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Key Vote Alert - "NO" on Unemployment Insurance Extension

Posted on Apr. 02, 14 | 01:56 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on Unemployment Insurance Extension

The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote "NO" on the deal to extend unemployment benefits for five months, including retroactively to the beginning of the year (Senate Amdt 2874 to HR 3979). A vote is expected later this week. The vote on final passage will be included in the Club's 2014 Congressional Scorecard.

The Club has two large concerns with this bill. First, extending unemployment benefits will encourage continued unemployment on the margin. Washington's inability to pass pro-growth reforms that will lead to job creation is no excuse to create further government dependency by passing this bill. Second, this proposal is "paid for" with fee increases and accounting gimmicks, not real reductions in government spending.

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 Clean Debt Ceiling Increase

Posted on Feb. 12, 14 | 11:17 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on Clean Debt Ceiling Increase (S. 540)

The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote "NO" on the upcoming clean debt ceiling increase (S. 540). A vote could happen later today. The vote will be included in the Club's 2014 Congressional Scorecard.

Supporters of this clean debt ceiling increase deserve a direct flight to Sochi, Russia, to receive a gold medal in fleecing the American taxpayer and racking up billions more in national debt.

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 the Senate Flood Insurance Bill (S 1926)

Posted on Jan. 30, 14 | 11:12 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert Senate

KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on the Senate Flood Insurance Bill (S 1926)

The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote "NO" on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (S 1926). A vote is expected later today. The vote on final passage, and/or any procedural votes, will be included in the Club's 2014 Congressional Scorecard.

This bill delays the much needed phase out of certain flood insurance subsidies for four years. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) itself unfairly transfers risk from homeowners in flood-prone areas to taxpayers. And that risk has manifested itself in recent years to the tune of $24 billion. The Government Accountability Office has even deemed the NFIP as a "high-risk government program" because it keeps premiums actuarially too low. Rather than continue this unfair program that is hostile to liberty and limited government, Congress should end the NFIP and return the flood insurance industry back to the private sector.

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 Cloture for Extending Unemployment Benefits (S. 1845)

Posted on Jan. 06, 14 | 09:47 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert Senate

KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on Cloture for Extending Unemployment Benefits (S. 1845)

The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote "NO" on the motion to proceed to the Heller-Reed plan (S. 1845) to extend unemployment benefits for three months with no spending offset. Consideration of the bill will likely be today. The vote will be included in the Club's 2014 Congressional Scorecard.

Congress should end the federal unemployment insurance program and return the authority back to the states, which already have programs in place. Absent this, Congress should pay for this extension by cutting spending elsewhere in the budget. After six years, an extension can no longer be called an "emergency" with any credibility. There is plenty of waste in the federal budget from which to find an offset.

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 the Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

Posted on Dec. 16, 13 | 08:50 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on the Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote "NO" on the Ryan-Murray budget deal. Consideration of the plan will likely this week. The vote will be included in the Club's 2013 Congressional Scorecard.

This deal is the "same old same old" that Americans have come to expect from Washington. It's a deliberate attempt to avoid modest, but much needed spending cuts in exchange for the promise of spending cuts in the future. It also includes revenue increases that do nothing to reduce the size of government. Worse, this deal is likely only the first attempt at undoing the sequester completely. This bill should be vigorously opposed.

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 Removing Defund Language in the FY14 CR

Posted on Sep. 24, 13 | 02:00 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on Removing Defund Language in the FY14 CR

The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote "NO" on the cloture vote to end debate on the FY14 Continuing Resolution (H.J.Res. 59). This vote is a procedural step that enables Harry Reid to offer an amendment that removes ObamaCare defund language from the bill. Consideration of the resolution is scheduled for later this week. The cloture vote to end debate will be included in the Club's 2013 Congressional Scorecard.

In order for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to offer an amendment that strikes defund language from the FY14 CR, which has been his publicly stated desire, he must first get bipartisan support on the cloture vote to end debate. If he is successful, he will only need 50 votes to keep ObamaCare funding in the budget, and thus grow government and further erode economic liberty.

Therefore, to keep the House defund language secure, and to continue using the leverage of the continuing resolution, opponents of ObamaCare should vote "NO" on the cloture vote to end debate. In the event that an agreement is made that requires 60 votes to strip defund language from the resolution, we will withdraw this key vote alert.

