Letter to Speaker Boehner


By:  Steny Hoyer Pedro Pierluisi Jim McGovern Rick Larsen Karen Bass Carolyn McCarthy John Conyers, Jr. Ed Markey Loretta Sanchez Charlie Rangel Bruce Braley Ed Towns Debbie Wasserman Schultz Jerry Nadler Mike Thompson Peter DeFazio Kilili Sablan Ron Kind Allyson Schwartz Bill Keating Mike Ross Bill Owens Adam Smith Stephen Lynch John Tierney Bob Brady Jim Costa Maurice Hinchey Jan Schakowsky Dale Kildee Joe Baca, Sr. Rush Holt, Jr. Leonard Boswell Diana DeGette Carolyn Maloney Eliot Engel José Serrano Silvestre Reyes Mark Critz Martin Heinrich Janice Hahn Nita Lowey Chellie Pingree Louise Slaughter Mazie Hirono Mike Capuano Gregory Meeks Yvette Clarke Nydia Velázquez Jim Cooper Tim Walz Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Donna Edwards Charlie Gonzalez Jared Polis John Sarbanes Albio Sires Dutch Ruppersberger Emanuel Cleaver II Brad Miller Cedric Richmond Brian Higgins Pete Visclosky Dave Loebsack Barbara Lee Joe Crowley John Dingell Zoe Lofgren Steve Israel Kathy Hochul Dennis Cardoza Jesse Jackson, Jr. Luis Gutiérrez Richard Neal Barney Frank Adam Schiff Elijah Cummings Sam Farr Alcee Hastings, Sr. Jerry McNerney Ted Deutch Terri Sewell Marcia Fudge G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Lynn Woolsey Bill Pascrell, Jr. Henry Cuellar André Carson Eni Faleomavaega Hank Johnson, Jr. Earl Blumenauer Linda Sánchez Gary Ackerman Mike Honda Hansen Clarke Maxine Waters Peter Welch Eddie Johnson Howard Berman Gene Green Jim Himes Jackie Speier Donna Christensen David Cicilline Russ Carnahan Niki Tsongas Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Bennie Thompson David Price Jim Clyburn Ben Chandler III Mel Watt Chris Murphy Colleen Hanabusa Madeleine Bordallo Betty Sutton Gary Peters Ed Pastor Gerry Connolly Keith Ellison Shelley Berkley John Olver Ed Perlmutter Steve Cohen Betty McCollum Anna Eshoo Judy Chu Bobby Rush Ben Lujan, Jr. Brad Sherman Al Green John Garamendi Sheila Jackson Lee Mike Doyle Lacy Clay, Jr. Joe Courtney Bob Filner Steve Rothman Gwen Moore John Carney, Jr. Sanford Bishop, Jr. Jim Matheson Marcy Kaptur Xavier Becerra Bobby Scott Rosa DeLauro Doris Matsui Tim Bishop John Barrow Tim Ryan John Larson Sandy Levin Grace Napolitano Dennis Kucinich Mike Quigley Tammy Baldwin Raúl Grijalva Rob Andrews Lloyd Doggett II Kathy Castor Laura Richardson Jay Inslee Jim McDermott Corrine Brown Jason Altmire Frederica Wilson Danny Davis Lois Capps Pete Stark George Miller Chaka Fattah, Sr. Susan Davis John Lewis Eleanor Norton Jim Langevin David Scott Lucille Roybal-Allard Frank Pallone, Jr. Donald Payne Paul Tonko Henry Waxman Jim Moran, Jr. John Yarmuth
Date: Nov. 1, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) was joined by 182 Democrats on a letter sent today to Speaker Boehner, opposing Republicans' inclusion of partisan policy riders in must-pass appropriations bills:

"The American people expect us to work together to create jobs, grow the economy, and reduce the deficit -- not take the government to the brink of a shutdown by including partisan, ideological policy riders in appropriations bills," said Whip Hoyer. "That's why Democrats are sending a letter to Republicans asking them to live up to their pledge to not use must-pass legislation to advance a partisan agenda. We note that not all policy riders are objectionable, and ask that controversial policy riders be removed from these bills. I hope Republicans will work with us on this issue, and focus on getting Americans back to work."

Below is the text of the letter and the full list of Democrats signing the letter:

Dear Mr. Speaker:

We write with deep concern about the inclusion of policy riders in FY2012 appropriations legislation. As you know, there is longstanding precedent not to use appropriations bills to enact major changes in national policy, and the bills being reported from Appropriations subcommittees this year violate that precedent.

While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. 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. These appropriations bills appear to any knowledgeable observer as an attempt to push through both chambers an extreme, partisan agenda outside the regular order you so strongly advocated in the Pledge to America, which declares an end to "the practice of packaging unpopular bills with "must-pass' legislation to circumvent the will of the American people."

As appropriators continue working to meet funding thresholds in the Budget Control Act, it is important that Republicans not risk a government shutdown by playing politics with appropriations bills. Democrats oppose the inclusion of controversial policy riders, which are unlikely to pass the Senate, and we urge you to see that they are removed. The American people expect Congress to take the necessary steps to create jobs for the middle class, spur the growth of our economy, and lower our deficits, and it is our hope that Republicans will work with Democrats on a bipartisan path forward that will meet these expectations as well as the obligations set forth in the Budget Control Act.


Steny Hoyer (MD-05)
Gary Ackerman (NY-05)
Jason Altmire (PA-04)
Robert Andrews (NJ-01)
Joe Baca (CA-43)
Tammy Baldwin (WI-02)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Karen Bass (CA-33)
Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
Shelley Berkley (NV-01)
Howard Berman (CA-28)
Sanford Bishop (GA-02)
Timothy Bishop (NY-01)
Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)
Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL)
Leonard Boswell (IA-03)
Robert Brady (PA-01)
Bruce Braley (IA-01)
Corrine Brown (FL-03)
G. K. Butterfield (NC-01)
Lois Capps (CA-23)
Michael Capuano (MA-08)
Dennis Cardoza (CA-18)
Russ Carnahan (MO-03)
John Carney (DE-AL)
Andre Carson (IN-07)
Kathy Castor (FL-11)
Ben Chandler (KY-06)
Donna MC Christensen (VI-AL)
Judy Chu (CA-32)
David Cicilline (RI-01)
Hansen Clarke (MI-13)
Yvette Clarke (NY-11)
William Lacy Clay (MO-01)
Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)
James Clyburn (SC-06)
Steve Cohen (TN-09)
Gerry Connolly (VA-11)
John Conyers (MI-14)
Jim Cooper (TN-05)
Jim Costa (CA-20)
Joe Courtney (CT-02)
Mark Critz (PA-12)
Joseph Crowley (NY-07)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
Danny Davis (IL-07)
Susan Davis (CA-53)
Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
Diana DeGette (CO-01)
Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)
Ted Deutch (FL-19)
John Dingell (MI-15)
Lloyd Doggett (TX-25)
Michael Doyle (PA-14)
Donna Edwards (MD-04)
Keith Ellison (MN-05)
Eliot Engel (NY-17)
Anna Eshoo (CA-14)
Eni Faleomavaega (AS-AL))
Sam Farr (CA-17)
Chaka Fattah (PA-02)
Bob Filner (CA-51)
Barney Frank (MA-04)
Marcia Fudge (OH-11)
John Garamendi (CA-10)
Charles Gonzalez (TX-20)
Gene Green (TX-29)
Al Green (TX-09)
Raul M. Grijalva (AZ-07)
Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
Janice Hahn (CA-36)
Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01)
Alcee Hastings (FL-23)
Martin Heinrich (NM-01)
Brian Higgins (NY-27)
Jim Himes (CT-04)
Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15)
Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
Kathy Hochul (NY-26)
Rush Holt (NJ-12)
Michael Honda (CA-15)
Jay Inslee (WA-01)
Steve Israel (NY-02)
Jesse Jackson (IL-02)
Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Hank Johnson (GA-04)
Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
William Keating (MA-10)
Dale Kildee (MI-05)
Ron Kind (WI-03)
Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)
James Langevin (RI-02)
Rick Larsen (WA-02)
John Larson (CT-01)
Barbara Lee (CA-09)
Sander Levin (MI-12)
John Lewis (GA-05)
Dave Loebsack (IA-02)
Zoe Lofgren (CA-16)
Nita Lowey (NY-18)
Ben-Ray Lujan (NM-03)
Stephen Lynch (MA-09)
Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)
Edward Markey (MA-07)
Jim Matheson (UT-02)
Doris Matsui (CA-05)
Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04)
Betty McCollum (MN-04)
Jim McDermott (WA-07)
James McGovern (MA-03)
Jerry McNerney (CA-11)
Gregory Meeks (NY-06)
Brad Miller (NC-13)
George Miller (CA-07)
Gwen Moore (WI-04)
James Moran (VA-08)
Chris Murphy (CT-05)
Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)
Grace Napolitano (CA-38)
Richard Neal (MA-02)
Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL)
John Olver (MA-01)
Bill Owens (NY-23)
Frank Pallone (NJ-06)
Bill Pascrell (NJ-08)
Ed Pastor (AZ-04)
Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Ed Perlmutter (CO-07)
Gary Peters (MI-09)
Pedro Pierluisi (PR-AL)
Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
Jared Polis (CO-02)
David Price (NC-04)
Mike Quigley (IL-05)
Charles Rangel (NY-15)
Silvestre Reyes (TX-16)
Laura Richardson (CA-37)
Cedric Richmond (LA-02)
Mike Ross (AR-04)
Steven Rothman (NJ-09)
Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)
C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02)
Bobby Rush (IL-01)
Timothy Ryan (OH-17)
Gregorio Sablan (MP-AL)
Linda Sanchez (CA-39)
Loretta Sanchez (CA-47)
John Sarbanes (MD-03)
Janice Schakowsky (IL-09)
Adam Schiff (CA-29)
Allyson Schwartz (PA-13)
David Scott (GA-13)
Robert Scott (VA-03)
Jose Serrano (NY-16)
Terri Sewell (AL-07)
Brad Sherman (CA-27)
Albio Sires (NJ-13)
Louise McIntosh Slaughter (NY-28)
Adam Smith (WA-09)
Jackie Speier (CA-12)
Pete Fortney Stark (CA-13)
Betty Sutton (OH-13)
Bennie Thompson (MS-02)
Mike Thompson (CA-01)
John Tierney (MA-06)
Paul Tonko (NY-21)
Edolphus Towns (NY-10)
Niki Tsongas (MA-05)
Chris Van Hollen (MD-08)
Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)
Peter Visclosky (IN-01)
Tim Walz (MN-01)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20)
Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Melvin Watt (NC-12)
Henry Waxman (CA-30)
Peter Welch (VT-AL)
Frederica Wilson (FL-17)
Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)
John Yarmuth (KY-03)