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Club for Growth on the Way Forward for Obamacare Repeal

Doug Sachtleben - March 24th, 2017

“Take the three phases of President Trump’s agenda and put them all into a new House bill.”

 

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement after House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that there would be no vote on his health care bill:

“There is a way forward: Take the three phases of President Trump’s agenda and put them all into a new House bill,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “Unite Obamacare repeal with the repeal of Obamcare regulations, and add in the free-market, cost-saving reforms that the president campaigned on, including interstate competition. Give the House a straight up-or-down vote on THAT measure. Republican voters will rally behind it with overwhelming support, and the Senate can take it up and address its rules.”

“President Trump was elected because millions of Americans wanted a full repeal of Obamacare, followed by free-market health care reform that would give them competition, choice, and lower prices. This bill became a Frankenstein meant to appease the insurance industry and Republicans who really want to keep parts of Obamacare. Now’s the time to do it right.”

Club for Growth Praises White House Support of Conservative Health Care Reform

Doug Sachtleben - March 14th, 2017

“President Trump campaigned on interstate competition, and should continue to pressure House leadership to include it in the Republican bill.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to published reports that the White House is urging conservative-backed changes to the House Obamacare alternative:

“Health care reform must fully repeal Obamacare and do what Republicans campaigned on: open up competition and choice to drive down costs. Ryancare fails on these counts, and is actually projected to cause an immediate spike in premiums, while taking nearly a decade to achieve meager reductions,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “President Trump campaigned on interstate competition, and should continue to pressure House leadership to include it in the Republican bill. It will make insurance more affordable so that more people can buy coverage, and that will reduce the demand for Medicaid and subsidies.”

The Club for Growth is the nation’s leading group promoting economic freedom through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, and education.

Club for Growth Releases Annual Congressional Scorecard

Doug Sachtleben - April 28th, 2016

Washington, DC – Today, the Club for Growth released its 2015 Congressional Scorecard, which ranks the voting behavior of Members of Congress based on issues relating to limited government and economic growth.

To view the Club for Growth’s 2015 Congressional Scorecard and all prior scorecards, click here.

“Despite slight progress in 2015, Congress has a lot of room for improvement on pro-growth policies,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “The number of Members receiving the Club’s Defender of Economic Freedom award is up, but still represents only a small percentage of the Republican majorities in Congress. Economic freedom should be a leading theme in the policies coming out of Capitol Hill. Unfortunately, too many Republicans are still committed to big government and big spending, which makes it all the more important that we recognize those lawmakers who are fighting daily to shrink government and the federal bureaucracy that is choking our free markets and the economy.”

This year, 37 Members of Congress will receive the Club for Growth’s Defender of Economic Freedom award. Starting in 2011, the Club for Growth required Representatives and Senators to not only score 90 or better on votes cast in a year, but to also maintain a lifetime rating of at least 90.

The Club for Growth 2015 Congressional Scorecard is based on 29 votes taken in the House of Representatives and 25 votes taken in the Senate.

Highlights from the Club for Growth’s 2015 Congressional Scorecard

Only one United States Senator received a perfect score in 2015: Senator Mike Lee (UT).

Senators Ben Sasse (NE), Marco Rubio (FL), Ted Cruz (TX), Jeff Flake (AZ), Tom Cotton (AR), and Jim Risch (ID) had 2015 scores and lifetime scores high enough to qualify for the Defender of Economic Freedom award.

Thirty House members (up from 25 last year) who received scores of 90 or better in 2015 also had lifetime scores of 90 or better to qualify for the Defender of Economic Freedom award.

Three House members received 100% ratings in 2015. Of those, two had a lifetime rating of 100: Congressmen John Ratcliffe (TX-04) and Tim Huelskamp (KS-01). Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) also had a 100% rating in 2015.

Six Senate Democrats scored zero in 2015, and the highest score of any Senate Democrat, by Senator Joe Manchin (WV), was a mere 23.

The lowest scoring Republican was Senator Susan Collins (MN) with a 25.

Republican leadership scores in 2015 were:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) – 62

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn – 63

House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) – 73

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) – 68

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01) – 65

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) – 58

The Club for Growth is the nation’s leading group promoting economic freedom through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, and education.

The Club’s website can be found at http://www.clubforgrowth.org/

Club Responds to NAM Threat

Doug Sachtleben - August 27th, 2015

Club for Growth president David McIntosh released a statement after the National Association of Manufacturers said it would stop all donations to Republicans while it fights for renewal of the corrupt Export-Import Bank:

“It makes no sense that NAM wants to punish pro-growth lawmakers who are fighting to lower corporate tax rates, stop the EPA, and expand trade opportunities, all to grab some taxpayer subsidies from Ex-Im that most of their members will never benefit from.”

 

Here is the original report on NAM that was published on Politico Pro on 8/27/15:

NAM suspends GOP donations over Ex-Im fight:

The National Association of Manufacturers has decided stop all donations to Republican candidates this fall while it focuses on getting the Export-Import Bank reauthorized, a NAM spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

This is a major move by a monetary heavyweight. The AFL-CIO took a similar route of suspending political donations ahead of the vote on trade promotion authority.

Economist Greg Mankiw on the Export-Import Bank:

Andrew Roth - June 17th, 2015

Economist Greg Mankiw, a former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush, recently came out against the Export-Import Bank. See his short blog post below.


I just got back from Utah, where I was one of the speakers at a conference that has been dubbed “Club Mitt.” One of the other speakers–this one a politician rather than a nerdy academic like me–spoke about the need to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.  (I won’t mention the person’s name, since the event is off the record.)  What struck me is how weak the arguments were.

Three arguments for the Ex-Im Bank were given:

1. It creates jobs Of course it does!  If the government were to put the names of all businesses into a hat, pull out a few randomly, and give those a per unit subsidy, those businesses would expand and hire more workers. That would not make it a good policy, however, because the wrong jobs would be created.

2. It returns money to the Treasury.  Really?  If the bank were truly a profitable venture, we could privatize it.  I bet if the government tried to sell off the Ex-Im Bank, it wouldn’t get much, if anything at all.  If the Bank’s activity were actually profitable, we wouldn’t need a government-run bank to do it.

3. Other countries give similar subsidies to their firms. So what? If other nations engage in corporate welfare, that is no reason for the United States to follow suit in the name of a level playing field.  We don’t need to import other nations’ bad policies.

Maybe there are better arguments for the Export-Import Bank.  But if this is the best advocates of the Bank can do, it shouldn’t be reauthorized.

 

Read it on Greg Mankiw’s Blog here: http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-export-import-bank.html