Club for Growth Supports 2015 Repeal Obamacare Bill

Rachael Slobodien - July 18th, 2017

“This should be a slam dunk; the Senate already passed this legislation once.”

Washington, DC –Club for Growth President David McIntosh offered the following statement after Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced his plans with regard to the Senate’s 2015 Obamacare repeal bill:

“Club for Growth applauds Leader McConnell’s promise to bring the 2015 Obamacare repeal bill before the Senate,” Club for Growth President David McIntosh.  “While the stories have already been written placing a nail in the coffin of repealing Obamacare, Club for Growth is not willing to retreat.  Here’s to hoping that the third time’s the charm.

“While short of perfection—the 2015 legislation leaves several Obamacare regulations in place—it is the best option Republicans currently have to begin to repeal Obamacare.  And this should be a slam dunk.  After all, Senate Republicans already passed this legislation once.

What’s changed between now and then is that in 2015 Republicans could hide behind President Obama’s veto.  Well, Obama is no longer president and Senate Republicans got exactly what they wished for: a Republican in the White House who will sign repeal legislation brought to his desk.  With the Obama impediment gone, moderate Republicans—most of whom supported the 2015 legislation—will now be forced to reveal their true colors.

“It was easy for moderate Republicans to grandstand and regurgitate fiery political rhetoric when they knew repeal efforts would go nowhere, but now they will have to do something politicians don’t often do.  And that is keep their promises.

Because it is vital for the overall goal of eventually repealing ALL of Obamacare, the Club for Growth is going to key vote in favor of the 2015 repeal bill.  The vote will be included in the Club for Growth’s 2017 congressional scorecard.

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Club for Growth PAC: Missouri Voters Want Claire McCaskill Out

Rachael Slobodien - July 14th, 2017

“It’s time for Missouri’s senior senator to say hello to retirement.”

Washington, DC – Today, Club for Growth PAC released poll results that reveal Missouri voters are ready to see someone besides Claire McCaskill serving as their U.S. Senator.

The results are resounding.  Highlights from the poll can be found here.  The findings are overwhelmingly unfavorable for Claire McCaskill’s reelection prospects.  Specifically, the polling revealed:

  • A plurality of Missouri voters view Claire McCaskill unfavorably.
  • A clear majority of Missourians favor a new person in office by a double-digit margin.
  • Josh Hawley leads Claire McCaskill in a hypothetical U.S. Senate matchup despite a disadvantage in name awareness.

Upon release of this poll, Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh remarked, “What this polling reveals is that it’s time for out-of-touch liberal Claire McCaskill to say hello to retirement.  You don’t have to be a professional pollster to decipher the poll’s findings.  The numbers say it all: Missourians basically would rather elect anyone rather than voting to re-elect McCaskill.

“Her tax-and-spend ways and relentless defense of Obamacare is coming back to haunt her.  Enough is enough.  Missourians deserve some new blood serving them in the Senate, and Claire McCaskill is not it.”

The survey was conducted for Club for Growth PAC by Fabrizio, Lee & Associates, a leading polling firm, on July 10-11, 2017.   The margin of error at the 95% confidence interval for 500 voters is ±4.38.

Club for Growth PAC is a political arm of the Club for Growth, a 501(c)(4).

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Coalition Letter: Urging Representatives to co-sponsor the “Highway Restoration Act of 2017,” HR 2391

Andrew Roth - July 14th, 2017

Open Letter to the House of Representatives: End Wasteful Mass Transit Account

 

July 14, 2017

Dear Representatives:

 

We the undersigned organizations, representing millions of Americans, urge you to co-sponsor the “Highway Restoration Act of 2017,” HR 2391, introduced by Representative Mark Sanford (R-SC). This legislation would phase out the Highway Trust Fund’s Mass Transit Account, ending this ongoing misuse of federal gas tax dollars and creating a more sustainable path for the Highway Trust Fund.

 

The Highway Trust Fund receives a majority of its funding from taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel, rooted in a user-pay assumption that these revenues will be used for federal highway construction and maintenance. The Mass Transit Account violates this model by diverting billions of dollars to fund everything from street cars to light rail systems. Indeed, the Mass Transit Account represents the second-largest expenditure from the Highway Trust Fund, just after the Highway Account. These largely local, municipally controlled systems subsidize the activities of users who don’t pay into the underlying fund.

