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AFP Freedom report & Policy Priorities

freedomreport

Hi John,As you may have heard, President Trump issued an executive order this week to begin the process of rolling back the so-called “Clean Power Plan” — an unprecedented regulatory overreach by the Obama Administration to increase the price of affordable, reliable energy from traditional sources. Americans for Prosperity believes this is a great step forward for lifting undue burdens on business and workers and ensuring government does not pick winners and losers in the marketplace.

Moving into next week, one of AFP’s projects, Concerned Veterans for America, is continuing to drive grassroots support for confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. A confirmation vote is slated for Monday.

Below is a more detailed report on these and AFP’s “Top 3” policy priorities for the coming days. Please let me know if you have any questions.

For Freedom,

Luke

Luke Hilgemann
Chief Executive Officer
Americans For Prosperity
1310 N. Courthouse Road, Suite 700 Arlington, VA 22201  

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AFP POLICY PRIORITIES: WEEK OF MARCH 27, 2017

#1: SUPPORTING CLEAN POWER PLAN EXECUTIVE ORDER

  • Overview :
    President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday, March 28 unraveling the Clean Power Plan. “The clean power plan, which aims to cut emissions of CO2 and other emissions and was implemented in 2015, has been on hold since last year while a federal appeals court considered a challenge by Republican-led states and more than 100 companies. (EPA Secretary) Pruitt sued to halt the order while in Oklahoma. Trump’s intention, he said, was to bring back coal mining jobs and reduce the cost of electricity.” ( The Guardian , 03/26/2017)
  • Previously Released :
    • AFP letter of support for a CRA resolution disapproving of the Clean Power Plan, 10/29/2015 ( Link )
    • AFP letter of support for the CRA resolution disapproving of NSPS, 11/17/2015 ( Link)

#2: CONFIRMATION OF JUDGE GORSUCH TO THE US SUPREME COURT

  • Overview :
    Judge Gorsuch’s nomination will likely go to a vote early next week (Monday, April 3). Last Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that Democrats will filibuster the Gorsuch nomination. In support of the confirmation effort, AFP has:

    • Made over 300,000 calls under the AFP and CVA brands to citizens in target states asking them to contact their Senators and urge them to confirm Neil Gorsuch without delay
    • Combined, activists have helped make over 20,000 direct constituent-to-legislator contacts using our digital platform, which allows citizens to utilize Facebook, Twitter, and email to contact their Senators in support of Gorsuch
    • Tens of thousands of activists tuned in to listen to CVA’s ” Future of the Courts ” tele-town hall series with Senators Ben Sasse, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Joni Ernst
    • CVA has dropped two big waves of direct mail and launched a series of targeted web ads in support of Judge Gorsuch.
  • Previously Released :
    • “Gorsuch Passes the Test, It’s Time to Confirm Him,” CVA Post , 03/24/2016
    • “Nine Times Progressive Senators Made the Case for Quick Gorsuch Confirmation,” AFP Post , 03/03/2017 (Includes Senators’ Statements)
    • FPCC Video
  • See Also :
    • “Inside the Koch Network’s Push for Gorsuch,” National Review , 03/06/2017

#3: STOPPING BORDER ADJUSTMENT TAX

  • Overview :
    Many speculate that with the Obamacare vote finished for now, Congress will turn to tax reform. The border adjustment provision in the current version of the House Republican tax plan is a corporate rate reduction that will be passed through as a $1 trillion tax increase on struggling American families. Americans for Prosperity was the first (c)(4) organization to publicly oppose border tax adjustments and is leading the charge in states across the country and on Capitol Hill against these tax increases.
  • Previously Released :
    • “Tax Reform Can Happen Without Border Adjustments”: AFP identified $2 trillion in wasteful spending, unnecessary programs, and tax giveaways which can be considered before any tax increase on Americans. ( Link )
    • “Holtz-Eakin: Trillion-Dollar Tax on Consumers Is Unnecessary for Pro-Growth Tax Reform,” FPCC Blog Post , 03/03/2017
    • “Border Adjustment: Myth vs. Fact,” FPCC Blog Post , 03/09/2017 ( PDF )
    • “Border Adjustment Tax Facing Trouble in the Senate,” FPCC Blog Post , 02/15/2017 (Includes statements by Senators re BAT)
    • “Fed Chairwoman Casts Doubt On ‘Border Adjustment’ Tax Wishful Thinking,” FPCC Blog Post , 02/21/2017
  • Research :
    • “Will Republicans Acquiesce to Liberal Principles?” Veronique de Rugy , 01/19/2017
    • “Why Trump is Right to Oppose Part of the House GOP Tax Plan,” Veronique de Rugy , 01/18/2017
    • “Why I’m Wary of the GOP’s ‘Border Adjustable Tax’ Plan,” Daniel Griswold , 01/10/2017
  • See Also :
    • “Why the Border Adjustment Tax Should Be Killed,” Barron’s , 03/18/2017
    • National Retail Federation: “Border Adjustment Tax Would Cost American Households Up to $1,700 In First Year Alone,” NRF , 02/03/2017 (Lays out specific stats for costs for families
    • Border Adjustment Tax: What You Need to Know,” CNN Money , 02/27/2017

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