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NPR Interview with Chris Chocola

Posted on Jan. 27, 11 | 10:09 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Government Spending
Club for Growth president Chris Chocola did a radio interview with NPR on Wednesday in response to President Obama's State of the Union address.  You can listen to it here.
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Toomey Op-Ed: How to Freeze the Debt Ceiling Without Risking Default

Posted on Jan. 19, 11 | 08:26 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Government Spending
Senator Pat Toomey has a great "the sky is not falling" op-ed in today's WSJ.  Excerpt:

As members of Congress debate whether to raise the U.S. debt ceiling—the limit on our government's debt—we should all agree on at least one thing: Under no circumstances is it acceptable for the U.S. to default on its debt. Not only are we morally obligated to honor our debts, but we benefit greatly from the nearly universal conviction that those who lend to us will always be repaid, on time and in full. We should never undermine that conviction.

Fortunately, even if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling, a default on our debt need not follow when our borrowings reach their limit in the next few months. I intend to introduce legislation to make sure of this.

Be sure to read the rest, because Toomey makes a great argument.  Once the debt limit is reached, the government can still fund 2/3rd of the government without taking on more debt.  Default is not going to happen.  Top priorities like servicing the debt and defending our country would receive proper funding.  And by not raising the debt limit immediately, we could also help spotlight the programs that are questionable and could probably be eliminated. 
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Public Strongly Opposes Debt Limit Increase

Posted on Jan. 12, 11 | 08:48 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Government Spending
From Reuters:

The U.S. public overwhelmingly opposes raising the country's debt limit even though failure to do so could hurt America's international standing and push up borrowing costs, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

Some 71 percent of those surveyed oppose increasing the borrowing authority, the focus of a brewing political battle over federal spending. Only 18 percent support an increase.
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Senator Toomey on the Debt Ceiling

Posted on Jan. 07, 11 | 03:37 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Government Spending
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The Omnibus is Dead.

Posted on Dec. 17, 10 | 08:50 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Government Spending
Despite Sen. Bennett working hard to help the Democrats in his final days as a Senator, fiscal conservatives led by Sens. DeMint and Coburn were able to defeat the pork-infested $1.1 trillion omnibus bill.  From the Politico:

Senate Democrats abruptly abandoned an omnibus budget bill for the coming year, pushing major spending decisions into the next Congress and giving Republicans immense new leverage to confront President Barack Obama priorities.

The decision Thursday night sweeps away months of bipartisan work by the Senate Appropriations Committee which had crafted the $1.1 trillion bill to meet spending targets embraced by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) himself prior to the elections.

Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah), an old McConnell friend, worked actively to round up as many as nine potential Republican votes for the compromise, but these numbers rapidly evaporated amid personal attacks and the uproar this week over spending earmarks in the package.
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Club for Growth Predicts Primary Challenges for GOP Omnibus Supporters

Posted on Dec. 15, 10 | 11:53 AM by Michael Connolly | Topic: Government Spending
WASHINGTON – The Club for Growth today blasted the $1.1 trillion, 1,924-page, earmark-laden omnibus spending bill released in the Senate last night, and predicted pro-growth conservative primary challenges for Republican members of Congress who vote for it.

“Given the nation’s fiscal crisis, and the unequivocal mandate of last month’s election, this omnibus spending bill is an arrogant and unforgivable insult to the American people,” said Club President Chris Chocola.

“The Democratic leadership should not be misusing a lame duck session to jam such a reckless bill through Congress,” Chocola said.  “Any congressional Republican who supports the Democratic leadership’s porked-up monstrosity would forfeit any claim to fiscal responsibility and economic conservatism.  Every Republican aye vote will likely face a serious primary challenge from the right in their next re-election campaign, and should.”

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Club for Growth Endorses Jack Kingston for Appropriations Chair

Posted on Nov. 29, 10 | 11:23 AM by Michael Connolly | Topic: Government Spending
WASHINGTON – Club for Growth President Chris Chocola today made the following statement regarding the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee in the 112th Congress:

“After reviewing the voting records of the candidates to chair the Appropriations Committee in the new House of Representatives, the Club for Growth has concluded that Rep. Jack Kingston is the best of the field. 

