Free Trade

Lumber Policy May Spark Trade War

Madeline Rainwater - October 20th, 2016

The United States may have another front  in a potential trade war: Canada. With protective tariffs forcing Canadian lumber to shutter their doors, American citizens will pay likely pay much higher prices.

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Club for Growth Signs Open Letter to Congress on Free Trade

Doug Sachtleben - September 22nd, 2016

The Club for Growth joined 35 other signatories on an open letter to Congress on Free Trade, and how it’s essential to American prosperity. Free Trade has come under attack throughout this election cycle from the false promises of protectionism. Read the letter here.

Club for Growth TV Ad Urges Louisiana Congressmen Boustany and Richmond to End Support of Corrupt Export-Import Bank

Doug Sachtleben - June 15th, 2016

“Louisianians should urge them to stop backing corporate welfare.”

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth announced the launch of a 30-second television ad urging Congressmen Charles Boustany (LA-03) and Cedric Richmond (LA-02) to stop supporting the corrupt Export-Import Bank:

“The Export-Import Bank is a corrupt Washington agency that doles out corporate welfare to a small handful of favored big companies,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “Some members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation have voted against Ex-Im, but Congressmen Boustany and Richmond have continued to support it. It’s important that their constituents know, and that they call Boustany and Richmond to urge them to stop backing corporate welfare.”

Note: The ad will begin airing tomorrow on broadcast and cable TV throughout Louisiana’s 2nd and 3rd Congressional districts.

The ad can be viewed here.

 

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“Corporate Welfare”

 

THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK.

 

A FAILED FEDERAL AGENCY SO RIDDLED WITH FRAUD, IT’S BEEN CALLED A PETRI DISH OF CORRUPTION AND GRAFT.

 

CORPORATE WELFARE AT ITS WORST, THE BANK SPENDS BILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS SUPPORTING JUST A HANDFUL OF GIANT CORPORATIONS.

 

OBAMA AND CLINTON SUPPORT IT.

 

SO DO LOUISIANA CONGRESSMEN CHARLES BOUSTANY AND CEDRIC RICHMOND.

 

CALL BOUSTANY AND RICHMOND.

 

TELL THEM TO STOP SUPPORTING CORRUPT CORPORATE WELFARE.

 

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/

Senate Democrats Are Getting Desperate for More Export-Import Bank Cronyism

Doug Sachtleben - June 09th, 2016

“Senator Richard Shelby prevented their attempts to make an end-around past the Senate Banking Committee.”

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth released the following statement in response to today’s failed attempt by Democrats to circumvent the Senate Banking Committee and send President Obama’s nominee for the Export-Import Bank’s board of directors to the Senate floor:

 

“Only a few well-connected corporations are the largest beneficiaries of the Export-Import Bank, and they have Senate Democrats fighting to protect their corporate welfare,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “Two Democrats from Washington state took up the fight for Boeing today, while a New York Democrat sought to protect the big banking interests that benefit Ex-Im’s working capital. Fortunately, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (AL), prevented their attempts to make an end-around past the committee. Washington thrives on this kind of corrupt cronyism, and we applaud the work of Senator Shelby in taking a principled stand on behalf of taxpayers”

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 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/