Funny thing about rider bills: Bill Clinton actually outlawed their use, and for a few short years there were none. Of course, one of the first things GW changed was to allow their use again. So ever since, its been business as usual. Unfortunately. Because the biggest problem, is that all someone has to do is attach a rider bill for something like dumping toxic waste in the ocean to a bill for child welfare. That way if a politician votes against it, it will effectively be career suicide because at the next election, people will say, "this man voted against child welfare. Do you really want this man representing you." Which is exactly the reason Bill Clinton didn't want their use.