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Graham-Cassidy Opens the Door to Begin a Full Repeal of Obamacare; Additional Provisions Necessary to Reduce Costly Regulations

Rachael Slobodien - September 19th, 2017

Washington, DC – Today, Club for Growth President David McIntosh issued the following statement to encourage Senators Graham and Cassidy to include additional provisions in their legislation to reform Obamacare:

“Republicans must deliver on the nearly eight-year promise to repeal Obamacare,” stated Club for Growth President David McIntosh.

The current vehicle that opens the door to begin a full repeal of Obamacare is the Graham-Cassidy legislation.  While it is better than Obamacare, there’s no doubt this legislation still falls far short of a full repeal and does not do enough to lower health insurance costs.

One proposal that would do much to strengthen this legislation is Senator Cruz’s revised Consumer Freedom amendment to roll back the harmful and costly regulations at the heart of Obamacare.  Consistent with Graham-Cassidy, this addition would further empower states by allowing an opt-in process which gives the states an opportunity to choose which regulations to follow.  If this change is incorporated in the final version of the Graham-Cassidy legislation, Club for Growth will plan to support the bill.

“Make no mistake, passage of Graham-Cassidy legislation is not the end of the effort to repeal Obamacare.  Conservatives will continue to fight for Congress to do more to repeal Obamacare in order to protect families who have suffered greatly from increased health insurance costs.”

Club for Growth PAC: North Dakota Voters Do Not Want Heitkamp Reelected

Rachael Slobodien - September 18th, 2017

Washington, DC – Today, Club for Growth PAC released poll results that reveal North Dakota voters are ready for someone other than Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to represent them in the U.S. Senate.  Highlights from the poll can be found here.  The findings certainly make Heitkamp’s reelection chances difficult.

Specifically, the polling revealed:

  • According to likely voters, Heitkamp hasn’t accomplished enough and doesn’t deserve reelection.  A plurality of North Dakota voters now believe it’s time to elect someone new.
  • North Dakota State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt leads Heitkamp on the ballot by four points.
  • Heitkamp’s refusal to repeal Obamacare is damaging.  Heitkamp possesses a number of vulnerabilities, but casting the deciding vote against Obamacare repeal is especially damaging to her reelection prospects.

The survey was conducted for Club for Growth by WPAi on September 10-11, 2017.  The study has a sample size of n=406 likely voters (40% cell phone interviews) and a margin of error equal to ±4.9% in 95 out of 100 cases.

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Club for Growth: Congress Must Offset Harvey Spending; Urges Separate Consideration of Debt Ceiling Increase

Rachael Slobodien - September 05th, 2017

“Opportunistic politicians are using this tragedy as a blank check to fund pet projects.  They are exploiting victims to hand out pork — it’s despicable.”

Washington, DC – Today, Club for Growth President David McIntosh issued the following statement in response to press reports that the House of Representatives and the Senate this week will likely vote on a Harvey spending bill and a debt ceiling increase.  The House is expected to vote on the Harvey relief bill as early as this Wednesday.  The vote will be included in the Club for Growth’s 2017 Congressional Scorecard:

“The events last week in Houston were devastating, but even before the murky waters in Texas have fully receded, Congress is already up to its old shenanigans,” stated Club for Growth President David McIntosh.

That’s because when special interests and lobbyists hear the magic words ‘emergency spending’ their eyes light up like a kid at Christmas-time.  Instead of reserving emergency funds for those in greatest need of assistance, opportunistic politicians are using this tragedy as a blank check to fund pet projects all over the country.  They are exploiting victims to hand out pork — it’s despicable.

“Club for Growth has long fought for offsetting emergency spending for natural disasters and will continue to do so.  Disasters like Harvey may be unpredictable, but we know with 100 percent certainty that they will occur.  Congress needs to stop using the ‘emergency’ label as an excuse for politicians to spend money without paying for it.  All disaster relief should always be paid for.  Period. 

 With regard to the debt ceiling increase, David McIntosh noted, “The idea of coupling an increase in the debt ceiling with a Harvey spending bill is equally abhorrent.  For months, Secretary Mnuchin advocated for a clean debt ceiling.  That measure – increasing our nation’s spending ability without significant structural reforms – was reckless enough on its own.  But now, with the Senate’s intention to add Harvey spending to a debt ceiling increase, even calling it a ‘clean’ increase is a misnomer; this action is dirtier than ever.”

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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

Club for Growth PAC Endorses Chris Herrod (UT-03); Club for Growth Action Launches Ad Exposing John Curtis’ Tax-Hiking Record

Rachael Slobodien - August 04th, 2017

“Chris Herrod is a tried and true fiscal conservative with a proven record.”

Washington, DC – Today, the Club for Growth PAC announced its endorsement of Chris Herrod, former Utah State Representative, for the special election to fill the UT-03 House seat, formerly held by Jason Chaffetz.   Club for Growth Action also unveiled a new TV and digital ad, entitled “Halloween,” which exposes John Curtis’ consistent support for tax increases and Tanner Ainge’s intent to be “bipartisan” and work with the likes of Nancy Pelosi.

“Chris Herrod is a tried and true fiscal conservative with a proven record,” stated Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh.

“Unlike others in this race, Chris’ words match his impeccable, pro-growth record, and Utahns can count on Chris to fight for them.

“While some so-called Republicans in this primary only now support lowering taxes, Chris has fought for the Utah taxpayer for decades.  In his time serving the state of Utah, Chris earned some of the most impressive distinctions for his work protecting Utah taxpayers.

“When casting a vote for Chris Herrod, Utahns know exactly what they’re getting—a principled, economic conservative dedicated to protecting taxpayers instead of lobbyists and special interests.”

Club for Growth Action’s new ad can be viewed here and will begin airing August 7 on broadcast and cable networks across Utah’s 3rd district.

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