Coalition Letter to the White House on H.R. - US Climate Action

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					                                      March 31, 2011

The Honorable President Barack Obama                 The Honorable Vice President Joseph Biden

The White House                                      The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW                          1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500                                 Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama and Vice President Biden:

        The undersigned organizations, on behalf of our millions of members and supporters,
write today to express our strong opposition to inclusion of any policy riders in legislation that
will fund government operations for Fiscal Year 2011.

       There have not been any hearings related to these extraordinarily far-reaching proposals.
This back-door means of legislating does not allow for adequate debate about the merits of such
sweeping policy changes, which deserve full deliberation by both chambers in the course of the
normal legislative process.

        The House of Representatives' Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1), which was voted on one
month ago, included vast cuts and erected obstructions to critical public health, worker safety,
consumer, civil rights, and environmental programs. We urge you to adopt a strict policy of
rejecting all such provisions in subsequent 2011 spending bills, rather than negotiating one
harmful rider against another.

        We also have deep concerns about the level of the funding cuts, which we view as
irresponsible and harmful. However, these damaging policy riders have no place in this budget

       Sincerely,                                                Alaska Community Action on Toxics
9to5, National Association of Working Women            Alaska Wilderness League
Advocates for Youth                                    Alliance for Justice
AFL-CIO                                                Alliance to End Hunger
AIDS Foundation of Chicago                             American Association of University Professors
AIDS Project Los Angeles                               American Association of University Women
AIDS United                                            (AAUW)
Air Alliance Houston                                   American Bottom Conservancy
American Civil Liberties Union                        Community Food Security Coalition
The American Federation of State, County, and         Communications Workers of America
Municipal Employees (AFSCME)                          Concerned Citizens of Giles County LLC
American Humane Association                           Concerned Residents of Portland, NY + People
American Medical Women’s Association                  Like Us (Crop Plus)
American Public Health Association                    Connecticut Association for Community Action
American Rivers                                       (CAFCA)
Americans for UNFPA                                   Courage Campaign
The Arc of the United States                          DC Vote
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health              Defenders of Wildlife
Forum                                                 Democracy 21
Association of Farmworker Opportunity                 Disciples Justice Action Network
Programs                                              Downwinders at Risk
ATTIC, Inc.                                           Earthjustice
BCMW Community Services                               Earthworks
B.E. Cause                                            Economic Policy Institute
Blue Green Alliance                                   Environment America
Bread for the World                                   Environmental Integrity Project
Break the Cycle                                       EQUAL Health Network
Cascade AIDS Project                                  Every Child Matters
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Inc.                  Falls Church Housing Corporation
Center for Biological Diversity                       Families USA
Center for Family Policy and Practice                 First State Community Action Agency
Center for Food Safety                                Fresh Energy
Center for Health and Gender Equity                   Friends of Hudson
Center for Independent Living of South Florida,       Friends of the Earth
Inc.                                                  Georgians for Smart Energy Coalition
Center for Reproductive Rights                        Global Community Monitor
Center for Science in the Public Interest             Greenpeace
Center for Women Policy Studies                       Harm Reduction Coalition
Children’s Dental Health Project                      Health Care Without Harm
Citizens Against Coal Ash                             HealthHIV
Citizens Against Ruining the Environment              HIV Prevention Justice Alliance
(CARE)                                                Human Rights Campaign
Citizens’ Environmental Coalition                     Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Clean New York                                        Immigrant Service Providers Group/Health
Clean Water Action                                    Somerville, MA
Coalition on Human Needs                              International Center for Technology Assessment
Coalition for Justice                                 International Union, United Automobile,                                     Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers
Common Cause                                          of America (UAW)
Community Advocates for Safe Emissions, Inc.          Ipas
(CASE)                                                Kentucky Environmental Foundation

League of Conservation Voters                        We Need
League of Women Voters                               Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Legal Momentum                                       Religious Institute
Medical Students for Choice                          Rural Advancement Foundation International –
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy          USA (RAFI – USA)
Montanans Against Toxic Burning                      The Salvation Army Thrift Store and Service
Mountain Watershed Association                       Center
National Abortion Federation                         Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
National Association for the Advancement of          Save the Dunes
Colored People (NAACP)                               Save Our Rivers
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in       Service Employees International Union
Women’s Health                                       Sexuality Information and Education Council of
National Center for Transgender Equality             the U.S. (SIECUS)
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence         Sierra Club
National Council of Jewish Women                     Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Institute
National Council for Occupational Safety and         Justice Team
Health                                               Southern Illinois Continuum of Care Network
National Employment Law Project                      Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social
National Health Law Program                          Justice
National Latina Institute for Reproductive           Trust Women/Silver Ribbon Campaign
Health                                               Union of Concerned Scientists
National Minority AIDS Council                       United Cerebral Palsy
National Organization for Women                      United for a Fair Economy
National Partnership for Women & Families            Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition           Services (UCHAPS)
National Network of Abortion Funds                   Virginia Poverty Law Center
National Senior Citizens Law Center                  Voices for America’s Children
National WIC Association                             Voices for Illinois Children
National Women’s Conference Committee                Wabash Area Development, Inc.
National Women’s Law Center                          World Wildlife Fund
Natural Resource Defense Council                     YWCA USA
North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light              ZERO TO THREE
Northern California INALLIANCE
Ocean Conservancy
OMB Watch
Our Bodies Ourselves
The Partnership for Working Families
People For the American Way
Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health
Population Action International
Public Citizen
Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care