Press Releases

Press Release on CAFTA

Andrew Roth - June 14th, 2005

We issued the following press release today:bq.

Statement by Club for Growth President Pat Toomey About the Senate Finance Committee’s Approval of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)
bq. “The Senate Finance Committee approval of CAFTA today was sour medicine for the protectionist and corporate welfare partners of the big sugar lobby but it was just what the doctor ordered to help grow our economy.bq. “There are still many votes to cast until CAFTA is approved and lobbying against the agreement will get more intense as the process moves forward. Pro-growth advocates will be watching closely to see which members of Congress match their free trade rhetoric with a vote for CAFTA and which ones vote for protectionism rather than for their constituents and the U.S. economy.”bq. The Club for Growth recently ran ads in newspapers in Montana, New Mexico, Oregon and Wyoming to highlight the expected economic benefits that CAFTA will bring to vital sectors of the economy and the threat that the protectionist big sugar lobby is making to the agreement. The ads urged Sens. Baucus, Bingaman, Wyden and Thomas to vote for CAFTA. Sens. Thomas and Wyden both voted for CAFTA in the Senate Finance Committee today.

New Press Release

Andrew Roth - June 13th, 2005

Together with our full-page newspaper ads, we issued the following press release over the weekend (along with similar other versions):bq.

LEADING PRO-GROWTH ADVOCACY GROUP KICKS OFF AD CAMPAIGN URGING SENATOR WYDEN’S SUPPORT FOR CAFTA
bq. WASHINGTON – The Club for Growth, the nation’s leading pro-growth advocacy group, today began an ad campaign to urge Senator Ron Wyden to support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which would open foreign markets to U.S. products, producing jobs for American workers and growing the economy in Oregon and across the country.bq. “Senator Wyden’s support for CAFTA is vital if we are to take advantage of the enormous opportunity it represents to ensure that U.S. companies have greater access to a market of 44 million consumers,” said Pat Toomey, President of the Club For Growth. “This ad campaign is designed to remind him – and the voters of Oregon – that his support could be the deciding factor in whether we have this important tool to help create jobs and grow our economy.”bq. The ads, which will run in Portland starting today, highlight the expected economic benefits that CAFTA will bring to vital sectors of the economy like agriculture. As the largest free trade agreement since NAFTA, the benefits are expected to include:bq.
  • $1.5 billion annually in expanded U.S. farm exports (The AmericanFarm Bureau);
  • $1 billion a year in additional good exports (National Associationof Manufacturers);
  • $756 million reduced from the U.S. trade deficit (U.S. InternationalTrade Commission);

“CAFTA is a better deal for U.S. farmers and ranchers than the protectionist tariffs that currently get added to their products in these markets,” added Toomey. “These ads make clear to Senator Wyden that supporting CAFTA when it comes before the U.S. Senate would provide an enormous economic boost for Oregon and the entire country.”

Club for Growth Issues Press Release

Andrew Roth - May 17th, 2005

Club for Growth President Pat Toomey Says Senate Transportation Bill “A Fiscal Monstrosity” “The transportation bill passed by the Senate today exceeds even the House version as a fiscal monstrosity,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “It runs totally counter to the lower taxes, responsible spending lip service paid by Republicans and moderate Democrats at election time.” President Bush originally proposed $256 billion for a six-year surface transportation bill – a whopping 21% increase over the last six-year bill. After Congress last year found it impossible to spend within the confines of that double-digit increase, the President unfortunately upped his offer to $284 billion in his FY06 budget. The House then passed a bill spending $284 billion, but with a provision to allow additional spending during the 6-year window. Not to be outdone when it comes to wasting the taxpayers’ money, the Senate has passed a bill to spend $295 billion. Transportation funding is among the worst examples of misspending and pork barrel politics. Congress earmarks thousands of individual projects, many of which have nothing to do with transportation. In the House bill alone there are more than 4000 such projects. Examples include:

  • $3 million to renovate and expand the National Packard Museum and adjacent historic Packard facilities in Ohio;
  • $500,000 to improve sidewalks, upgrade lighting, and add landscaping in downtown Glennville, Georgia;
  • $4 million to plan and construct bike/pedestrian crossings of the Washington-Palmetto Canal in the vicinity of Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana; and
  • $1.3 million to construct a recreational visitor center on the Mesabi Trail in the City of Virginia, Minnesota.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan vetoed a transportation bill because it had excessive earmarks. The bill contained less than 200 overall. “If a conference committee does not significantly pare back this bloated bill, we will urge a “NO” vote in both chambers on the conference report,” concluded Toomey. “And if the conference report nevertheless passes, we will urge the President to give this bill the veto it rightly deserves.”

Club for Growth Issues Press Release

Andrew Roth - March 23rd, 2005

The Club for Growth issued the following press release today:bq. The 2005 Social Security Trustees Report was issued today, which indicated that the program’s financial condition is worse than previously expected. In response, the Club for Growth, the nation’s most influential organization dedicated to advancing economic growth policies, released the following statement:bq. “The findings of this new report come as no surprise. It confirms what we already know — that the Social Security program, in its current form, is unsustainable, and the days of reckoning are coming sooner rather than later,” said former Congressman and Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “The good new is, if Congress follows President Bush’s lead and reforms the program by allowing younger workers to accumulate real savings in personal retirement accounts, they can avoid this disaster. It’s just common sense to change the ship’s course before it hits the iceberg.” bq. The Club for Growth was founded in 1999 as a nationwide membership organization dedicated to advancing public policies that promote economic growth. The organization’s PAC helps raise campaign contributions from its members for the most free-market oriented candidates in targeted congressional and other races. In the 2004 election cycle, the Club for Growth and its affiliates raised over $22 million and the Club’s PAC helped elect 16 new Members of Congress. The Club for Growth has grown 15-fold since 2000 to over 30,000 members today.