14 Dec '11, 5pm

Stop the Riders: GOP Lawmakers Slow Down Bills with Anti-Environmental Attacks

Stop the Riders: GOP Lawmakers Slow Down Bills with Anti-Environmental Attacks

Last night the House of Representatives passed a payroll tax bill, but at the same time they took Americans’ health and safety hostage. They used a bill Congress feels it must pass to jam through two riders that would weaken protections against polluters. One rider would allow industrial facilities to release more mercury, lead, and other toxins into the air we breathe. The other would enable the Keystone XL pipeline to go through the American Heartland without the environmental and safety review the White House deemed necessary . Neither of these efforts would likely succeed via normal legislative processes and they would get far more public scrutiny. That’s why the House Republican leadership is taking advantage of the urgent need to pass payroll tax credits, extend unemployment benefits, and allow doctors to be reimbursed adequately through Medicare—measures which milli...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/fbeinecke/stop_the_ride...

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