Federal Budget

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.”

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

IRS Reportedly Wasted $12 Million on an Unusable Email System

Madeline Rainwater - October 20th, 2016

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) just released a report that found the IRS authorized the purchase of $12 million in subscriptions for an enterprise email system that was never properly installed. Besides violating several federal requirements for how these sorts of products are acquired, this is a clear misuse of taxpayer dollars, and certainly deserves scrutiny!

Read more on this story here.

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/