Federal Budget

More on Ebola…

Andrew Roth - October 22nd, 2014

In a follow-up from the last blog post, here’s this news item about what the private sector is doing about Ebola.

Johnson & Johnson will begin safety testing in early January on a vaccine combination that could protect people from a strain of the deadly Ebola virus.

The health care products maker said Wednesday that the vaccine being developed by its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies protects against an Ebola strain that is “highly similar” to the virus that has triggered the current outbreak in West Africa. Johnson & Johnson also plans to test whether its vaccine protects against the version causing the outbreak, which has killed more than 4,500 people.

The New Brunswick, New Jersey, company has committed up to $200 million to speed up and expand production of the vaccine program.

Is More Money Needed for Ebola?

Andrew Roth - October 22nd, 2014

There’s two sides to every coin.  On one side ($):

“The CDC and NIH clearly do not have the resources they need,” said Rosa DeLauro, ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, said in a statement to CQ Roll Call. “Congress should immediately come back to Washington and vote to provide emergency funds before the November election. If we do not do so, our ability to fight and cure diseases could be at risk.”

And on the other side:

The director of the National Institutes for Health claims a vaccine for Ebola “probably” would have been developed by now if not for the stagnant funding for the agency, which has a $30 billion annual budget. Yet NIH did come up with the money to pay to give Swedish massages for rabbits [emphasis added].

The NIH also doled out money to investigate the meditation effects of reading Buddhist literature ($533,376).  And it spent money sending text messages to alcoholics ($480,500), obese people ($2.7 million), and meth addicts ($360,113).

These questionable projects (and unfortunately more) come from Senator Tom Coburn’s 2014 Wastebook.  It should be required reading for anyone who thinks the government is wisely spending our money, and thus, deserves more of our hard-earned tax dollars.

Key Vote Alert – “NO” on Senate TRIA Bill (S. 2244)

Andrew Roth - July 17th, 2014


The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote “NO” on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (S. 2244) sponsored by Sen. Chuck Schumer. A vote is expected later today. This vote will be included in the Club for Growth’s 2014 Congressional Scorecard.

This program was meant to be temporary when it was created in 2001, so terminating the program or, at the very least, winding it down, would be the best course of action. Instead, this bill extends the program for seven more years with only modest reforms. A country that believes in free markets should not have a federal government subsidizing insurance policies at the bidding of various special interests. Fiscally conservative Senators should vigorously oppose this legislation.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 113th 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.

Big Government and Income Inequality

Andrew Roth - January 20th, 2014

Economist David Malpass offers a good rebuttal to Democrats who are trying (yet again) to exploit income inequality this election year:

Conservatives need to champion economic growth as Reagan did, but they also need to make a more forceful connection between the government’s centralization of power and income inequality.

Rep. Jim Jordan Discusses a Renewal of Welfare Reform with John Stossel

Andrew Roth - October 16th, 2012