Federal Budget

Club for Growth Supports Expediting Environmental Reviews

Doug Sachtleben - January 24th, 2017

“President Trump’s order will reduce the cost of government actions and help reduce the deficit.”

 Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to President Trump’s signing of an order aimed at expediting environmental reviews and approvals for infrastructure projects:

“President Trump’s order to speed up environmental reviews and approvals for infrastructure projects is a crucial first step in bringing sanity and efficiency to government projects,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “Accelerating reviews that have been burdensome and often unnecessary is pro-growth because it will reduce the cost of government actions and help reduce the deficit. Under Obama, liberal special interests and Washington bureaucrats made an art out of gaming the regulatory system to stall projects and drive up costs borne by taxpayers. Today’s action puts a first, much-needed stake in the heart of Washington’s beloved regulatory state.”

Op-Ed in The Hill: In Mulvaney, Trump’s Budget pick is fiscal hawk with proven history

David McIntosh - January 24th, 2017

BY DAVID MCINTOSH, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR - 

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President Trump has chosen a smart and proven fiscal hawk to direct his Office of Management and Budget (OMB), South Carolina Congressman Mick Mulvaney. He has a record of leading Republicans and even working with Democrats to cut federal spending, rein in the debt, and shine the light of transparency on how the federal government handles our tax dollars.

In 2011, just months after arriving in Congress, Mulvaney drafted the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act, which became the centerpiece of the conservative response to another proposed increase in the debt ceiling.

Mulvaney and other House Republicans agreed to swallow the higher debt limit in exchange for real spending cuts, caps on future spending, and serious action toward a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.

Cut, Cap, and Balance passed the House with bipartisan support, but was killed off by 51 Senate Democrats.

Five-and-a-half years ago, when Mulvaney’s Cut, Cap, and Balance Act was rejected in the Senate, the federal debt was already at $14.3 trillion. Today, it’s nearing $20 trillion. It should be clear by now that it’s time to listen to what Mulvaney has to say about federal spending.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is charged with developing the president’s federal budget. Writing the White House budget is a serious responsibility that should produce a realistic reflection of the president’s priorities. That budget is also supposed to be the opening entry in a serious back-and-forth dialogue between Congress and the administration. (more…)

Club for Growth Applauds Senate GOP for Preserving Earmark Ban

Doug Sachtleben - January 11th, 2017

“Senate Republicans did the right thing today, and Senator Flake deserves credit for pushing the issue.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to published reports that Senate Republicans voted to continue their ban on earmarks:

“House Republicans should take a cue from their Senate counterparts on earmarks,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “Senate Republicans did the right thing today by extending the ban on earmarks, and Senator Jeff Flake (AZ) deserves credit for pushing the issue. Now, House Republicans should do the same: Keep the ban on earmarks.”

Club for Growth Applauds Choice of Mulvaney to Head OMB

Doug Sachtleben - December 17th, 2016

“Mick Mulvaney is a leader among economic conservatives, and his selection is a major victory for taxpayers.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC-05) to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget:

“The days of the White House producing massive, ridiculous budgets that are dead on arrival on Capitol Hill are over,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “Mick Mulvaney is a leader among economic conservatives, and the Trump Administration’s selection is a major victory for taxpayers and for all who want to see the downsizing of the federal government. Since he was first elected in 2010, Mick Mulvaney has never scored less than 93% on the Club for Growth’s annual scorecard, and he has a lifetime average of 96. He has walked the walk of economic conservatism, and will bring that same steadfastness to the White House.”

Club for Growth Says “No” to Republican Effort to Restore Earmarks

Doug Sachtleben - November 15th, 2016

“Voters believed that Republicans would ‘drain the swamp,’ not redirect it for their own benefit.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to reports that a group of House Republicans wants a secret vote to end the ban on congressional earmarks:

“This is a test of whether Republicans are listening to the American people,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “It’s been barely a week since voters sent a resounding rejection of Washington insider politics, and yet House Republicans are already on the verge of proving they’re tone deaf. Earmarks represent the worst of inside-the-beltway gamesmanship, by enticing Members to vote for big-government bills with the lure of getting tax dollars for big projects back in their districts. House Republicans banned earmarks in 2011, but some have been trying to get back their spending power ever since. Voters believed that Republicans would ‘drain the swamp,’ not redirect it for their own benefit. Any effort to restore this kind of cronyism should be flatly rejected.”

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