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Key Vote Alert - "NO" on the Farm Bill Conference Report (HR 2642)

Posted on Jan. 28, 14 | 09:02 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on the Farm Bill Conference Report (HR 2642)

The Club for Growth urges all members of Congress to vote “NO” on the conference report to the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (HR 2642). We expect a vote in the House later this week, with a vote in the Senate some time thereafter. The vote will be included in the Club’s 2014 Congressional Scorecard.

For starters, this 949-page bill is yet another bloated proposal that House and Senate leaders are rushing through Congress without giving members and the public enough time to read and understand the bill. The CBO hasn’t even issued an official score at the time of this key vote alert’s release.

Second, this bill continues, for blatant political reasons, the unholy marriage of agricultural subsidies and food stamps – two completely separate issues. At a minimum, these two programs should be voted on as separate, stand-alone bills. True reform would also include implementing a plan to devolve the food stamp program to the states and eventually eliminate federal agricultural subsidies. This bill is well short of that goal. Instead, it’s a “Christmas Tree” bill where there’s a gift for practically every special interest group out there with a well-connected lobbyist, including the fresh-cut Christmas tree industry!

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Key Vote Alert - "NO" on the FY14 Omnibus (Senate Amdt. to HR 3547)

Posted on Jan. 14, 14 | 02:07 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on the FY14 Omnibus (Senate Amdt. to HR 3547)

The Club for Growth urges all members of Congress to vote "NO" on the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (Senate Amdt. to HR 3547). Consideration of the plan will likely be later this week. The vote will be included in the Club's 2014 Congressional Scorecard.

This 1,582-page "omnibus" proposal is the product of the flawed Ryan-Murray deal that canceled part of the sequester last month in an effort to increase spending now. It funds ObamaCare, plusses up other wasteful programs, and contains dozens of policy riders that can only be described as earmarks. Instead of finding bipartisan ways to spend more money, Congress should be focused on cutting spending so that the federal budget can be balanced as quickly as possible. This bill does not achieve that goal.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 113th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.

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Key Vote Alert - "NO" on Reid-McConnell Deal

Posted on Oct. 16, 13 | 01:52 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on CR/Debt Ceiling Plan

The Club for Growth urges all House and Senate members to vote "NO" on the Reid-McConnell plan to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Consideration of the bill will likely be today or tomorrow. The vote will be included in the Club's 2013 Congressional Scorecard.

This announced plan, the details of which aren't completely known, appears to have little to no reforms in it. There are no significant changes to ObamaCare, nothing on the other major entitlements that are racked with trillions in unfunded liabilities, and no meaningful spending cuts either. If this bill passes, Congress will kick the can down the road, yet again.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 113th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.

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Key Vote Alert - "NO" on Senate Fiscal Cliff Bill (HR 8)

Posted on Jan. 01, 13 | 09:50 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on Senate Fiscal Cliff Deal (HR 8)

The Club for Growth urges all House members to vote “NO” on the Senate fiscal cliff deal (HR 8). Consideration of the bill could happen as early as today. The vote on the plan will be included in the Club’s 2012 Congressional Scorecard.

Once again, Congress is conducting “business as usual” in Washington. This bill raises taxes immediately with the promise of cutting spending later. Tax rates will go up on marginal income, capital gains, dividends, and even certain estates when a person passes away. But it also delays the sequester for at least two months, breaking the promise made by Congress in 2011 to cut government spending. And, among other things, it includes an unpaid for extension of unemployment benefits.

The Senate passed this bill in the middle of the night in the hopes of avoiding public scrutiny. Now that the bill’s contents are known, we urge all House members to oppose this anti-growth proposal.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.

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Key Vote Alert - "NO" on FY13 Continuing Resolution

Posted on Sep. 12, 12 | 06:12 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" ON FY13 CONTINUING RESOLUTION (H.J.RES. 117)

The Club for Growth urges all members of Congress to oppose the FY13 Continuing Resolution (CR). We expect a vote on this resolution later this week, perhaps as early as Thursday. This vote will be included in the Club for Growth's 2012 Congressional Scorecard.

This CR is bad policy simply because it extends big spending programs, layers on extra spending, and provides only short-term funding for the government so that politicians can leave Washington to avoid politically sensitive events.

Even if it were a clean extension, this CR would still fully fund ObamaCare, along with a long list of other programs that fiscal conservatives oppose. Second, while technically legal, it breaks the already high $1.047 trillion spending cap established by the Budget Control Act because disaster relief included in the resolution is not offset. Third, it quietly affirms President Obama's desire to gut welfare reform's work requirements. House leadership, knowing this, will likely provide a "won't become law" cover vote on this issue in the days ahead, which shows you that "business as usual" is still being conducted in Washington.

We urge lawmakers to oppose the bill and to oppose the process.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.

UPDATE: On Sept. 13, 2012, the CR passed the House, 329-91.

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Key Vote Alert - "NO" on the Highway/Student Loan Bill

Posted on Jun. 28, 12 | 12:14 PM by Barney Keller | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate
 KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" ON THE HIGHWAY/STUDENT LOAN BILL

Judging from news reports, it appears that leadership in both chambers plans to airdrop the student loan bill (and possibly the flood insurance bill) into the Highway bill conference report. A vote could happen in the next couple of days.

The Club urges all members of Congress to vote against this bill. This will be a key vote on the Club's 2012 congressional scorecard. We have already key-voted previous versions of the highway bill (House alert | Senate alert) and the student loan bill (House alert | Senate alert).

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.
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Key Vote Alert - "NO" on the CVD/NME Bill (HR 4105)

Posted on Feb. 27, 12 | 09:15 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate

UPDATE (Feb. 29, 2012): The Club for Growth urges all members of Congress to vote "NO" on the Camp/Baucus bill (H.R. 4105 / S.___) that applies punitive countervailing duties to non-market economies like China. The Club is key-voting this proposal, and recently sent out this alert stating our rationale.

This new bill makes it clear that Congress wants to escalate its trade war rhetoric with China. Among other things, the plan doesn't fix the non-WTO-compliant "double counting" practice (it arguably makes it worse), and it harms U.S. importers and consumers by validating illegal, punitive duties that have already been collected.


KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on the CHEATS Act (H.R. 4071)

The Club for Growth urges all members of Congress to vote "NO" on any bill, including H.R. 4071 sponsored by Rep. Tammy Baldwin, that gives the executive branch the authority to apply countervailing duties to non-market economies (NMEs). While we believe that it's unlikely that H.R. 4071 will be the proposal voted on, we believe something similar will be considered in the next few weeks. A vote on passage, and perhaps procedural votes, will be included in the Club's 2012 Congressional Scorecard.

The Administration wants to retain the ability to apply countervailing duties on China, Vietnam, and potentially other less developed countries. These duties restrict economic liberty and are anti-growth.

This may be a narrow issue, but its implications are significant. A recent court ruling (GPX International Tire vs. U.S.) held that the federal government cannot apply countervailing duties to non-market economies like China and Vietnam. Rather than pursue a pro-growth solution to this situation, like doing nothing and allowing the duties to expire, Congress wants to give the executive branch the continued authority to apply these punitive tariffs. We strongly urge members of Congress to defeat this proposal.

Further Reading:

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.

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Key Vote Alert - "NO" on the Highway Bill (HR 7)

Posted on Feb. 01, 12 | 02:44 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on the Highway Bill (H.R. 7)

The Club for Growth urges all House members to vote "NO" on the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act (H.R. 7). The bill is currently being marked up in committees, but we expect floor consideration in the days and weeks ahead. A vote on this plan, and perhaps procedural votes, will be included in the Club's 2012 Congressional Scorecard.

Simply put, this is a massive 846-page bill that doesn't cut any spending at all. Indeed, it spends at least $30 billion more by supplementing fuel taxes with additional revenue from other sources.

