Doug Sachtleben - March 18th, 2016
Announcement from the House Freedom Caucus on March 14, 2016
“From the beginning of the budget process, the House Freedom Caucus has called for a Republican budget that shows the American people we are serious about addressing Washington’s out-of-control spending problem. Our Members have put forward multiple proposals that would rein in spending through real budget reforms. House leadership has continually asked the Republican conference to support President Obama’s budget levels, even though the national debt passed the $19 trillion mark in January, and the Congressional Budget Office has reported that the federal deficit increased by $105 billion this year. As a group, we have decided that we cannot support the current budget at the $1.07 trillion level for discretionary spending. We continue to hope that we can work with the House Republican conference to write a conservative budget that reduces spending while prioritizing our defense needs and the priorities of the American people.”
Andrew Roth - December 15th, 2015
In October, Congress agreed to suspend the debt limit by more than a trillion dollars and increase federal spending by $80 billion over the next two years, smashing the spending caps set in 2011 by the Budget Control Act. But that was just the beginning. What Congress did in October was to draw a blueprint for the impending omnibus spending bill, which is currently being finalized in Congress.
The omnibus bill, much like the one passed in 2013, will be a massive $1.1 trillion piece of legislation that will be like a Christmas tree, filled with gifts to both parties. An Omnibus puts all of the federal government’s discretionary spending for the rest of the fiscal year into an all-or-nothing package. It will likely be similar to the omnibus bill passed a year ago; that one was a grotesque 1,600-page piece of legislation.
It’s not hard to see why Congress would have trouble passing such a monstrosity. Fiscal conservatives are wary of it for obvious reasons: increased debt, federal waste, etc. That’s why the process for omnibus bills usually involves appeasement to both sides of the aisle, hoping to make just enough lawmakers pleased to get to 218 votes in the House. As a part of this process, lawmakers attach a mishmash of so-called policy riders, with the theory that reluctant Members could be swayed to vote for the whole package.
Another problem with the process is that Congress once again waits until the last minute to get anything done. This gives bargaining power to Democrats in Congress, who threaten a government shutdown that the media will blame on Republicans. It also means resorting to another 1,000+ page bill in the place of what should be a more deliberate and detailed appropriations process.
Doug Sachtleben - November 24th, 2015
Today, conservative leaders, including Club for Growth President David McIntosh, sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging them to continue the policy contained in recent appropriations bills restricting the use of Obamacare’s “Risk Corridor” program:
November 24, 2015
Speaker Paul Ryan
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
S-230, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell,
As you begin negotiations over legislation to continue government funding past December 11, 2015, we the undersigned individuals and organizations urge you to continue the policy contained in recent appropriations bills restricting the use of Obamacare’s “Risk Corridor” program.
Many of us signed on to a letter last year1 describing the Risk Corridor program (Sec. 1342 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare”) in detail and outlining why we believed it was important to restrict its ability to serve as a “taxpayer bailout” for Obamacare-participating insurance companies. Fortunately, Congress was able to insert such language into the last omnibus appropriations act (specifically Division G, Title II, Sec. 227 of P.L. 113-235)2.
Doug Sachtleben - October 27th, 2015
Washington – Late Monday night, the House Rules Committee released text of a massive deal that would increase the debt ceiling by at least $1.5 trillion and increase spending by at least $80 billion over the next two years in exchange for promises of spending reductions in the last few years of the ten-year budget window. The zombie budget deal will also include a number of other provisions of concern. Club for Growth President David McIntosh and Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham issued a joint statement:
“This budget and debt deal is being brokered by a lame duck speaker and a lame duck president. It represents the very worst of Washington – a last minute deal that increases spending and debt under the auspices of fiscal responsibility. If this deal moves forward, it will undermine efforts to unite the party by those promising to advance serious policy reforms.
“The House should work to empower a new speaker to preserve the spending caps and fight for serious reforms contained in the budget. Heritage Action and the Club for Growth call on Chairman Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise to stop this zombie budget deal.”
The Club for Growth is the nation’s leading group promoting economic freedom through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, and education.
Andrew Roth - June 12th, 2015
KEY VOTE ALERT
“NO” on TAA Reauthorization (HR 1314)
The Club for Growth urges all House members to vote “NO” on the bill that reauthorizes Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). A vote on this is expected today as part of the debate on the Trade Act of 2015 (HR 1314). This vote will be included in the Club for Growth’s 2015 Congressional Scorecard.
TAA is a wasteful welfare program that even some supporters have recognized as ineffective. It selectively rewards workers who lose their jobs due to trade (a determination that is itself subjective and tenuous) and discriminates against those who lose their job from market forces unrelated to trade. This makes it a political special interest giveaway. Worst of all, an analysis commissioned by the Labor Department found that the net benefit to society of TAA was a negative $53,802 per participant. Any House member committed to rooting out waste in the federal government should vote “NO” on this proposal.
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