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Congressman Biggs Leads Letter to President Trump on Financial Bailouts to State and Local Governments

May 7, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Biggs and 10 of his colleagues sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to reject calls to provide additional funds to state and local governments amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Congressman Biggs issued the following statement:

“As we move into our eighth week of economic shutdown imposed by state and local governments, Democrats are calling for Congress to provide $1 trillion in new money to backfill those governments’ lost revenues. We must reject those demands. Since the start of this crisis, Congress has already provided $765 billion in aid to assist states through direct relief, funds for expanded unemployment benefits, education assistance, increased Medicaid funding, housing programs, hospital and testing assistance, and more. And yet, many states have returned with their hand out for relief from their years of irresponsible budgeting and spending.

“We cannot reinforce and exacerbate the years of bad precedent in which the federal government assumed responsibility for the duties, wants, and needs of state and local governments. It is time for these entities to focus on safely reopening their economies, reassessing their budgets and spending plans, and ending their reliance on the federal government. Our Founding Fathers never intended for the federal government to be the behemoth it has become. Nor did they intend for the wealth of Americans to be redistributed so that the citizens of one state are forced to pay for the poor decisions of another state. I look forward to working with President Trump to reopen our economy and restore it to its former brilliance.”

“I applaud Rep. Biggs and these courageous Members for opposing any effort to bail out fiscally irresponsible states. Taxpayers should not be on the hook to bail out pre-existing debt amidst an already challenging economic time in our country.” – Jessica Anderson, Executive Director of Heritage Action for America

“Poor budgeting and fiscal irresponsibility in the states should not be rewarded and validated with more poor budgeting and fiscal irresponsibility by Congress. The federal government has already spent too much money, causing far more problems than it has fixed. Now, the most vocal requests for further federal spending profligacy in the form of bailouts are coming unsurprisingly from blue states. Rep. Biggs' leadership is critical to challenging this and encouraging President Trump to do the same.” – Adam Brandon, President, FreedomWorks

“Instead of sending hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded bailouts to irresponsible State and Local Governments from San Francisco to Chicago, Congress should take steps to safely reopen the economy and pass pro-growth policies that will help return more than 33 million Americans to the workforce from St. Augustine, Florida to Mesa, Arizona and from Bangor, Maine to Eagle, Idaho.” David McIntosh, President, Club for Growth

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Congressman Andy Biggs is a second-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.