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Koch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill

Koch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill
© Greg Nash

A group backed by billionaire conservative activist Charles Koch is launching a new ad campaign in 10 states urging lawmakers to vote down President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot MORE’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is putting six figures behind the mail, radio and digital ad campaign targeting key swing votes such as Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Democrats scramble to rescue minimum wage hike White House noncommittal on 'Plan B' push to add wage increase to relief bill MORE (D-W.Va.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGraham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Republicans see Becerra as next target in confirmation wars MORE (R-Alaska), arguing that the spending bill is “packed with unnecessary spending for long-standing partisan priorities and will do nothing to end the pandemic or help the economy recover stronger.”

The group argues that there is $1 trillion that has still not been spent from previous coronavirus relief packages.

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“More than a trillion in pandemic money remains unspent. So why is President Biden pushing for another $2 trillion?” one of the radio ads states. "To bail out insurance companies and reckless state governments. To double the cost of hiring workers for struggling small businesses, eliminating jobs. This isn’t targeted relief to those who need it. It’s a partisan wish list that won’t help us recover. Visit RejectBailouts.com. Tell Sen. Lisa Murkowski to side with Alaskans and reject this partisan wish list.”

The House Budget Committee advanced the bill on a party-line vote on Monday.

The bill will go before the House Rules Committee before a floor vote, which is expected on Friday or Saturday.

The $1.9 trillion package includes $1,400 stimulus checks for those making less than $75,000, $129 billion in funding to reopen schools and a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

Polling shows the bill is popular but Republicans have been critical of the price tag and are questioning why the minimum wage is a part of it. They’re also fuming over the decision by Democrats to advance the bill through budget reconciliation, which would allow them to pass it without GOP support in the Senate.

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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden Why the 'Never-Trumpers' flopped Republicans see Becerra as next target in confirmation wars MORE (R-Maine) has said the bill is not likely to get any GOP support in the Senate, putting pressure on swing Democrats, such as Manchin.

The AFP ads will focus on Sens. Manchin, Murkowski, Mark KellyMark KellyKoch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill Conservative groups seek to bolster opposition to Biden's HHS pick On The Trail: Trump threatens a Tea Party redux MORE (D-Ariz.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Jon OssoffJon OssoffGeorgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting Koch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill Perdue rules out 2022 Senate bid against Warnock MORE (D-Ga.), Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockKelly Loeffler's WNBA team sold after players' criticism The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Georgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting MORE (D-Ga.), Bill CassidyBill CassidyRepublicans see Becerra as next target in confirmation wars Overnight Health Care: Johnson & Johnson vaccine safe, effective in FDA analysis | 3-4 million doses coming next week | White House to send out 25 million masks Koch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill MORE (R-La.), Collins, Angus KingAngus KingBiden CIA pick pledges to confront China if confirmed, speak 'truth to power' Top cops deflect blame over Capitol attack Koch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill MORE (I-Maine), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanSenate Democrats call on GAO to review child care access barriers for disabled parents, kids Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers Koch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill MORE (D-N.H.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGrassley to vote against Tanden nomination Murkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers MORE (R-Ohio) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump at CPAC foments 2022 GOP primary wars Democrats scramble to rescue minimum wage hike Media circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden MORE (R-Utah).

AFP previously sent a letter to the White House and Congress urging them to move forward with a more narrowly focused bill supported by Collins.