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Grassroots group encourages lawmakers to embrace Collins’ approach to COVID Relief
Arlington, Va. – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) issued a letter to Congress and President Biden encouraging careful consideration of the approach to coronavirus relief advanced by Sen. Collins and nine of her colleagues. The letter notes that while details of the plan are not perfect, they point toward a more effective and responsible approach to addressing the challenges posed by coronavirus and the economic pain that has accompanied it. The proposal put forth by Sen. Collins and her colleagues is a smart and sensible approach with key elements that already have support from both parties and should serve as the framework for negotiations.
In the letter, AFP Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner writes:
As policymakers debate the scope of this package, some express the view that “the risk is not in going too big, it’s in going too small.” That is a false choice. Taking a timely, temporary, and targeted approach isn’t “small.” It’s smart. Washington repeatedly confuses big spending with smart or effective policy. The result has been bad policy, disappointing results, and more debt. Americans deserve better than the same ‘go big’ rationalizations that seem to come whenever there’s a crisis to leverage.
The letter outlines areas where Republicans and Democrats agree on the value of new legislation and where the provisions of the coalition proposal offer a better way to achieve the same goals:
View the letter in its entirety here.
AFP recently issued a key vote alert urging opposition to the empty “shell” bill that lawmakers intend to use to pass President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID spending proposal, which fails to accomplish the key goals of defeating the virus and recovering stronger, while also piling up debt and imposing counterproductive policies that would hurt the people who need the help. The group believes any COVID relief spending during these extraordinary times should be timely, temporary, and targeted to those hit hardest by the pandemic.