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Grassroots group launches major campaign against wasteful government spending
Harrisburg, Pa. – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) today announced the start of a major campaign that will hold accountable Reps Lou Barletta and Matt Cartwright for their records on wasteful spending.
AFP’s Stop Overspending, or S.O.S. campaign, will kick off during the Memorial Day congressional recess with a significant six-figure radio, print, digital and direct mail effort targeting House Republicans and Democrats on spending – specifically their support for the $1.3 trillion March omnibus package – while they are home in their districts. The first wave of this campaign will also include ads thanking lawmakers who opposed the package because of its reckless spending.
“Washington’s poor stewardship of taxpayers’ money hurts every Pennsylvanian and folks in both parties are to blame. Lawmakers’ willingness to burden future generations with wasteful spending and unsustainable debt demonstrates a lack of respect for the taxpayers who pay the government’s bills,” said Beth Anne Mumford, AFP-PA State Director. “The new tax law was a huge step in the right direction, but runaway spending threatens to blunt the new law’s benefits. We thank Reps. Perry, Rothfus, Kelly, Boyle, and Smucker for voting against the omnibus. Moving forward, we call on Rep. Barletta, Rep. Cartwright, and the rest of Pennsylvania’s delegation to work toward restoring fiscal sanity in Washington – we can’t afford anything less.”
The effort will feature a video and website, www.StopOverspending.com, to inform the American people about the importance of reducing excessive and out-of-control federal spending and urging them to tell lawmakers to control Washington’s spending problem.
The recent $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill pushed total Washington spending above $4 trillion annually the first time and failed to make any reforms to entitlement programs, which are the major drivers of the national debt. While tax reform was a win for hard-working Americans, AFP has long-advocated the importance of pairing tax cuts with spending restraint to grow the economy and improve the lives of all Americans.
Fiscal year 2019 spending legislation, which will be considered later this year, will be the last chance before the midterm elections for members of Congress to prove that they can be trusted stewards of taxpayer dollars. AFP views the fall spending debate as a critical test for lawmakers and will be engaging grassroots activists throughout the summer to hold both parties accountable for reckless spending and stress the importance of getting spending under control.
President Trump has also expressed his disapproval with the spending in the omnibus bill and said at the bill signing, “I will never sign another bill like this again.”
In recent weeks, AFP has fought major boondoggles like the 2018 Farm Bill and called on lawmakers to repeal some omnibus bill spending by supporting President Trump’s rescission plan.
In his own words:
“…Congressman Cartwright Takes Seriously His Responsibility To Ensure That Government Is Utilizing Taxpayers’ Hard Earned Money Effectively. He Plans To Fight Hard To Combat Waste, Fraud, And Abuse, While Ensuring New Government Programs Focus On Growing Our Economy And Creating Opportunity.” “As a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Congressman Cartwright takes seriously his responsibility to ensure that government is utilizing taxpayers’ hard earned money effectively. He plans to fight hard to combat waste, fraud, and abuse, while ensuring new government programs focus on growing our economy and creating opportunity.” (“Fiscal Responsibility,” U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright, Accessed 5/17/18)
For further information or an interview, reach Lorenz Isidro at LIsidro@afphq.org or 703.887.7724
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 36 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org
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