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Conservative Leaders Tell Congress No Bailouts for Blue States

Friday, the conservative leaders of the Conservative Action Project issued the following

“Memo to the Movement” expressing their opposition to a federal bailout of Democrat-run states that for decades have overspent their budgets. Such states are now using COVID relief as an excuse for a federal bailout and this massive wealth transfer should be opposed by conservatives in Congress.


January 29, 2021


Washington, DC


Conservatives applaud the efforts of red state governors to effectively balance public health with jobs, production, and economic growth.

States across the country have responded in different ways to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Ron DeSantis in Florida, Governor Kristi Noem in South Dakota, Governor Greg Abbott in Texas, Governor Mike Dunleavy in Alaska, Governors Gary Herbert and Spencer Cox in Utah, Governor Kim Reynolds in Iowa, and Governor Pete Ricketts in Nebraska deserve tremendous credit for having the cool-headed clarity and data-driven approaches to keep their populations safe while managing a state-wide economy. Many of these same states are now leading the country in vaccinations, as well.

We commend the governors who have effectively managed this crisis in ways that prioritize both health and reasonable economic measures.

To the contrary, states like California and New York – which initiated full shutdowns of their economies – did not effectively contain the virus better than other states, and now face serious financial crises as their state residents suffer from lack of services and personal impoverishment.

Wisdom in crisis should be rewarded, not punished. States who managed well should not have to pay for bailouts to states whose executives handled this crisis poorly. And neither should the U.S. taxpayer.

We oppose so-called “blue state bailouts” which will reward mismanagement, allow failed policies to continue, and redistribute wealth from successful to failing states.


The Honorable Edwin Meese III

Attorney General

President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)


Alfred S. Regnery

Chairman, Conservative Action Project

President, Republic Book Publishers

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop

White House Advisor

President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)


The Honorable Russ Vought

Director

Office of Management and Budget (2020-2021)

Scott T. Parkinson

VP for Government Affairs

Club for Growth

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

Chief Domestic Advisor

President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)

Myron Ebell

Director, Center for Energy and Environment

Competitive Enterprise Institute

The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell

President

The Leadership Institute

William L. Walton

President

Council for National Policy

Phil Kerpen

President

American Commitment


Jay Mount

President

MDS Communications Corporation

Terry Schilling

Executive Director

American Principles Project

Richard D. Hayes

Partner

Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP

Edward Martin

President

Phyllis Schlafly Eagles

Tom DeWeese

President

American Policy Center

William W. Pascoe, III

Board Member

Tea Party Patriots Action

Saulius "Saul" Anuzis

President

60 Plus Association

G. Eric Georgatos

Executive Producer

America Can We Talk? americacanwetalk.org

Michael Horowitz

CEO

21st Century Initiatives

Kay R. Daly

President

Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

C. Preston Noell III

President

Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Willes K. Lee

President

National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Grace-Marie Turner

President

Galen Institute

Dr. Ernest Calvin Beisner

President

Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

Mike Davis

Founder and President

Internet Accountability Project (IAP)

Joseph A. Morris

Partner, Morris & De La Rosa

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General

Seton Motley

President

Less Government

Richard Norman

Founder and President

The Richard Norman Company

Lee Beaman

CEO

Beaman Ventures

Ron Pearson

Executive Director

Conservative Victory Fund

The Honorable Peter J. Thomas

Chairman

The Conservative Caucus


Eaton Hopkins

President

Liberty Surgical, Inc.

Tom Donelson

Chairman

Americas PAC


Dr. Richard Rounsavelle

Trustee

MRC

Joan Holt Lindsey

President

Lindsey Communications

Tim Macy

Chairman

Gun Owners of America

Amapola Hansberger

President

Legal Immigrants for America

Rod D. Martin

Founder and CEO

The Martin Organization, Inc.

Haley E. Martin

Past President

The Martin Foundation

Lourdes Cosio

Campaign for the American Future

Shawn A. Mitchell

Former National Chaplain

National Federation of Republican Assemblies

E.W. Jackson

President

STAND Foundation, Inc.

Chad Connelly

President

Faith Wins

Ron Robinson

President

Young America's Foundation

Willes K. Lee

President

National Federation of Republican Assemblies


Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.

Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.

President and CEO, First Liberty Institute

The Honorable David McIntosh

President

Club for Growth

Christopher Malagisi

Executive Director of Outreach

Hillsdale College

Jenny Beth Martin

Chairman

Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund


The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell

Chairman

Constitutional Congress, Inc.


Tom McClusky

President

March for Life Action

L. Brent Bozell, III

Founder and President

Media Research Center

Jon Schweppe

Director of Policy and Government Affairs

American Principles Project

Steve Berger

Founding Pastor

Grace Chapel

Jeff Hunt

Director

Centennial Institute

Jack Park

Conservative Activist and Donor

Law Offices of Jack Park

Kevin Freeman

Founder

NSIC Institute

Annette Thompson Meeks

CEO

Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

Thomas Pyle

President

American Energy Alliance

Elaine Donnelly

President

Center for Military Readiness

Trent England

Executive Director

Save Our States


James L. Martin

Founder/Chairman

60 Plus Association

Eunie Smith

President Emeritus

Eagle Forum

Leigh Bortins

Founder

Classical Conversations, Inc

The Honorable Tom DeLay

Former Majority Leader

US House of Representatives


David N. Bossie

President

Citizens United

Bill Shaker

CEO

Washington Marketing Group


Paul Gessing

President

Rio Grande Foundation

The Honorable George K Rasley Jr

Managing Editor

ConservativeHQ.com

Judson Phillips

Founder

Tea Party Nation

Sal Russo

Co-Founder and Chief Strategist

Tea Party Express

Cindy Ensley

Paralegal

Mulligan Law Firm

Rick Scarborough

President

Recover America Now

Dr. Alejandro Antonio Chafuen

President

Hispanic American Center for Economic Research

Anne Schlafly Cori

Chairman

Eagle Forum

The Honorable James C. Miller III

Budget Director for President Reagan (1985-1988)

Mario Navarro da Costa

Director, Washington Bureau

Tradition, Family, Property

Nancy Schulze

Founder, President

Republican Congressional Wives Speakers

Andresen Blom

President

Hawaiian Values

Benjamin R. Case

Sherri R. Martin

Executive Vice President

The Martin Organization, Inc.

Christina Murphy Lusk

President

The Martin Foundation

Guillermo J. Aragon

Chief Financial Officer

Martin Imaging, Inc.

Peggy Dau

IranAliveMinistries

Penna Dexter

Co-host

Point of View Radio

Robert Alt

President and CEO

The Buckeye Institute

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer

President

American Values

Terrence Scanlon

Retired Chairman and President

Capital Research Center


  • COVID relief bill

  • blue state governments

  • tax receipts

  • business closures

  • lockdowns

  • riots

  • Joe Biden

  • federal bailout

  • Ron DeSantis

  • Kristi Noem

  • vaccinations

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