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Has Biden Never Heard of Appropriations Riders?



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According to senator Biden, Congress cannot cut off funding for specific federal functions without defunding entire departments. That must be news to Congressional appropriators. For years, if not decades, Congress has attached riders to appropriations bills barring the expenditure of funds for specific purposes, in some cases on quite narrow items, such as drafting, implementing or enforcing a specific regulation.



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