House Democrats warn Speaker Johnson against ‘poison policy riders’ in congressional budget fight

Senior House Democrats are warning Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) not to acquiesce to conservative demands for controversial policy riders in proposed legislation to avert a scheduled government shutdown next week.

In a letter sent to Johnson on Friday, more than a dozen Democrats urged the speaker to advance must-pass appropriations bills without “harmful poison policy riders” that have been proposed by members of the House Freedom Caucus. The warning puts increased pressure on Johnson as he navigates the government spending fight just days before federal funding is set to lapse for a number of agencies.

“We are extremely concerned that the House Republican Leadership continues to advocate for policy riders that have been shown time and time again to be unpopular with the American people and obstacles to completing the appropriations process,” the letter states, according to a copy obtained by the Washington Examiner.
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