Once again, polluter-funded members of Congress are hell-bent on hijacking the government funding process to ram through a year-end spending package that cuts deep into key environmental priorities and targets crucial public health protections.
A batch of toxic “riders”—legislative threats inserted into must-pass bills that they have nothing to do with—in this year’s spending bill would exploit our national forests and public lands, attack vital clean water and clean air safeguards, target endangered species, and undermine the public’s ability to hold our government and wealthy polluters accountable when they break environmental protection laws.
We urge members of Congress to advance a spending bill that is free of poisonous riders and adequately funds priorities to keep our communities healthy and safe. Tell your legislators to oppose ALL anti-environmental riders in government spending legislation.
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Hello. My name is [Full Name] from [City and State] and I urge legislator ____ to oppose all policy “riders” on fiscal year (FY) 2018 spending bills. I am particularly concerned about four riders that would:
Exempt the state of Alaska from the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule (“Roadless Rule”), one of the most significant forest conservation measures of the last century that protects nearly 50 million acres of wild national forest lands nationwide from logging and new logging roads.
Aim to shield the Administration's repeal of the Clean Water Rule from public and legal scrutiny. This important clean water safeguard protects the drinking water sources for 117 million people.
Block federal protections for wolves in Wyoming and three Midwest states and would block citizens’ ability to go to court to challenge these legislative wolf delistings.
Block or delay critical, science-based updates to national standards to protect communities from ozone (or smog). Smog causes breathing problems, asthma attacks, and even premature death.
NOTE: Some offices have been getting so many calls, so if you receive a busy signal please consider calling back later. In the meantime, if you haven’t already you can send your legislators a message: stand strong against any proposal to pass toxic “riders”—legislative threats inserted into must-pass bills.