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Grassroots group calls on Senate to reject $3 trillion bailout
TOPEKA, Kan. – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) released a report detailing the nearly $2 trillion in federal assistance already available to state and local governments, including more than $1.1 trillion that has been provided in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19.
The analysis, conducted by AFP Policy Manager Matthew Dickerson and AFP Senior Fellow Alison Winters, also calculates the flexible federal assistance available to each state. The report suggests that this unprecedented amount of federal funding combined with responsible decisions at the state and local level should allow state and local governments to maintain necessary services without expediting a massive bailout bill from Congress.
AFP-Kansas State Director Elizabeth Patton issued the following statement on the report’s findings:
“With a staggering amount of money currently coming in at the state level, it’s clear that a massive federal bailout isn’t just bad policy – it’s not necessary. Governor Kelly is in Washington, D.C. today asking the President for more money, but we already have nearly 4 billion at the state’s disposal. We need Kansas lawmakers to make tough spending cuts and allocate the funds we have strategically.
“The $3 trillion package from Speaker Pelosi is another blatant attempt to leverage this crisis to push through a partisan wish list and our Senators should stand up and oppose it. We don’t need bailouts, we need a plan to safely reopen the economy and policies that will help us recover stronger than before.”
Summary of Key Findings: