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Americans for Prosperity Press Release

AFP Boosts Campaign Against Bailouts, Bad Deals

Sep 18, 2020 by AFP

Arlington, Va. – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) today boosted its national ad campaign urging lawmakers to reject bailouts for state and local governments and other bad deals.

Even as September draws to a close, lawmakers continue to debate the price tag of massive relief packages that are focused more on misguided spending that would only dig us deeper into debt than on actual solutions that could help Americans emerge from this crisis. The grassroots group has long been urging lawmakers to instead enact policies that empower people to improve their lives and spur our economy to recover stronger.

Click here to view a sample ad.

Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips issued the following statement: 

“A focus on increasing the price tag of any potential relief bill won’t help the American people or our economy.  These trillion-dollar bailouts and other bad deals are more of the same. This big-spending approach of the past has consistently failed to live up to promises of helping all Americans. They dig us deeper into debt and should be nonstarters. Our activists across the country have made their opposition here clear. It’s time for Congress to get its act together and focus on solutions that could actually get our economy to recover stronger. Americans deserve better.”

AFP’s Road to Recover Stronger:

Earlier this week, Tim Phillips wrote an op-ed in RealClearPolicy on why Congress needs to get its act together and focus on policies that help American families and the economy recover stronger.

AFP has released “Recover Stronger: A Starting Point to Build An Economy that Works for All,” a set of principles and recommendations that offer lawmakers a starting point to build a stronger economy as the country recovers from COVID-19.

In April, AFP sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to reject bailing out politicians for irresponsible decisions they made prior to the crisis.

During the summer, AFP ramped up the “No Bad Deals” campaign with a six-figure ad buy during the Senate July recess, encouraging activists to contact their lawmakers as senators spent time at home communicating with constituents.

Recent reports have found states haven’t spent the vast majority of COVID-19 assistance funds the federal government has already approved in earlier rounds of spending. Further reporting demonstrates tax revenue in most states is better than expected, and even higher for some forms of taxes nationwide than the same period last year.