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Key Vote Alert - Opposing Discharge Petition No. 0001

Posted on Oct. 05, 11 | 03:59 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House
KEY VOTE ALERT
Opposing Discharge Petition No. 0001

The Club for Growth strongly opposes Discharge Petition No. 0001 that would force a House vote on HR 639, a bill that would make it easier to apply tariffs on Chinese imports unless China increases the value of its currency. Passage of such legislation, or similar legislation, could lead to a costly trade war that would destroy jobs.

A signature on this discharge petition, or any similar petition, will count heavily as an anti-growth action on the Club for Growth's 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

Supporters of this underlying 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. Likewise, cheap imports are not a drag on the economy. They give consumers more choice and the extra resources to save and invest. We strongly oppose this petition, and urge all members to not only vote against this bill if it comes up for a vote, 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.

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Key Vote Alert - "YES" on NLRB Bill (HR 2587)

Posted on Sep. 13, 11 | 10:32 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House

KEY VOTE ALERT
"YES" ON THE PROTECTING JOBS FROM GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE ACT (H.R. 2587)

The Club for Growth strongly supports the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587), introduced by Rep. Tim Scott, and urges all House members to support it. We expect a vote on this proposal later this week. This vote will be included in the Club for Growth's 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

This bill would "prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance."

The government was out of bounds earlier this year when the NLRB blocked Boeing from building a new plant in South Carolina. As long as no property rights are being violated, there is no basis in a free society for the government to dictate the voluntary and peaceful decisions made by a company in the private sector. The government is already hamstringing businesses with burdensome taxes and regulation. In order for the economy to grow and thrive, companies need to have the freedom to make decisions that will build their businesses, create jobs, and innovate.

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 Boehner Plan

Posted on Jul. 26, 11 | 01:47 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" ON THE BOEHNER PLAN

The Club for Growth strongly opposes the Boehner Debt Limit plan, otherwise known as the Budget Control Act of 2011 (it's currently being offered as a substitute amendment to S. 627). We expect a vote on this proposal will take place on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. This vote will be included in the Club for Growth's 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

From the start of this debt ceiling debate, the Club has advocated strongly for a plan that makes large, immediate spending cuts to the budget, a hard spending cap on all federal spending, and a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that limits spending and requires a supermajority to approve tax increases. The Boehner Plan does not achieve these tenets. It cuts almost nothing immediately, it caps only discretionary spending, and it does not require passage of a balanced budget amendment.

Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, it 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 - "SIGN" Walsh Letter Opposing McConnell-Reid Plan

Posted on Jul. 20, 11 | 02:32 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House
KEY VOTE ALERT
"SIGN" WALSH LETTER OPPOSING MCCONNELL-REID

The Club for Growth strongly supports Rep. Joe Walsh's letter opposing the McConnell-Reid "Cut, Run, and Hide" plan. Additionally, the Club is key-voting the signing of this letter. Signers will receive positive points on the Club for Growth's 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

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, like a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, that are necessary to solve our fiscal crisis. If it became law, it would jeopardize the country's Triple-A credit rating and our ability to re-start the economy.

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 RSC Budget

Posted on Apr. 12, 11 | 09:18 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House

KEY VOTE ALERT
"YES" on RSC Budget

The Club for Growth strongly supports the Republican Study Committee's FY12 budget and urges members of the House to vote "YES" on it. We expect the bill to be considered as early as this week. This vote will be included in the Club for Growth's 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

This proposal helps correct the country's fiscal problems by balancing the budget within ten years, fully repealing ObamaCare, enacting pro-growth tax reforms, and reining in out-of-control entitlements.

Among the bill's most important details include the $300 billion spending decrease in FY12 from FY11, the prohibition of earmarks, the elimination of direct farm payments, block-granting Medicaid, lowering the corporate tax rate to 25%, and giving people the option to purchase private health insurance instead of using the traditional Medicare program.

Without a doubt, these are sensible pro-growth reforms that will make our economy stronger, keep inflation at bay, and dramatically improve our fiscal outlook. We will be key-voting passage, but we also strongly urge members to co-sponsor this vital legislation.

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 DC School Choice

Posted on Mar. 30, 11 | 09:53 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House

KEY VOTE ALERT
"YES" ON THE DC SCHOOL CHOICE BILL (HR 471)

The Club for Growth urges members of the House to vote "YES" on the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act (HR 471). We expect the bill to be considered today or later this week. This vote will be included in the Club for Growth's 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

Education, like any industry, should be subjected to vigorous competition to ensure the highest quality and innovation available. Allowing families the opportunity to send their kids to the school of their choice enables that outcome.

This bill would re-implement the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, allowing eligible students the ability to attend a private or public school of their choice rather than locking them into a public school that their family does not prefer or could be failing them. While this bill does not completely open up the K-12 education system to full competition in the District of Columbia, it moves it in the right direction. It fosters competition and weakens the teachers union, which has an incentive structure that isn't always aligned with the best interest of the children.

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 it, 225-195.
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Conservative Movement Leaders Oppose Short-Term CR

Posted on Mar. 11, 11 | 04:41 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House

 Conservative Movement Leaders Oppose Short-Term CR
Heritage Action, Family Research Council and Club for Growth to Key Vote

 Washington, DC - Today, three leading organizations in the conservative movement made clear their opposition to any additional short-term continuing resolutions and announced their intent to key vote the next such measure.