“Congressman Kingston earned one of the highest scores of any appropriator on the Club for Growth’s score card, and fared far better than other senior members of the Committee on our RePork Card.  He supports the inclusion of true pro-growth, limited government conservatives on the Committee, greater transparency in the spending process, and understands the fundamental mood change in the country about the size and scope of government. 

“If fiscal conservatives want to get control of federal spending, we must first get control of the Appropriations Committee.  And Jack Kingston gives us the best chance to accomplish that goal.”

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Club for Growth Endorses DeMint Earmark Ban

Posted on Nov. 10, 10 | 03:20 PM by Michael Connolly | Topic: Government Spending
WASHINGTON – Club for Growth President Chris Chocola made the following statement endorsing the Senate rule change proposed by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) to ban spending earmarks:

“Earmarks are a symbol of everything wrong with Washington.  Sen. DeMint’s earmark ban is not only essential to any hope for fiscal reform in the Senate, it is the very least voters should expect from a Republican Party they only reluctantly supported on election day.  The Senate Republican Conference has a clear choice: either they get rid of earmarks, or the voters will get rid of them.”
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Hensarling to Replace Pence in Leadership?

Posted on Oct. 28, 10 | 03:34 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Government Spending
From Roll Call:

House Republican leaders are quietly encouraging Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas) to run to succeed Conference Chairman Mike Pence should the Indiana lawmaker choose to step down from his position to run for higher office, GOP sources said.

Pence, who is rumored to be eyeing a presidential or gubernatorial bid, has not declared he will step aside from his post and Hensarling has not publicly expressed interest in replacing him, but Republican sources familiar with discussions say Hensarling’s conservative credentials as a former chairman of the Republican Study Committee, close relationships with leaders and ability to raise millions of dollars for the National Republican Congressional Committee make him a prime candidate for the chairmanship.

“It’s no surprise that some in Congress are rallying around Hensarling. He’s a rising star in the Republican Party that would be absolutely vital to have at the leadership table,” said one House GOP aide with knowledge of the discussions. “He’s a beloved conservative who has never once checked his principles at the door.”

This is great news.  The Club is a big fan of Hensarling.  If he's at the leadership table, he will work non-stop to keep the conference honest and true to the principles of limited government.  He's an overall great guy.  If Pence steps aside, Hensarling is the perfect man to replace him.
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You Can't Stimulate Dead People

Posted on Oct. 08, 10 | 10:25 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Government Spending
 A new report shows that stimulus checks worth a total of $18 million went out to 72,000 dead people.

Government efficiency at its best!
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DeMint Plans to Shut Down the Senate

Posted on Sep. 28, 10 | 09:34 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Government Spending
DeMint defends taxpayers again.  He's a rock star.  From Roll Call newspaper ($):

Sen. Jim DeMint warned his colleagues Monday night that he would place a hold on all legislation that has not been “hot-lined” by the chamber or has not been cleared by his office before the close of business Tuesday.

Although the South Carolina Republican has objected for years to the hot-lining of legislation until his staff at the Republican Steering Committee has reviewed it, DeMint’s threat to essentially shut down legislation in the chamber is remarkable.

[...]Democratic and Republican aides alike were stunned, arguing that DeMint had essentially made a unilateral decision to end legislative activity in the Senate.

[...T]he political ramifications, particularly within the GOP Conference, could be significant. DeMint has spent much of his career operating as an outsider and has repeatedly ruffled the feathers of his Republican colleagues. His crusade against earmarks and demands for ideological purity have been particularly troublesome to the conference’s “Old Bulls” and appropriators.

DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton defended the Republican’s decision, arguing that the move is necessary to keep the Senate from passing a slew of expensive measures in the last minutes of the session.

“Americans are sick of Washington ramming through bills that no one reads. Big spenders play a hide-the-bill game at the end of every Congress, hoping to pass secret bills with deficit spending and new regulations without any debate or even a vote,” Denton said.

“The Senate Steering Committee has simply asked that if a Senator wants to pass a bill before recess, allow 48 hours for Senators to review the bill and for the CBO to score it,” he added. “If you wait until Thursday night and then unveil some big spending bill, your bill is not going to pass.”
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