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Arlington, Va. – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) issued the following statement after President Biden unveiled the framework of a so-called infrastructure package expected to spend as much as $4 trillion on programs that have little to do with improving roads and bridges but would harm the economy, increase taxes that would crush small businesses getting back on their feet, and would altogether represent a massive expansion of the federal government’s control over businesses, workers, and the economy as a whole.
AFP will bring to bear the full weight of its grassroots activist network across the country to urge lawmakers to reject harmful elements of the proposal and consider alternative solutions that could rebuild our economy, make improvements to infrastructure, and address other critical needs without massive tax increases and trillions in new spending.
Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips issued the following statement:
“President Biden’s so-called infrastructure proposal puts our country in reverse. The most expensive plan in American history paid for by one of the largest tax increases in history might be unprecedented in size and scope, but is old in substance.
“This is not an investment in our future, but a rehash of tired ideas we know won’t work: enormous federal spending on partisan priorities that have nothing to do with roads and bridges, historic tax increases that will crush small businesses and reduce workers’ wages, special interest carveouts that rig the economy in favor of the well connected, and favors to labor unions that undermine workers’ rights and their ability to find work.
“To be clear, old doesn’t mean harmless. This plan is built on the notion that government is the solution to everything and represents a massive expansion of its command over the economy and its ability to dictate winners and losers in the marketplace.
“We should be going the other way – keeping tax burdens on Americans low so they can keep more of what they earn, prioritizing spending to areas of greatest need, and removing regulatory barriers that make it harder for people to get to work and for businesses to build and innovate.”
AFP objects to several provisions in the proposal, including:
Lawmakers focused on improving roads and bridges should instead consider the following reforms:
For further information or to set up an interview, please send an email to LIsidro@afphq.org.
Through broad-based grassroots outreach, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is driving long-term solutions to the country’s biggest problems. AFP activists engage friends and neighbors on key issues and encourage them to take an active role in building a culture of mutual benefit, where people succeed by helping one another. AFP recruits and unites activists in 35 states behind a common goal of advancing policies that will help people improve their lives. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org