07 Apr '11, 10pm

Shutting Down the Government for the Polluters

So much for cutting spending. Now it’s all about cutting a break for big polluters. The “pro-pollution” crowd is pressuring U.S. House budget negotiators to let the government shutdown if President Obama and Majority Leader Reid don’t agree to language that would cripple our ability to protect the health of Americans from dangerous air pollution. As NRDC’s Scott Slesinger says : “By attaching irrelevant anti-environmental riders to a spending bill that must pass to keep the government operating beyond Friday night, these politicians are showing they’re willing to hold the country hostage just to advance their narrow political agenda, with shameful disregard for the health, the economy and the people of America.” Make no mistake about it: The budget fight is no longer about spending cuts; the “riders” in the spending deal would not change the budget, they would just prohibi...

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