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AFP-IL Launches Labor Day Weekend Campaign Thanking LaHood for Prioritizing Fiscal Responsibility

Aug 29, 2019 by AFP

Grassroots group encourages Rep. LaHood to continue working to stop reckless spending

GENEVA, Ill. – Americans for Prosperity-Illinois (AFP-IL) today launched a new direct mail and digital effort thanking Rep. Darin LaHood for taking a principled stand for fiscal responsibility by voting against the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, and encouraging him to continue fighting against Washington’s reckless spending.

This campaign comes as August recess draws to a close and lawmakers prepare to return to Washington to work on the 12 annual must-pass appropriations bills. The direct mail and digital ads follow a month-long effort by AFP-IL to visit congressional district offices urging lawmakers to rein in spending and reject harmful policies like tax extenders and the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

 

View an example of the direct mail here

View an example of the digital ads here

“The latest bad budget deal showcased reckless spending increases, once again highlighting some lawmakers’ lack of regard for Illinoisans’ hard-earned tax dollars,” said AFP-IL State Director Andrew Nelms. “The upcoming spending bills are an opportunity for lawmakers to demonstrate to their constituents a commitment to fiscal responsibility and the prosperity of generations to come. We applaud Rep. LaHood for working to safeguard the country’s economic future and hope that he and his colleagues will stand strong for fiscal responsibility this fall.”

AFP opposed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 as it moved through Congress and urged President Trump to veto the measure in order to send Congress back to the drawing board. The deal raises spending levels by $320 billion and extends the debt limit until at least 2021, adding nearly $2 trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years. It puts the federal government on a path to see the “worst-case” scenario projected by the CBO.

The ad campaign, which is part of a broader effort across the country, also seeks to thank other members who have stood strong against wasteful spending: Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Corey Gardner (R-CO), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Thom Thillis (R-NC), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representatives Ted Budd (R-NC), Darin LaHood (R-IL), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Warren Davidson (R-OH), Tom Emmer (R-MN), George Holding (R-NC), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Greg Steube (R-FL), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Joe Cunningham (D-SC), Ron Kind (D-WI), Ben McAdams (D-UT), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Josh Harder (D-CA).

 

Background:

AFP Urges President Trump to Veto Budget Deal If It Reaches His Desk (8/1/19)

AFP: Budget Deal is a Direct Path to the CBO’s Worse-Case Crisis (7/23/19)

AFP Report: Looming Debt and Spending Crisis Threatens Standard of Living for All Americans (7/19/19)