Say NO to Ideological Riders in the Funding Bill
Congress recently passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314), a budget deal that ends sequestration in a fair and responsible manner and ensures communities are healthy, safe, and secure. However, Congress still needs to pass a funding bill by December 11 to keep the government open.
With sequestration lifted, we need your help to urge your members of Congress to fund important programs and avoid ideological policy riders that would risk passage of this spending measure!
Take action today and tell Congress that the FY2016 appropriations should:
- Promote education and economic security: AAUW strongly opposes cuts to the Pell Grant programs, which allow more than eight million low- and moderate-income students to attend and complete college.
- Defend civil rights: AAUW urges the protection of Violence Against Women Act and Victims of Crime (VOCA) programs, which improve the system-wide response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In addition, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights needs increased resources to continue its vigorous work on Title IX.
- Protect women’s health: AAUW supports funding for the Title X Family Planning program and other federally funded preventive services that helped to avoid 2 million unintended pregnancies in 2013.
- Reject ideological riders: This refers to provisions that relate to policy issues rather than funding allocations, and they threaten the strength of the budget agreement and risk government shutdown yet again. These poison pill riders include limiting women’s access to health care and tying the hands of government enforcement agencies.
Our economy and communities should not be damaged to make a political point. Urge your members of Congress to build off of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 to promote job creation and economic security, defend the civil rights of Americans, and protect women’s rights!