More on the House Obamacare Repeal Discharge Petition

Rachael Slobodien - August 21st, 2017
Late last week, the House Freedom Caucus took a big step to show they aren’t finished with the fight to repeal Obamacare.  In an effort to ensure legislation to repeal Obamacare actually gets to the House floor for a vote, Jim Jordan (R-OH), Tom Garrett (R-VA), and Scott Perry (R-PA) filed a discharge petition.
 

What is a discharge petition?

A very powerful, though often underutilized tool, a discharge petition gives House members the opportunity to go around House Leadership and force the Speaker of the House to bring legislation that may otherwise not make it out of committee to the floor for a vote. 

In order to be successful, the petition must garner 218 signatures.  And Club for Growth is determined to do all that we can to make sure the House Freedom Caucus can get to the magic number of 218.  With Congressmen like Jim Jordan leading the fight, the chances are good, but we will have to wait until Congress returns to know for sure.
 

Why does this matter?

The reason members of Congress are elected in the first place is so that they fulfill the promises they made to voters when campaigning for office.  Even if the discharge petition is unable to meet the requisite number of signatures needed, the message this exercise sends is still an important one.  The American people are fortunate to have the House Freedom Caucus and other conservative elected officials who understand the importance of keeping their promises to their constituents. 

The Republican Senate’s inability to repeal Obamacare provided a stark, unfortunate reminder about the number of Republicans in Washington who say one thing and do another.  This is why Club for Growth PAC works so hard to make sure more and more free-market conservatives make it to Congress.

We will continue to keep you updated on any developments on the discharge petition once Congress returns.  In the meantime, Club for Growth will continue to do what it does best—fight for pro-growth economic policies.

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Please note that Members must physically go to the House floor to add their name to the petition.  With Congress currently in recess until Labor Day, most members are currently back home in their districts.

Club for Growth PAC Endorses Kevin Nicholson for U.S. Senate

Rachael Slobodien - August 15th, 2017

Washington, DC – Today, the Club for Growth PAC announced its endorsement Kevin Nicholson for the 2018 U.S. Senate race, and the seat currently held by Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

“Club for Growth PAC is thrilled to announce support for Kevin Nicholson and his campaign for U.S. Senate,” stated Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh.

“Kevin is not just a political outsider, he’s a strong economic conservative, who understands that free markets and limited government are the engines of economic growth.

“Kevin will be a great Senator for the Badger State because, unlike out-of-touch liberal Tammy Baldwin, Kevin understands the needs of everyday Wisconsinites.  And he’ll fight hard for them every day he serves as their United States Senator.”

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Key Vote Alert – Sign the Garrett Discharge Petition to Repeal Obamacare

Andrew Roth - August 11th, 2017

KEY VOTE ALERT

Sign The Discharge Petition for Obamacare Repeal (HR 1436)

The Club for Growth urges all House members to sign Rep. Tom Garrett’s discharge petition to force a vote on Rep. Jim Jordan’s 2015-style repeal of Obamacare (HR 1436).  Signing the petition will be positively scored on the Club’s 2017 congressional scorecard.

House Republicans promised repeal of Obamacare for over seven years.  In 2015, the House passed their bill that largely fulfilled that promise.  The American Healthcare Act was not full repeal and was diluted precisely because too many Republicans no longer support repeal.  It’s time to hold all House members accountable.  It’s time to force a vote.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 115th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.

Club for Growth Leads Coalition Urging President Trump to Stand Firm against Special Interest Pressure to Drop Ex-Im Pick

Rachael Slobodien - August 07th, 2017

“It is beyond audacious that the recipients of the Bank’s subsidies believe they can select the person to run the very agency that will hand the goodies out to them.”

Washington, DC –Today, Club for Growth sent a coalition letter to Senator Michael Crapo, Senate Chairman of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, to denounce special interests who seek to strongarm President Trump into dropping the appointment of Scott Garrett as the next president of the Export-Import Bank.  Additionally, the conservative organizations announce opposition to any nomination (or slate of nominations) to Ex-Im’s board if Garrett’s nomination is not considered.

The letter can be read in its entirety below or can be viewed in pdf version by clicking this link.

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Dear Chairman Crapo,

On behalf of the following organizations representing millions of Americans, we write to strongly denounce the special interest business groups that are urging the White House to drop the appointment of Scott Garrett as the next president of the Export-Import Bank.

It is beyond audacious that the recipients of the Bank’s subsidies believe that they, not the President, can select the person to run the very agency that will hand the goodies out to them.  This is regulatory capture at its worst.

Cronyism and corruption have long plagued the Bank’s operations.  When special interests publicly demand their spoils in such an egregious manner, it only further erodes the public’s confidence in their government.

President Trump has successfully appointed reformers to lead other agencies – like Scott Pruitt at the EPA and Betsy DeVos at the Department of Education.  His appointment of Garrett is in keeping with his courageous reform agenda to “drain the swamp.”  For special interest groups to dictate the terms of his appointments is precisely the wrong message to send to the American people.

As recently as 2015, the Bank had almost 800 fraud claims levied against it.  There have been 85 indictments, 48 criminal judgements, and 66 years of prison sentences brought to bear because of the Bank’s activities.  Letting special interests continue to control the Bank’s leadership and operations will only extend this disastrously corrupt track record.

We’re extremely hopeful that President Trump will ignore the special interests that are so desperate for their Export-Import Bank gravy train to continue.  To that end, our groups and the people we represent, will vocally oppose any nomination (or slate of nominations) to Ex-Im’s board if Garrett’s nomination is not considered.

Regards,

David McIntosh, President
Club for Growth

Michael A. Needham, Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America

Jason Pye, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
FreedomWorks

Rick Manning, President
Americans for Limited Government

Phil Kerpen, President
American Commitment

David Williams, President
Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Colin A. Hanna, President
Let Freedom Ring USA

Daniel Schneider, Executive Director
American Conservative Union

Tony Perkins, President
Family Research Council

Club for Growth PAC Endorses Chris Herrod (UT-03); Club for Growth Action Launches Ad Exposing John Curtis’ Tax-Hiking Record

Rachael Slobodien - August 04th, 2017

“Chris Herrod is a tried and true fiscal conservative with a proven record.”

Washington, DC – Today, the Club for Growth PAC announced its endorsement of Chris Herrod, former Utah State Representative, for the special election to fill the UT-03 House seat, formerly held by Jason Chaffetz.   Club for Growth Action also unveiled a new TV and digital ad, entitled “Halloween,” which exposes John Curtis’ consistent support for tax increases and Tanner Ainge’s intent to be “bipartisan” and work with the likes of Nancy Pelosi.

“Chris Herrod is a tried and true fiscal conservative with a proven record,” stated Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh.

“Unlike others in this race, Chris’ words match his impeccable, pro-growth record, and Utahns can count on Chris to fight for them.

“While some so-called Republicans in this primary only now support lowering taxes, Chris has fought for the Utah taxpayer for decades.  In his time serving the state of Utah, Chris earned some of the most impressive distinctions for his work protecting Utah taxpayers.

“When casting a vote for Chris Herrod, Utahns know exactly what they’re getting—a principled, economic conservative dedicated to protecting taxpayers instead of lobbyists and special interests.”

Club for Growth Action’s new ad can be viewed here and will begin airing August 7 on broadcast and cable networks across Utah’s 3rd district.

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