AFP’s Stop Overspending Campaign Urges Lawmakers to Cut Spending, Support Rescission

Jun 4, 2018 by AFP

Congress has an opportunity to cut $15 billion in spending by passing President Trump’s rescission package

Arlington, VA – On the heels of launching the first phase of its campaign to call attention to the dramatic overspending that takes place in Washington, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is calling on Congress to take the first step in reining in wasteful spending by passing the rescission package proposed by President Trump that would cancel about $15.3 billion in unspent funds from previous years.

Today, AFP announced the second phase of the organization’s long-term Stop Overspending campaign, which will feature digital ads (link here) urging Republicans and Democrats to support and co-sponsor the White House’s rescission plan, calling on lawmakers to rein in irresponsible spending.

AFP sent a letter of support to Congress Monday offering its strong support for the swift passage of the President’s rescission package writing:


The launch of AFP’s “Stop Over Spending” campaign over Memorial Day recess included robust digital, direct-mail, print, and radio advertising in congressional districts across the country. President Trump’s $15.3 billion rescission plan proposed earlier this month presents an opportunity for lawmakers to demonstrate fiscal responsibility by supporting this modest attempt to undo some of the overspending damage.

AFP spokesman Bill Riggs issued for the following statement:

“Every lawmaker who supports fiscal responsibility should embrace this opportunity to rein in spending. This rescission package isn’t going to solve Washington’s spending problem, but it’s a commonsense first step to earning back the trust of taxpayers. Overspending in Washington is a bipartisan problem, and it’s time members of both parties came together to start fixing it.”

While tax reform was a significant achievement 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. Unchecked spending in Washington threatens to undermine economic growth.

AFP’s digital ads encouraging support for rescission will focus on Republican Representatives Hal Rogers (R-KY), Lou Barletta (R-PA), Mike Bishop (R-MI), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Mark Amodei (R-NV), Tom Rooney (R-FL),  Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Dennis Ross (R-FL), and Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Democrat Representatives Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Pete Visclosky (D-IN), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Tim Walz (D-MN), and Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ).

BACKGROUND: AFP Launches Major Campaign Against Wasteful Government Spending

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