Club for Growth Urges House Republicans to Bat Down Talk of a BAT

Rachael Slobodien - June 20th, 2017

“A border adjustment tax is a ball and chain that is dragging down real, pro-growth tax reform.”

Washington, DC – Today, ahead of Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) speech at the National Association of Manufacturers, Club for Growth President David McIntosh offered the following statement outlining factors that make for pro-growth tax reform.  In his statement, McIntosh also encourages Republicans to resist implementing a border adjustment tax as part of any tax reform proposal.

“Roughly one year ago this week, House Speaker Ryan unveiled the House Republicans’ blueprint to overhaul the tax code,” Club for Growth President David McIntosh stated.  “In an attempt to craft pro-growth tax reform, the blueprint called for lower tax rates and a territorial tax system for international corporations.”

“But, here we are a year later, and Congress has made little progress towards cutting taxes – even though voters overwhelmingly sent Republicans to Washington with a clear mandate to reduce taxes.

“The biggest impediment to pro-growth tax reform is the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT).   It is a political loser.  The BAT has become a ball and chain that is dragging down real, pro-growth tax reform.  The Republican Senate has made it clear that the BAT is a nonstarter.  President Trump’s proposal also wisely sidesteps the issue entirely – choosing correctly to focus on pro-growth tax cuts, rather than middle class tax increases, which would be the inevitable consequence of a BAT.   

“Any member who campaigned on lowering taxes should not even entertain the idea of a BAT.  However, Speaker Ryan and a few members of Congress, like Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), continue to push the idea of a border adjustment tax.  Their unwillingness to abandon the proposal now threatens to doom the best prospects Republicans have to pass meaningful tax reform.

“No matter how Rep. Brady and others may try to sell it—like with a five-year transition period—a BAT will effectively be a $5 trillion tax hike on American consumers.  Those in favor of a BAT try to rationalize it by arguing it is necessary to lower tax rates on corporations.   Club for Growth flatly rejects Speaker Ryan’s green eyeshade notion that in order to pass pro-growth tax cuts, Republicans have to raise taxes.  The BAT would do so at the expense of hardworking American families struggling to make ends meet.  Republicans in Congress should not support it.

“Since its inception, Club for Growth has fought to enact tax reform to lessen the tax burden on American families and businesses and in so doing, unleash economic growth.  Just last week, Club for Growth and Americans for Tax Reform made the case for lasting tax reforms by extending the budget window beyond ten years.  And that’s one of many pro-growth approaches to tax reform, but the border adjustment tax is not.”


Op-Ed in WSJ: Club for Growth and American’s for Tax Reform Make the Case for Lasting Tax Reform

Stacy French - June 14th, 2017

The budget window has traditionally been a decade.

But the Senate could make it 25 years.”

Club for Growth President David McIntosh and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist penned an opinion editorial in The Wall Street Journal making the case for extending the budget window to 25 years or more.

Below is an excerpt of the op-ed, and the piece may be read in its entirety here.

Tax Cuts That Last – With 51 Votes

“Americans know what kind of tax reform they want: a bill that cuts rates across the board, kills the death tax and the alternative minimum tax, expands the personal and family exemptions, and eliminates politically directed loopholes. If lawmakers passed such a plan it would supercharge the economy and create millions of jobs.

The challenge is how to get from here to there, given the rules of Congress.

Tax reform can be enacted with a simple majority in the Senate under the process known as budget reconciliation… [A]ny tax reform meant to spur economic growth should be permanent so that businesses and entrepreneurs can plan ahead. If they don’t know what the rules will be a few years down the road it is tougher to build factories, hire new workers, invest in equipment, or spend on research and development.

Conventional wisdom says that the only way to pass lasting tax cuts is to offset them with corresponding tax increases, base broadening or, best of all, permanent spending cuts.

There’s another option: Extend the budget window to 25 years—or more. The 10-year window is not set in stone. The Budget Act of 1974 simply says that the window has to be at least five years in duration.

The idea of modifying the time frame isn’t new, and it certainly isn’t radical. The budget window was expanded in 1995 from five years to seven, and then in 1999 to 10 years, where it has remained for no particularly good reason.

We say extend the budget window to 25 years. Why? Because the people creating jobs and investing in new products think long-term. Depreciation schedules for new plant and equipment often run to 25 years or more.

Lawmakers simply should write this year’s budget to say that all tax cuts can last 25 years, which would allow rate reductions to go into effect now and be offset later with revenue from higher growth or spending restraint.”

“… As President Trump says, “prime the pump” now and the economy will start to flow, creating millions of jobs and more tax money for Washington… Extending the budget window to 25 years would cut the Gordian knot, unravel the Byrd Rule and allow serious tax reform to create millions of jobs in the years to come.”


Club for Growth Praises Trump Tax Plan

Doug Sachtleben - April 28th, 2017

Club President David McIntosh joined the Fox Business Network on Wednesday, just hours after the Trump Administration laid out the framework of the President’s tax cut proposal.

Rep. Roger Williams: Pro-Growth Tax Reform Should Cut Taxes and Reject the BAT

Doug Sachtleben - April 27th, 2017

 “Rep. Williams’ message – cut taxes, cut spending, and reject the Border Adjustment Tax – should be echoed by every Republican in Congress.”


Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to an interview Congressman Roger Williams gave to Bloomberg on the topic of tax reform:

“Congressman Williams has just given his colleagues in Congress the core principles of pro-growth tax reform: cut taxes, cut federal spending, and reject the Border Adjustment Tax,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “With the House of Representatives now framing the legislative language for historic tax reform, Rep. Williams’ message – don’t cut taxes, and then raise them by creating a BAT – should be echoed by every Republican in Congress. We hope Rep. Williams’ constituents will thank him for emphasizing the proven formula that cutting taxes leads to economic growth that will create more taxpayers.”




Club for Growth Celebrates 100 Days of Pro-Growth Progress

Doug Sachtleben - April 26th, 2017

“President Trump has halted the economic destruction of the Obama years, and what would have been their extension by Hillary Clinton, and has restored confidence in the economy with strong and effective pro-growth policies.”


Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement about the progress made by the Trump Administration on pro-growth policies as the administration nears the 100-day mark:


“Imagine the economic devastation we’d be talking about today if Hillary Clinton had been elected: Higher taxes, more job-crushing government regulations, an expansion of government-run health care, and massive government overreach into the private sector,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “In less than 100 days, President Trump and his administration have not only prevented that nightmare, but they have halted the economic destruction caused by eight years of Obama Administration policies, and have restored consumer and business confidence with strong and effective pro-growth policies (see below). The result of these policies has been a 15% gain in the stock market, which has added at least $2 trillion of wealth to all Americans in their retirement funds and savings.”


  • The President’s anticipated tax reform proposal will include the most pro-growth tax cuts in a generation.
  • The Administration has worked relentlessly for an Obamacare repeal deal.
  • President Trump has signed 13 Congressional Review Act (CRA) measures, erasing unnecessary and costly federal regulations.
  • The President has issued crucial Executive Orders that are crushing Washington’s oppressive regulatory state in a way that will put billions of dollars back into the economy.
  • The confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court bodes well for protecting individual rights and limiting the federal government.
  • The President has appointed the most conservative Cabinet to execute his administration’s policies.