Invite Members to Participate in November 17 “Twitter Storm” at 1 p.m.
Empower Missouri and the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) have joined the Clean Budget Coalition—a group of more than 200 organizations—to urge Congress and the White House to adopt a “clean budget.” We ask them to reject harmful policy riders that could prevent lawmakers from enacting a final full-year spending package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. Whenever Congress uses a Continuing Resolution to fund essential programs, it puts vital investments like affordable housing, healthcare, and nutrition programs at risk.
What is a policy rider? A rider is an additional provision added to a bill that is under consideration that has little connection to the subject matter of the bill to which it is attached. Riders tend to be of two varieties: 1) Some are a “hold your nose and vote” tactic to pass something that is so controversial that it would not pass on its own without the urgency of the underlying bill to help it along. Examples of these kinds of riders are anti-immigrant provisions, bans on funding Planned Parenthood, attacks on same sex marriage or transgender protections, or tax breaks for various special interest campaign contributors. 2) Others are of the “poison pill” variety, so controversial that they are meant to stop a positive vote that would pass a bill or approve a budget.
If Congress does not approve full-year FY 2017 spending bills for the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Agriculture (USDA) and instead passes a long-term stopgap spending measure known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), these agencies will see a steep shortfall in funding. This could result in deep cuts to critical housing and nutrition programs, placing thousands of families and children at risk of increased housing and food insecurity.
For more information on how long-term CR will negatively impact affordable housing programs, click here: http://bit.ly/2aK61e1.
Empower Missouri members are invited to join a “Twitter Storm” on Thursday, November 17 at 1 p.m. CST. Join us in telling Congress to say no to harmful policy riders. Recommended hashtags include #noriders #cleanbudget #doyourjob #getitdone #finishthebudget #omnibus and #thankful.
Here are some sample tweets:
- 1000s of low income families may lose access to #affordablehousing unless #Congress passes a #cleanbudget ASAP
- Without a #cleanbudget, Congress would put vital investments in food and #affordablehousing at risk.
- The #affordablehousing crisis is reaching new heights. This is not the time to put vital investments at risk. Pass a #cleanbudget.
- America is stronger when families have #affordablehousing. Tell Congress to pass a #cleanbudget ASAP to protect vital investments.