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Miakemi t1_j0l22px wrote

Riders on bills are like politician passion projects. They either get something super specific that they want or they use it to sink an otherwise good/important bill or as a political weapon (a while ago Republicans stuck CHIP renewal to a bill the Democrats we’re refusing to sign right before the program was going to expire and then billed it as Democrats being monsters for not wanting to cover child healthcare).

Plus, line item veto by the president was found unconstitutional at some point, so if the bill passes, the rider passes. In this case, it’s a good thing but