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AFP Launches Campaign Urging Sen. Manchin to Reject President Biden’s $1.9 Trillion COVID Package

Feb 23, 2021 by AFP

Grassroots group calls for timely, temporary, targeted relief

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Americans for Prosperity-West Virginia (AFP-WV) today joined a national comprehensive, integrated campaign to mobilize its grassroots activists against President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID package, which is packed with unnecessary spending for long-standing partisan priorities and will do nothing to end the pandemic or help the economy recover stronger – even as $1 trillion of earlier COVID assistance remains unspent. AFP-WV believes any COVID relief spending should be timely, temporary, and targeted to those hit hardest by the pandemic.

The grassroots group’s national campaign focuses on 13 key states, including West Virginia, and includes a robust direct-mail, digital, and radio advertising campaign to supplement the work of its grassroots teams. Senator Manchin will continue to hear from AFP-WV activists and their constituents urging the rejection of this bloated spending package.

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AFP-WV State Director Jason Huffman issued the following statement:

“Senator Manchin is right to support more targeted COVID relief, but now is not the time to increase the costs of hiring workers for small businesses who are already struggling and when millions are out of work. Any COVID relief spending during these extraordinary times should be timely, temporary, and targeted to those hit hardest by the pandemic. Instead of fulfilling a partisan wish list, we must prioritize stopping the virus and getting Americans back to work, quickly and safely. Sen. Manchin is uniquely positioned to help put our country on the path towards economic recovery. We urge Sen. Manchin to consider our country’s fiscal health and reject harmful bailouts.”

Sample Radio Script:

More than a trillion in pandemic money remains unspent.

So why is President Biden pushing for another $2 trillion?

To bailout insurance companies and reckless state governments.

To double the cost of hiring workers for struggling small businesses, eliminating jobs.

This isn’t targeted relief to those who need it.

It’s a partisan wish list that won’t help us recover.

Visit RejectBailouts.com.

Tell Senator Joe Manchin to side with West Virginians and REJECT this partisan wish list.

Paid for by Americans for Prosperity

Background:

AFP’s national campaign focuses on scaling its activists’ efforts in 13 states to urge their lawmakers to reject President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID package and instead support policies that would defeat the virus and help the economy recover stronger.

AFP has set up a unique web page at RejectBailouts.com that empowers individuals to contact their lawmakers and urge them to reject the so-called relief bill. The grassroots group will also launch targeted direct-mail, layered digital ads, radio advertisements, and other tactics beginning this week in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Ohio, New Hampshire, Utah, and West Virginia.

AFP’s efforts currently focus on the following U.S. Senators: Lisa Murkowski (AK), Mark Kelly (AZ), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), Jon Ossoff (GA), Raphael Warnock (GA), Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), Angus King (ME), Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS), Maggie Hassan (NH), Rob Portman (OH), Mitt Romney (UT), and Joe Manchin (WV).

The grassroots group recently released its “Save Lives. Save Livelihoods. Recover Stronger” policy agenda to focus Congress and the Biden administration’s attention during the first 100 days on two of the biggest challenges facing Americans: ending the pandemic and helping the economy recover stronger. The agenda outlines a two-part plan to save lives with an “all-of-the-above” approach to addressing COVID-19 and save livelihoods by getting people back to work safely and getting the economy moving again. Doing both while preventing bad policy will put us on a path to recover stronger.

Additional Resources:

AFP President Tim Phillips and Minority Whip of the U.S. House Steve Scalise: Washington Post: Opinion: We already went ‘big’ on coronavirus relief. More of the same won’t solve the problem.