16 Dec '11, 9pm

Victory for Americans' Health and Environment: Most Dirty Riders Kept Out of Spending Bill

Over the past few weeks, Republican lawmakers have been trying to stuff the must-pass government spending bill with policy riders designed to weaken environmental safeguards . But thanks to President Obama and Democratic leaders, dozens of the worst anti-environmental have been kept out of the spending bill that Democratic and Republican lawmakers agreed on Thursday night. This is a victory for America’s environment and public health. The riders would have caused real harm to children living with asthma, to elders struggling with cardiac disease, to the waters we depend upon, and to the wild animals and landscapes we cherish. But it is a victory in a battle that we should never have had to fight. Spending bills should not be used to rewrite bedrock environmental laws or block progress in cleaning up our air and water. Riders just slow Congress’ work on spending bills and s...

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