Government Spending

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.”

Export Import Bank

Doug Sachtleben - November 30th, 2016

The Export-Import Bank is a federal agency that uses billions of tax dollars to back foreign business deals for a small handful of large companies. It is a classic Washington example of picking winners and losers. Some U.S. companies are supported by taxpayers, but most are not.

Congressional authorization for Ex-Im lapsed in 2015, and the agency was only reauthorized after some legislative gamesmanship that slipped it into an unrelated transportation funding bill. However, Ex-Im has been unable to approve new deals in excess of $10 million because its board lacks a quorum.

Now, the Obama Administration wants to change the rules to make a quorum unnecessary. To accomplish this last-minute end-around, the president would need the complicity of Congressional Republicans who would slip the rule change in their next massive federal spending bill.

It would be good for Republicans to remember that the American people elected a new president who said Ex-Im, is ‘really not free enterprise,’ calling it, ‘…a one-way street… feather bedding for politicians… and a few companies… that can do very well without it.’

The Export-Import Bank is exactly the kind of bureaucratic swamp that the American people want drained. They don’t want their tax dollars going to a corrupt federal agency that doles out Washington cronyism to a favored few who get an advantage over the vast majority of American businesses that export.

Congressional Republicans need to stand with taxpayers and firmly oppose Obama’s effort. The Export-Import Bank needs to go away, and not be given an expanded opportunity to continue its corruption.

Club for Growth Opposes Obama’s Last Ditch End-Around for Export-Import Bank

Doug Sachtleben - November 29th, 2016

“The Export-Import Bank is exactly the kind of bureaucratic swamp that the American people want drained.”

 

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to reports that the Obama administration wants Congressional Republicans to change the rules for how the Export-Import Bank operates:

 

“The Export-Import Bank is exactly the kind of bureaucratic swamp that the American people want drained,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “In electing Donald Trump, they voted for a candidate who said Ex-Im, is ‘really not free enterprise,’ calling it, ‘…a one-way street… feather bedding for politicians… and a few companies… that can do very well without it.’

 

“Yet now, President Obama wants to make a last-minute rule change to give a handful of Ex-Im bureaucrats the power to approve taxpayer-backed loans for foreign deals that exceed $10 million. Congressional Republicans need to stand with taxpayers and firmly oppose Obama’s effort. The Export-Import Bank is unnecessary government cronyism that needs to go away, and not be given an expanded opportunity to continue its corruption.”

 

David On WSJ Opinion Journal Re: Earmarks

Stacy French - November 16th, 2016

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