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Club for Growth Leads Coalition Urging President Trump to Stand Firm against Special Interest Pressure to Drop Ex-Im Pick

Rachael Slobodien - August 07th, 2017

“It is beyond audacious that the recipients of the Bank’s subsidies believe they can select the person to run the very agency that will hand the goodies out to them.”

Washington, DC –Today, Club for Growth sent a coalition letter to Senator Michael Crapo, Senate Chairman of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, to denounce special interests who seek to strongarm President Trump into dropping the appointment of Scott Garrett as the next president of the Export-Import Bank.  Additionally, the conservative organizations announce opposition to any nomination (or slate of nominations) to Ex-Im’s board if Garrett’s nomination is not considered.

The letter can be read in its entirety below or can be viewed in pdf version by clicking this link.

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Dear Chairman Crapo,

On behalf of the following organizations representing millions of Americans, we write to strongly denounce the special interest business groups that are urging the White House to drop the appointment of Scott Garrett as the next president of the Export-Import Bank.

It is beyond audacious that the recipients of the Bank’s subsidies believe that they, not the President, can select the person to run the very agency that will hand the goodies out to them.  This is regulatory capture at its worst.

Cronyism and corruption have long plagued the Bank’s operations.  When special interests publicly demand their spoils in such an egregious manner, it only further erodes the public’s confidence in their government.

President Trump has successfully appointed reformers to lead other agencies – like Scott Pruitt at the EPA and Betsy DeVos at the Department of Education.  His appointment of Garrett is in keeping with his courageous reform agenda to “drain the swamp.”  For special interest groups to dictate the terms of his appointments is precisely the wrong message to send to the American people.

As recently as 2015, the Bank had almost 800 fraud claims levied against it.  There have been 85 indictments, 48 criminal judgements, and 66 years of prison sentences brought to bear because of the Bank’s activities.  Letting special interests continue to control the Bank’s leadership and operations will only extend this disastrously corrupt track record.

We’re extremely hopeful that President Trump will ignore the special interests that are so desperate for their Export-Import Bank gravy train to continue.  To that end, our groups and the people we represent, will vocally oppose any nomination (or slate of nominations) to Ex-Im’s board if Garrett’s nomination is not considered.

Regards,

David McIntosh, President
Club for Growth

Michael A. Needham, Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America

Jason Pye, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
FreedomWorks

Rick Manning, President
Americans for Limited Government

Phil Kerpen, President
American Commitment

David Williams, President
Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Colin A. Hanna, President
Let Freedom Ring USA

Daniel Schneider, Executive Director
American Conservative Union

Tony Perkins, President
Family Research Council

WSJ Letter to the Editor: Garrett is the Right Man to Clean Up Ex-Im

Stacy French - July 20th, 2017

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President Jay Timmons’s “A Trump Disappointment for Manufacturers” (op-ed, July 12) slamming Scott Garrett, President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Export-Import Bank, leaves readers with more questions than answers. But one issue that is made abundantly clear is the lengths to which Mr. Timmons will go to preserve crony capitalism.

Instead of questioning Mr. Garrett’s integrity, the better question is why does NAM so staunchly defend an entity that’s become synonymous with corruption and fraud.

Read full article on WSJ.com

Coalition Letter: Urging Representatives to co-sponsor the “Highway Restoration Act of 2017,” HR 2391

Andrew Roth - July 14th, 2017

Open Letter to the House of Representatives: End Wasteful Mass Transit Account

 

July 14, 2017

Dear Representatives:

 

We the undersigned organizations, representing millions of Americans, urge you to co-sponsor the “Highway Restoration Act of 2017,” HR 2391, introduced by Representative Mark Sanford (R-SC). This legislation would phase out the Highway Trust Fund’s Mass Transit Account, ending this ongoing misuse of federal gas tax dollars and creating a more sustainable path for the Highway Trust Fund.

 

The Highway Trust Fund receives a majority of its funding from taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel, rooted in a user-pay assumption that these revenues will be used for federal highway construction and maintenance. The Mass Transit Account violates this model by diverting billions of dollars to fund everything from street cars to light rail systems. Indeed, the Mass Transit Account represents the second-largest expenditure from the Highway Trust Fund, just after the Highway Account. These largely local, municipally controlled systems subsidize the activities of users who don’t pay into the underlying fund.

 

With the Highway Trust Fund facing increasing shortfalls and creating a growing drain on already-stretched general revenues, Congress needs to rethink its approach to highway funding. The best place to start is by eliminating this wasteful federal subsidy for local mass transit projects. HR 2391 could save taxpayers tens of billions of dollars and restore solvency to the Highway Trust Fund. We urge all Representatives to cosponsor the “Highway Restoration Act of 2017.”

 

Sincerely,

Brandon Arnold, Executive Vice President

National Taxpayers Union

 

Lisa B. Nelson, CEO

ALEC Action

 

Phil Kerpen, President

American Commitment

 

Dan Schneider, Executive Director

American Conservative Union

 

Norm Singleton, President

Campaign for Liberty

 

Andrew F. Quinlan, President

Center for Freedom and Prosperity

 

Jeffrey Mazzella, President

Center for Individual Freedom

 

David McIntosh, President

Club for Growth

Jonathan Bydlak, President

Coalition to Reduce Spending

 

Tom Schatz, President

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

 

Mark Scribner, Senior Fellow

Competitive Enterprise Institute

 

Adam Brandon, President

FreedomWorks

 

Heather R. Higgins, President and CEO

Independent Women’s Voice

 

David Williams, President

Taxpayers Protection Alliance

 

Judson Phillips, Founder

Tea Party Nation

Club for Growth Urges Fiscal Responsibility on Infrastructure Spending

Doug Sachtleben - May 11th, 2017

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The Club for Growth co-signed a letter to Congress urging strong support for protecting taxpayers and reforming regulations for any future spending on transportation and infrastructure. Click on the link above to read the letter.

Club for Growth Applauds Proposed Federal Spending Cuts in Trump Budget

Doug Sachtleben - March 16th, 2017

“This blueprint begins the much-needed work of making major cuts in agencies like the EPA, and ending the waste of taxpayer dollars that are being poured into things like federally-funded TV and radio.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s release of its budget blueprint:

“That sound you hear from Washington, DC this morning is the weeping and gnashing of teeth from bureaucrats and politicians who have built the federal government into an industry on the backs of taxpayers,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “The Trump Administration’s budget blueprint begins the much-needed work of making major cuts in agencies like the EPA, and ending the waste of taxpayer dollars that are being poured into things like federally-funded TV and radio. President Trump and OBM Director Mick Mulvaney are showing the political will to take the axe to many bloated and unnecessary programs. We hope Congress will follow suit, and that this is just the start of an ongoing effort to truly cut the size and scope of the federal government.”