D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to help keep social riders out of the fiscal 2011 continuing resolution.
“We’re very concerned with what we’re hearing now that these funds are on the chopping block,” said Daniel Schuman, the group’s policy counsel. “The consequences would be dramatic.”
Schuman said $34 million is a small amount of money compared to the value these programs bring in terms of transparency. The Republicans “definitely do seem to care about these issues, which is why it’s surprising that the budget that passed the House would contain cuts to these vital programs,” Schuman said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.