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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.

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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.

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/