Watchdog Group Praises U.S. Withdrawal from World Health Organization

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), a nonpartisan non-profit taxpayer and consumer advocacy group, strongly praised the decision of President Trump to terminate the United States’ membership in the World Health Organization (WHO). During a news conference today, President Trump announced the redirecting of all funding to alternative public health bodies, a move the TPA has directly and repeatedly called for.

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Watchdog Criticizes Anti-Free Speech Executive Order

Jonathan Ernst | REUTERS WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), a nonpartisan non-profit taxpayer and consumer advocacy group, strongly criticized President Trump’s executive order seeking to regulate social media. The order would task the Federal Communications Commission (via instructions from the Commerce Department) with evaluating the purview of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects online platforms from liability for comments made by users on the site. It would also give Federal Trade Commission (FTC) bureaucrats the authority to investigate complaints against tech platforms.

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Coalition Releases Video Warning Against Healthcare Rate-Setting

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, the Coalition Against Rate-Setting (CARS) released a video featuring free-market analysts and activists urging lawmakers to reject healthcare rate-setting. The video’s release comes almost exactly one month after a letter signed by more than 160 economists warned that government interference in healthcare via price-controls “would hurt access to care, especially for patients in rural areas.” Despite these warnings, lawmakers such as Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) are considering capping doctors’ pay as a part of the next phase of Coronavirus-related relief legislation during a time when doctors and nurses are being lauded for their heroic work in treating COVID-19 patients.

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Coalition of 15 Organizations Supports “Getting Americans Back to Work Act”

A coalition of 15 free-market organizations urged Congress to support the “Getting Americans Back to Work Act.” This legislation, introduced by Rep. Ken Buck (R-Col.) and Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.), is a commonsense proposal to protect taxpayers by limiting federal unemployment benefits to an applicant’s previous paycheck.

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TPA Releases Report on Taxpayer Funding of Government Owned Broadband Networks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) released a report detailing the problems with government-owned networks (GONs) for taxpayers and broadband consumers across the country. The report, titled “GON with the Wind: The Failed Promise of Government Owned Networks Across America,” lays out the massive amount of taxpayer dollars being wasted as governments continue to build broadband networks across America. Taxpayer-funded broadband networks are rarely successful as they are poorly targeted and underutilized, often times being sold to private companies for less than the cost of construction. These taxpayer-funded broadband networks undermine private efforts to keep America connected during the COVID-19 crisis and are therefore especially harmful for households. In tandem with the new analysis, TPA re-launched its website munibroadbandfailures.org, a clearing house for information regarding GONs.

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GON with the Wind: The Failed Promise of Government Owned Networks Across the Country

There is no disputing the importance of internet connectivity in the 21st century economy. The question is whether the private sector should continue taking the lead in funding and facilitating the deployment of broadband or whether taxpayers should create and fund/subsidize government- owned networks (GONs) to do so. Supporters of taxpayer-funded broadband systems claim that governments (i.e. taxpayers) are needed to build these systems because the private sector simply will not. The truth is that broadband providers have spent more than $1.6 trillion since 1996 to build, upgrade, and maintain networks, resulting in a 71 percent growth in rural broadband. Internet infrastructure is in place to serve 98 percent of the country, primarily built by telecom companies.

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Watchdog Slams Speaker Pelosi’s Latest “Relief” Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) urged Congress to reject the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act and instead pass a clean Coronavirus-related relief bill. Introduced on May 12 by House Democrats, the HEROES Act would allocate $500 billion to states and an additional $375 billion to localities ostensibly to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19.

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Coalition of 18 Free-Market Groups Urges Congressional Leadership to Keep Unnecessary Spending out of “Phase 4” COVID-19 Package

Today, a coalition of 18 free-market groups sent a letter to Congressional Leadership urging them to keep unnecessary spending and regulatory measures out of the "Phase 4" COVID-19 relief package.

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Economists Urge Lawmakers to Reject Healthcare Rate-Setting

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, the Coalition Against Rate-Setting (CARS) released a letter signed by more than 160 economists opposing healthcare rate-setting in any legislation, especially any potential forthcoming COVID-19 relief legislation. In the letter, the economists warn that, “No matter the policy area, government price controls often result in shortages and market distortions. These outcomes should be avoided, especially when dealing with important health care services like emergency room visits and physician care.” The economists were concerned about this before the pandemic, but are now increasingly alarmed after reports that Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) want to insert healthcare price-fixing into “Phase 4” Coronavirus relief legislation.

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