 

With the Highway Trust Fund facing increasing shortfalls and creating a growing drain on already-stretched general revenues, Congress needs to rethink its approach to highway funding. The best place to start is by eliminating this wasteful federal subsidy for local mass transit projects. HR 2391 could save taxpayers tens of billions of dollars and restore solvency to the Highway Trust Fund. We urge all Representatives to cosponsor the “Highway Restoration Act of 2017.”

 

Sincerely,

Brandon Arnold, Executive Vice President

National Taxpayers Union

 

Lisa B. Nelson, CEO

ALEC Action

 

Phil Kerpen, President

American Commitment

 

Dan Schneider, Executive Director

American Conservative Union

 

Norm Singleton, President

Campaign for Liberty

 

Andrew F. Quinlan, President

Center for Freedom and Prosperity

 

Jeffrey Mazzella, President

Center for Individual Freedom

 

David McIntosh, President

Club for Growth

Jonathan Bydlak, President

Coalition to Reduce Spending

 

Tom Schatz, President

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

 

Mark Scribner, Senior Fellow

Competitive Enterprise Institute

 

Adam Brandon, President

FreedomWorks

 

Heather R. Higgins, President and CEO

Independent Women’s Voice

 

David Williams, President

Taxpayers Protection Alliance

 

Judson Phillips, Founder

Tea Party Nation

Coalition Letter: Urging Senator for swift confirmation of the President’s two nominees to fill vacant seats on the NLRB

Andrew Roth - July 14th, 2017
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July 13, 2017

 

Dear Senator:

The undersigned organizations urge the Senate to confirm Marvin Kaplan and William J. Emanuel to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Filling the vacant seats at the NLRB is imperative to returning the agency to a body of impartial members that represents the public interest in labor disputes.

For the past eight years, the Board failed to act fairly and in the interests of the American people. It is crucial to fill the vacant seats to restore many of the longstanding pro-worker-freedom policies that were upended by the excessively pro-union Obama NLRB.

NLRB policy oscillates due to the agency’s structure, with the partisan balance shifting alongside control of the Executive Branch. However, during the Obama administration, the NLRB took partisanship to new heights, overturning decades of Board precedent in order to aid labor unions’ organizing efforts.

Filling the vacant seats on the Board will enable the agency to take up desperately needed reform — and repeal of harmful rules.

One harmful rule resulted from the NLRB’s 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries, which expanded the conditions under which one employer can be held jointly liable for another employer’s bargaining responsibilities and labor law violations. This greatly increased the liability faced by companies that contract with other businesses, even if they exert no direct control over the other businesses’ employees. The new joint employer standard could result in 1.7 million fewer jobs, according to an American Action Forum analysis. In addition, the decision could deter large companies from contracting with small businesses.

Another policy in need of repeal is the NLRB’s “ambush election” rule, which limited debate regarding the pros and cons of unionization by minimizing the time workers have to educate themselves on union representation, sometimes to as little as nine days. The rule also threatens worker privacy. It requires employers to hand over workers’ private information — including telephone numbers, email addresses, and work schedules — to union organizers, with no ability to opt out.

We fully support swiftly confirming Mr. Kaplan and Mr. Emanuel to bring common sense back to national labor relations policy.

 

Sincerely,

Iain Murray
Vice President for Strategy, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Lisa B. Nelson
CEO, ALEC Action

Phil Kerpen
President, American Commitment

Daniel Schneider
Executive Director, American Conservative Union

Grover Norquist
President, Americans for Tax Reform

Norman Singleton
President, Campaign for Liberty

Andrew F. Quinlan
President, Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Timothy Lee
Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs, Center for Individual Freedom

Matt Patterson
Executive Director, Center for Worker Freedom

David McIntosh
President, Club for Growth

Jason Pye
Vice President of Legislative Affairs, FreedomWorks

Michael A. Needham
CEO, Heritage Action for America

Mario H. Lopez
President, Hispanic Leadership Fund

Karen Kerrigan
President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

McIntosh on Cavuto to discuss the state of the Senate health care bill

Stacy French - July 13th, 2017