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Americans for Prosperity activates grassroots in support of spending restraint

May 5, 2021 by AFP

Americans for Prosperity's campaign to End Washington Waste and stop the spending spree

There’s an explosion of spending going on in Washington, with lawmakers competing to waste today’s tax revenues and borrow even more from future generations.

  • Before 2020, the federal government had never spent more than $4.5 trillion in a single fiscal year.
  • But in 2020, Congress appropriated approximately $4 trillion just to address the coronavirus pandemic, and the U.S. government ran a record deficit of $3.1 trillion.
  • Even though a significant portion of those funds remained unspent, and the U.S. economy had begun to recover, Congress and the president approved another $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending bill earlier this year — one that even includes provisions to keep spending by the states at elevated levels.

And now, as if all that weren’t enough, many in Washington are pushing for an additional $4 trillion.

This money would allegedly pay for infrastructure improvements, but once again, a large portion of it would go to low priorities that have nothing to do with roads, bridges, and other physical infrastructure.

Talking to people where they live to warn of wasteful Washington spending

The staff and volunteers at Americans for Prosperity are working to show policymakers that the American people favor responsible budgeting and fiscal restraint.

We know hardworking taxpayers don’t want to see their money wasted, which is why just 36 percent of Americans support the so-called infrastructure spending package being debated in Congress.

People understand that amid this roughly $6 trillion in emergency funding so far, about $650 billion has gone to “extraneous” policies.

That includes such things as a private-sector pension bailout and an expansion of the Affordable Care Act. The last thing they want is for lawmakers to add another wasteful multitrillion-dollar tab — especially when consumer prices are rising and inflation may be coming back.

With so many concerned about our nation’s fiscal future, AFP President Tim Phillips was recently in Iowa to talk with people about what’s happening in Washington.

In an interview with the Washington Times prior to the event, Phillips said:

Part of the message will be, ‘enough is enough here.’ Let’s rein this in and here’s the chance for you to vote ‘no’ and show your district that you’re … looking through the impact on the folks back home,

There are likely to be other stops as well, according to another report:

Tim Phillips…is going on the road to fight major elements of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan and the potential tax increases to help fund it … The stop in Des Moines is a sign of what’s to come across the country as the Biden administration and congressional Democrats craft a $2 trillion infrastructure-jobs-tax package.

AFP has long recognized the importance of efforts at a grassroots level to drive better policy. Our staff and volunteers inform people about the issues that affect them, both at the state and federal level. That’s certainly true now, when so many are concerned about the growing cost of spending and debt.

You can help rein in spending and promote fiscal responsibility by telling your lawmakers to end Washington waste!