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AFP Issues Key Vote Alert Against Bailouts, HEROES Act 2.0

Sep 30, 2020 by AFP

Arlington, Va. – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) today issued a key vote alert urging members of Congress to oppose the so-called HEROES Act 2.0. AFP recently ramped up its “No Bad Deals” campaign to help mobilize activists to contact their lawmakers in opposition to another massive spending bill that’s 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.

In the key vote letter sent to lawmakers Wednesday, AFP Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner writes:

On behalf of millions of Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I write urging you to vote “NO” on the so-called updated HEROES Act.

This massive $2.2 trillion package is simply more of the same big spending that would do little to address the problems Americans face.  Instead, it is just another attempt to enact massive bailouts and a partisan wish list.

This legislation will further bail out state and local governments for years of poor decisions, bail out pension plans that were underfunded and failing well before COVID-19, suspend the cap on the State and Local Tax deduction, and even spend more taxpayer dollars on things completely unrelated to COVID-19 such as the National Endowments of the Arts and Humanities. The big-spending package would drive the nation deeper into debt and do nothing to put us on a path to recovering stronger.

This legislation represents a bad deal for the American people, we urge every member of Congress to oppose it. It’s time for Congress to get its act together and focus on solutions that could actually get our economy to recover stronger.

We urge you to vote “NO” on HEROES Act 2.0, this vote will be included in our legislative scorecard.


Tim Phillips recently 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.

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.