House Democrats To Boehner: Keep ACA Defunding Provisions Out Of Appropriations

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and 182 House Democrats have signed a letter asking Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to remove partisan riders from upcoming appropriations measures — in an effort to avoid yet another budgetary standoff. The letter cites “longstanding precedent” of not using appropriations bills as a vehicle of partisan politics, and Democrats argue “many of those [riders] included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan.” The included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, “roll back important clean air and clean water protections, and place new restrictions on women’s access to a full range of medical and health services, among others.”

Rebecca Leber