arc of the United States

The Wilderness Society


Union of Concerned Scientists

Voices for Progress

Witness to Mass Incarceration

Workplace Fairness

State and Local Groups:

California Reinvestment Coalition - CA

Citizens' Environmental Coalition - NY

Environmental Advocates of New York - NY

Equality California - CA

Florida Alliance for Consumer Protection - FL

Herd on the Hill - DC

Hispanic Federation - CT

Hispanic Federation - FL

New Jersey Association on Correction - NJ

New Jersey Citizen Action - NJ

New Yorkers for Responsible Lending (NYRL) - NY

Public Justice Center - MD

Save EPA Ann Arbor - MI

Save Our Sky Blue Waters - MN