"A strategy of short-term extensions from now until the end of the fiscal year makes no sense," Heritage Action's CEO Michael A. Needham said. "If we blink now and allow the proponents of big government to drag out negotiations, it will undercut our ability to fight for conservative policies and result in fewer reforms and less cuts."

"In 2008, Planned Parenthood vowed to spend $10 million to elect pro-abortion Democrats," Family Research Council's President Tony Perkins said. "In return Planned Parenthood was handed a health care bill that includes abortion funding as well as access to a slush fund containing billions of tax dollars. In the last few months, we have seen Planned Parenthood pass the 5 million abortions performed mark, watched videos exposing Planned Parenthood's latent racism and complicity in covering up crimes such as sex trafficking of children. The abortion giant finally admitted that not only do they NOT perform mammograms as they previously claimed but they also ordered all of its affiliates to perform abortions or leave the Planned Parenthood umbrella.

"The time to bring our fiscal house in order is now, and defunding organizations that work against the principles of a majority of Americans needs to be done to show that this Congress is serious," Perkins concluded.

"It appears that fiscal conservatives in the House are walking into a spending trap with this series of short term CRs," Club for Growth's President Chris Chocola said. "When the debt ceiling debate happens in a few weeks, the big spenders will offer a so-called "compromise" in exchange for raising the debt ceiling and giving them a series of new credit cards. Such a "deal" would be a complete sell-out of America's taxpayers, who deserve major spending reductions and structural reforms that will solve our debt crisis. Rather than going down that road to disaster, fiscally conservative House members should insist on more than a short-term CR now."

Twenty days ago, the House of Representatives passed a modest $61 billion in spending cuts, but these cuts pale in comparison to $474 billion in spending increases since 2008. It also contained numerous policy riders, which would block implementation of things like Obamacare, EPA's global warming regulation and federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Enacting these cuts now and fighting for the policy riders are important trust building measures between the American people and Washington. Now is the time for bold leadership, and Heritage Action, Family Research Council and Club for Growth stand united ready to support those efforts.

Press Contacts:
Dan Holler, Heritage Action, 202.548.5284
JP Duffy, FRC Action, 877.372.2808
Stacy French, Club for Growth, 202.955.5500

UPDATE (March 15, 2010): The House passed the CR, 271-158.

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Key Vote Alert - "YES" to King Amendment (#273)

Posted on Feb. 17, 11 | 04:41 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House

KEY VOTE ALERT
"YES" ON THE KING AMENDMENT (#273)

The Club for Growth urges members of the House to vote "YES" on the Rep. Steve King amendment (#273) to the FY11 continuing resolution (HR 1). This vote will be included in the Club for Growth's 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

The amendment would prohibit funds from being used to administer Davis-Bacon "prevailing wage" requirements with respect to any project or program funded in this bill.

These artificially higher wages, usually corresponding to union wage rates, would result in a higher cost to taxpayers, less return per dollar spent, and fewer jobs. It would also shield unions from much-needed competition.

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 rejected this amendment, 189-233.

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Key Vote Alert on the FY11 Continuing Resolution

Posted on Feb. 10, 11 | 12:52 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House

KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on Continuing Resolution unless it contains $100 billion in non-security discretionary spending cuts

The Club for Growth urges all members of the House to vote "NO" on the FY11 continuing resolution unless the final product contains at least $100 billion in non-security discretionary spending cuts. If the bill that comes to the floor does not include $100 billion in non-security discretionary spending cuts, we also urge support for an amendment or amendments to reach the $100 billion. We plan to include such amendments and final passage in our 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

If the final bill does not include the $100 billion in non-security discretionary cuts, a "NO" vote will be counted favorably in our rating. In order to earn credit for such a "NO" vote, members must also support the amendments needed to reach $100 billion. If the final version of the bill has $100 billion in non-security discretionary cuts, a "YES" vote will be counted favorably in our rating.

Last year, House Republican leaders pledged to cut $100 billion in non-security discretionary spending. That was a good first step toward getting spending and debt under control and we urge all members of the House to work to reach that goal now.

Aggressive action is needed to reduce our nation's $14.1 trillion debt and cutting $100 billion is a good start. This should help reduce spending to FY08 levels.

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 part of this alert, the Club announced that it was key voting the RSC amendment (#104) sponsored by Jim Jordan.  The RSC amendment would cut roughtly $20 billion in non-security discretionary spending.
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Key Vote Alert - “NO” on Trade Adjustment Assistance

Posted on Feb. 08, 11 | 09:55 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert House

KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on Extending Trade Adjustment Assistance

The Club for Growth urges all members of the House to vote "NO" on the bill that would extend the recently expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance program (TAA) and the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA). This vote is currently on the suspension calendar and could be voted on as early as today. This vote will be included in the Club's 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

While this bill contains ATPA, which the Club supports, it also contains the irresponsible TAA spending program that is duplicative, inequitable, and inappropriate for a country devoted to free markets and a limited government. Because of this, we advocate the defeat of this bill.

TAA is duplicative (and overly generous) because the unemployed already have access to 99 weeks of unemployment benefits thanks to the many extensions already passed by Congress. It's inequitable and inappropriate because TAA pays benefits to workers who lose their jobs due to trade (something that's difficult to calculate and susceptible to manipulation). No benefits are due a worker who lost his job to technology or competition (something we also don't advocate). Our country can neither afford this program, nor should the government be in the business of providing such a benefit.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 111th 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: Leadership pulled the bill from the suspension calendar, probably due to lack of support.  Victory! (1:50pm, 2/8/11)

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