Keep the Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations Budget Free of Riders

April 26, 2017

April 25, 2017

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, Minority Leader Pelosi, Chairman

Cochran, Ranking Member Leahy, Chairman Frelinghuysen, and Ranking Member Lowey,

On behalf of our millions of members and supporters across the country, we urge you to negotiate a clean FY17 spending package that is free of any damaging anti-environmental, anti-science riders. These riders have no place in the appropriations process. They would damage vital public health and conservation safeguards that families across the nation value, and would only serve to inject more unpredictability and complications into an already challenging appropriations process.

We are alarmed at the profusion of policy riders targeting conservation programs and the environment. Nearly 150 anti-environmental poison pill riders were included across the FY17 appropriations bills and these would drastically undermine protections for our air, water, land, and wildlife. Americans will not stand for this assault on our families’ safety and our nation’s natural places, and they will support you in resisting every damaging anti-environmental, anti-science rider.

These riders’ consequences would be immediate and devastating for families. They would threaten public health, and would pollute the drinking water of communities across the country. They would undercut agencies’ ability to respond to climate change, and our nation’s capacity to move forward on clean, affordable and sustainable energy efforts. Furthermore, they would irreparably damage bedrock conservation laws that an overwhelming majority of Americans strongly support: the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Wilderness Act, Antiquities Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and more.

We  urge  you  to  negotiate  a  final  FY17  appropriations  package  that  is  completely  free  of  damaging  anti- environmental, anti-science riders.

Thank you for considering our views. Sincerely,

Alaska Wilderness League

American Acquisition Services, LLC American Bird conservancy

American Society of Landscape Architects

Arizona Conservation Partners

Atomic Heritage Foundation

Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project California Wilderness Coalition Californians for Western Wilderness Cascadia Wildlands

Center for Biological Diversity

Clean Water Action

Conserve Southwest Utah

Corporate Accountability International

Defenders of Wildlife Earthjustice Earthworks

East Bay Regional Park District Endangered Species Coalition Environment America

Environmental Protection Information Center

Environmental Working Group - EWG

Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Kalmiopsis

Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

Grand Canyon Trust

Great Old Broads for Wilderness Green Science Policy Institute GreenLatinos

Greenpeace USA Interfaith Power & Light

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Islanders for the San Juan Islands National Monument Kentucky Heartwood

Kestrel Land Trust

Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center

League of Conservation Voters

Los Padres ForestWatch

Marine Conservation Institute

Maryland League of Conservation Voters Michigan League of Conservation Voters Milwaukee Riverkeeper

Mountain Lion Foundation

National Audubon Society

National Ocean Protection Coalition National Parks Conservation Association National Wildlife Refuge Association National Wolfwatcher Coalition

Native Plant Conservation Campaign Natural Resources Defense Council North Country Trail Association Oblong Land Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy


Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund Oregon Natural Desert Association Oregon Wild

Palouse Land Trust

Partnership for the National Trails System Population Connection Action Fund Predator Defense

Protect the Wolves

Quality Parks

Red Wolf Coalition, Inc. Restore America's Estuaries San Juan Citizens Alliance Save Wolves Now

Scenic America

Sierra Club

Soda Mountain Wilderness Council Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance St. Croix River Association

Students for a Just and Stable Future Sylvia Earle Alliance / Mission Blue Texas League of Conservation Voters The Mountain Pact

The Trust for Public Land

The Trustees

The Wilderness Society The Wildlands Network Tuleyome

Turtle Island Restoration Network

Union of Concerned Scientists

Unites States Tour Operators Association

Vet Voice Foundation

Voyageurs National Park Association

Washington Wild

Western Nebraska Resources Council

Western Watersheds Project

WildEarth Guardians

Wolf Conservation Center

Wyoming Untrapped