Conservation groups say legislative “riders” threaten environment


  • Randy Showstack


Conservation groups count more than 50 instances of antienvironmental language, or “riders,” attached to appropriations bills to fund the U.S. federal government that Congress will vote on before it adjourns in early October.

This “stealth” legislative strategy of relying on riders rather than stand-alone bills could determine whether the 105th Congress is the most antienvironment Congress in history, says Roger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife.