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Key Vote Alert - "YES" on the Colombia, Panama, and Korea Free Trade Agreements

Posted on Oct. 06, 11 | 12:18 PM by Barney Keller | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"YES" ON THE COLOMBIA, PANAMA, AND KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS

The Club for Growth urges all members of Congress to vote “YES” on the Free Trade Agreements with Colombia (H.R. 3078), Panama (H.R. 3079), and Korea (H.R. 3080). We expect the house to begin to consider the trade agreements as soon as today. A vote on each Free Trade Agreement will be included in the Club’s 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

Widening the circle of people with whom we transact - including across political borders - brings benefits to consumers in the form of lower prices, greater variety, and better quality, and it allows companies to reap the benefits of innovation, specialization, and economies of scale that larger markets bring. Trade freedom is essential to prosperity, and expanding free markets as much as possible enhances that prosperity.

The Club for Growth has long supported expanding trade freedom, which passage of each individual Free Trade Agreement will do. Positive points will be given for voting in favor of each individual FTA.

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 Budget Control Act of 2011

Posted on Aug. 01, 11 | 12:18 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" ON THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT OF 2011

The Club for Growth strongly opposes the most recent version of the Budget Control Act of 2011 that was negotiated by the White House and congressional leaders. We expect a vote on this proposal will take place in both chambers as early as today. This vote will be included in the Club for Growth's 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

The problems with this proposal are many, but fiscal conservatives should have obvious concerns for the lack of guaranteed future spending cuts, no requirement that a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution be sent to the states, a commission that could still recommend job-killing tax increases, and worse of all, two debt limit increases totaling over $2 trillion within only a matter of months.

As we’ve said before regarding previous underwhelming debt ceiling bills, this simply doesn't fix the country's fiscal problems. We strongly oppose it and we urge a NO vote.

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 - "YES" on Cut, Cap, and Balance & "NO" on Cut, Run, and Hide

Posted on Jul. 18, 11 | 11:44 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"YES" ON CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE ACT
"NO" ON MCCONNELL-REID "CUT, RUN, AND HIDE"PLAN

The Club for Growth strongly supports the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act and urges all members of Congress to support it (S. 1340/H.R. 2560). The Club also strongly opposes the McConnell-Reid sellout plan that purportedly gives the Executive Branch the authority to raise the debt limit. Both of these votes will be included in the Club for Growth's 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

The Cut Cap and Balance Act contains the best budget reforms to solve our country's fiscal situation. It makes real and immediate spending cuts, it places a hard cap on spending over the next few years, and it makes the debt ceiling increase contingent on Congress passing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.

Conversely, the McConnell-Reid plan, as public reports have revealed, is completely devoid of fiscally conservative principles. Congress abdicating its responsibilities by giving the President the authority to raise the debt ceiling is a non-starter. The plan also lacks structural budget reforms that are necessary to solve our fiscal crisis.

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 - Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge

Posted on Jun. 21, 11 | 11:38 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"YES" ON CUT, CAP, BALANCE PLEDGE

The Club for Growth strongly supports the Cut, Cap, and Balance pledge and urges all members of Congress to sign it. Signing this pledge will be scored positively on the Club for Growth's 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

The Cut, Cap, and Balance pledge states that the signer will oppose any debt limit increase unless all three of the following conditions are met:

  1. Cut - Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter.
  2. Cap - Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget.
  3. Balance - Congressional passage (not mere support) of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution -- but only if it includes both a spending limitation and a super-majority for raising taxes, in addition to balancing revenues and expenses.

This is a critical moment in our country's history. Congress has proven itself incapable of responsibly handling taxpayers' dollars so constraints need to be placed on the government in order to get our fiscal house in order. The conditions in this pledge help achieve that. Please go here to review and sign the pledge.

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 Currency Exchange Oversight Reform Act

Posted on Jan. 19, 11 | 04:19 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
“NO” on Currency Exchange Oversight Reform Act
 
The Club for Growth urges all members of Congress to vote “NO” on the Currency Exchange Oversight Reform Act recently proposed by Senator Chuck Schumer.  While the bill has not yet been introduced, previous versions provide a direct assault on free trade and economic liberty. A vote on this bill will be included in the Club’s 2011 Congressional Scorecard.  
 
This proposal would make it easier for the government to slap punitive tariffs on “nonmarket” economies – in particular China – if an exporting country’s currency is considered misaligned against the U.S. dollar.  This is a disastrous proposal that would increase taxes on American consumers, stall the economic recovery, and spark an ugly trade war that would benefit no one. 
 
Supporters of this bill believe that cheap imports from China are harming our nation’s manufacturers, but they fail to realize that China ships intermediary goods and raw materials to the United States, not just final consumer products.  These cheap goods are used by our nation’s businesses to produce final products that can be sold at competitive prices.  And even if supporters of this bill had a valid argument, the better course of action to spur our nation’s economy is not to punish another country through higher taxes on ourselves, but by lowering taxes on corporate income, capital gains, and dividends.  This would ignite economic growth, expand our access into foreign markets, and make American companies more competitive and innovative.  We strongly urge all members to not only vote against this bill, but to decline co-sponsorship of it.
 
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: As of today, this bill has still not been considered (02/08/2011).
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Key Vote Alert - "YES" on Repeal of ObamaCare

Posted on Jan. 06, 11 | 02:33 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House and Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
“YES” on Repeal of ObamaCare (HR 2)
 
The Club for Growth urges all House members to vote “YES” on the full repeal of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” and the related reconciliation healthcare provisions (Public Laws 111-148 and 111-152).  This proposal is expected to be considered next week.  This vote will be included in the Club’s 2011 Congressional Scorecard.
 
As we wrote in an earlier key vote alert, this healthcare law betrays the principles of limited government and individual liberty that our Founding Fathers relied on when they crafted the Constitution.  It hinders growth, includes an unconstitutional individual mandate to buy insurance, raises taxes, and massively increases the size of government.
 
Members who vote “NO” on HR 2 who also signed our Repeal It pledge will be considered in violation of that pledge.     
 
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 voted to repeal ObamaCare, 245-189, on January 19, 2011.  The Club sent out a similar alert to the Senate on February 1, 2011.  The Senate subsequently voted 47-51.
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