16 Jul '11, 3am

This week was a tough one for the environment with attacks on basic safeguards:

A significant assault on health and environmental protection is underway in Congress. Lawmakers must pass 12 spending bills for fiscal 2012 to fund the government, and some House Republicans are seizing this opportunity to jam through unpopular anti-environmental policies that have nothing to do with spending . These anti-environmental provisions are called “riders” because they ride along on spending bills even though they do not cut federal spending one cent. They are bad policies pushed forward through a bad process. Riders are an end-run around Congressional procedures; they are designed to limit scrutiny and to push through policies that would otherwise never make it into law. Riders generally are not subjected to hearings or full debates. And by adding riders, Republicans are trying to take the spending bill hostage. They are saying to the Senate, “Go along with thes...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/riders.php

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