Supporters of the bill will claim that there are plenty of positive reforms in the bill, like no earmarks or enhancement projects, but it's still a remarkably bloated and inefficient piece of legislation. True reform would devolve infrastructure building and maintenance back to the states and end or greatly reduce the federal gas tax. Bills that do that are currently being sponsored by Rep. Tom Graves (H.R. 3264) and Sen. Jim DeMint (S. 1164). Supporters of H.R. 7 will also say that devolution takes time, but that this bill is going in the right direction. This is standard politician-speak for slowing down the reform agenda so that business-as-usual can resume sometime in the near future when nobody is looking. The time for reform is now.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.

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Key Vote Alert - "NO" on Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

Posted on Jan. 31, 12 | 09:16 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on Export-Import Bank Reauthorization (HR 2072/S 1547)

The Club for Growth urges all members of Congress to vote "NO" on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. Congress may take up consideration of HR 2072 or S 1547, or possibly some new proposal before the Bank's current authority expires at the end of May. A vote on this reauthorization, and perhaps procedural votes, will be included in the Club's 2012 Congressional Scorecard.

The Export-Import Bank's actions are nothing more than market-distorting subsidies that pick winners and losers in the private sector. Market forces should dictate trade flows, not bureaucrats and politicians.

While supporters of the Ex-Im Bank claim that it is self-sufficient and doesn't add to the federal deficit, the real problem is that the Bank's financing helps some companies to the detriment of other firms and taxpayers. A prime example, among many, is the Bank providing financing for foreign airlines to buy American aircrafts, thus allowing those companies to better compete against American airlines. In addition, Congress and the President are trying to expand the Bank's $100 billion finance cap by at least 35%. President Obama has a laudable goal of doubling exports within five years, but he shouldn't be allowed to goose the numbers by handing out market-distorting tax dollars to companies that curry the most favor or have the best lobbyists. Not only should members of Congress reject this expansion of authority, but they should reject the Bank's charter and shut it down for good.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.

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Key Vote Alert - "NO" on "Megabus" Budget Bill

Posted on Dec. 16, 11 | 10:46 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate

KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" ON THE MEGABUS BUDGET BILL (H.R. 3671)

The Club for Growth strongly opposes the final Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (HR 3671), otherwise known as the Megabus, and urges all members of Congress to oppose it. We expect a vote on this proposal later today. This vote will be included in the Club for Growth's 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

This is budgeting at its worst. This 1,219-page was made public less than 24 hours ago, and now House and Senate leaders expect members to vote on it before midnight tonight. This doesn't allow for a proper examination and review of over $1 trillion in spending.

That said, from what we have read, this proposal still spends over $30 billion more than the Ryan Budget from earlier this year. It also continues to provide generous resources for the irresponsible National Labor Relations Board and the over-reaching Environmental Protection Agency. It also provides countless billions for grant projects and loan guarantees that will pick winners and losers in the private sector. Overall, this bill spends too much, continues bad policies, and forces lawmakers to commit over a $1 trillion in taxpayers' money without giving them enough time to fully examine its contents.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.

UPDATE: The House passed this bill, 296-121.
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Key Vote Alert - "NO" on "Minibus" with Conforming Loan Limit Rider

Posted on Nov. 10, 11 | 11:39 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
“NO” on “Minibus” with Re-instated Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie, Freddie, and the FHA

The Club for Growth urges all members to vote “NO” on the upcoming “minibus” conference report. We are specifically scoring this bill if it includes the higher conforming loan limits for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the FHA. If the conferees strip out this big-government rider, then the Club will re-assess the bill for consideration of a key vote. A vote on this conference report is scheduled for next week. A vote on this bill will be included in the Club’s 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

This housing rider would reinstate the recently expired conforming loan limit to $729,750, an increase from the previous limit of $625,500.

By increasing the limit, the government increases the risk that taxpayers will end up on the hook for non-performing loans. Government housing subsidies greatly contributed to the 2008 housing crisis. We should not make that mistake again expecting a different result. A better approach would be to end the subsidies completely to avoid future bailouts and market distortions.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.

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