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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.”

 

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Stacy French - November 16th, 2016

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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.

In the Student Debt Crisis, the Worst Solution is Debt Forgiveness

Madeline Rainwater - October 24th, 2016

It’s been conclusively proved that federally subsidizing higher education is one of the driving forces behind untenable tuition prices and an increasing debt load on students, but as Mary Clare from the Daily Signal points out, these debt forgiveness plans “do nothing to address price increases and shift more of the financial burden onto taxpayers”.

It’s clear that the solution should not be outright forgiveness. Mary Clare goes on to advocate for reforming of the existing accreditation system, a solution certainly worth a look given our current offerings.

Read the full article here

Ray LaHood Is Still Wrong About Raising the Gas Tax

Doug Sachtleben - June 30th, 2016

“Only a DC bureaucrat would think that throwing more money at an inefficient program is a good idea.”

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth released the following statement in response to today’s remarks by former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who again called for an increase in the gas tax:

 

“Google ‘Ray LaHood’ and ‘gas tax” (See here, here, and here), and you’ll see that his cheering for a higher gas tax has been a tired and annual refrain,” said Club for Growth VP of Government Affairs Andy Roth. “His solution is the typical big-government, non-solution. Only a DC bureaucrat would think that throwing more money at an inefficient program is a good idea.

 

“With an administration that’s squeezing the life out of people’s wallets, why not look for a solution that doesn’t force taxpayers to give up more money to fund bad ideas? Congress should pass the Transportation Empowerment Act(HR 2716 / S 1541), which returns authority for highways back to the states. That’s the way to achieve a more accountable and efficient highway program.”

 

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