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 Watt Nomination as FHFA Director

Posted on Jul. 19, 13 | 09:54 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert Senate

KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on Watt Nomination as FHFA Director

The Club for Growth is urging all Senators to oppose the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) to be the next director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). This vote, which could include procedural votes, will be included in the Club's 2013 Congressional Scorecard.

The director of the FHFA has immense power over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. As the lead regulator of these two entities, and their trillion-dollar assets, the FHFA director must be a strong advocate for taxpayers who are at risk for the GSE's business activities. So it is entirely inappropriate for a politician to fill this role who has explicitly advocated for greater involvement by the federal government in the mortgage industry.

Watt is on record supporting principal reduction programs, generous refinance programs, higher loan limits for Fannie and Freddie, and allowing Fannie and Freddie to continue to borrow from the Treasury. All of these policies, plus others not mentioned, put taxpayers more at risk for another financial crisis and a subsequent bailout.

The correct course of action, including putting this nomination aside, is to privatize Fannie and Freddie and shut down the FHFA.

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 the Senate Farm Bill (S 954)

Posted on Jun. 06, 13 | 08:39 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on Senate Farm Bill (S 954)

The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote "NO" on the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 (S 954). We expect the vote on final passage to occur later today or this week. The vote on final passage, and/or any procedural votes, will be included in the Club's 2013 Congressional Scorecard.

This bill spends too much, reforms too little, and sadly maintains the "business as usual" mindset that controls Congress. Advocates of this farm bill will argue that the proposal reduces the deficit by billions of dollars, but the truth is that the farm program has grown by roughly 60% since the last one was authorized just five years ago.

Also, for blatantly political purposes, this bill continues 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. With our national debt quickly approaching $17 trillion, we need to stop spending billions on wasteful and anti-growth federal programs if we want to grow the economy and get our fiscal house in order.

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 - "YES" on Sugar Reform Amendment (#925) to the Farm Bill (S. 954)

Posted on May. 21, 13 | 01:59 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert Senate

KEY VOTE ALERT
"YES" on Sugar Reform Amendment (#925) to the Farm Bill (S. 954)

The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote "YES" on the Toomey-Shaheen sugar reform amendment (#925) to the Senate farm bill (S. 954). Consideration of this amendment is expected this week or next week. The vote on this amendment will be included in the Club's 2013 Congressional Scorecard.

The federal sugar program is a prime example of the federal government wrongly picking winners and losers in the private sector. It dislocates jobs, increases prices for consumers and businesses, and includes a protectionist quota that stifles freer trade.

While this amendment doesn't call for the full elimination of the sugar program (the better solution), it does draw back some of the 2008 farm bill provisions that expanded the program. This includes the wasteful Feedstock Flexibility Program, harmful trade restrictions, and higher price support levels, among other things. We strongly support the passage of this amendment.

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 Hochberg Re-Nomination to Ex-Im Bank

Posted on Apr. 04, 13 | 10:42 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on Hochberg Re-Nomination to Ex-Im Bank

The Club for Growth is urging all Senators to oppose the re-nomination of Fred Hochberg as chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank. This vote, which could include procedural votes, will be included in the Club's 2013 Congressional Scorecard.

In 2008, when President Obama was a Senator, he called the Bank "little more than a fund for corporate welfare." Nothing has changed since then. In fact, the Bank has only gotten larger - in 2012, it received a 40% increase in its financing authority. This means its ability to distort the free market by handing out huge discounted loans and loan guarantees to special interests has only grown in size.

Conservatives should oppose Hochberg's nomination until a real plan is implemented for reducing the Bank's authority with the ultimate goal of ending its charter completely.

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 - Senate Budget Amendments

Posted on Mar. 22, 13 | 12:17 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Key Vote Alert Senate
KEY VOTE ALERT
Amendments to the Senate Budget (S. Con. Res. 8)

The Club for Growth will be scoring the following amendments during the debate on the Senate budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 8). These votes could be considered as early as today. These votes will be included in the Club's 2013 Congressional Scorecard.

  1. "YES" on the Ron Johnson (#212) Amendment to bar the use of federal funds to bail out state and local governments that are defaulting on their debts.

  2. "YES" on the Thune Amendment (#307) to fully and permanently repeal the Death Tax.

  3. "YES" on the Flake Amendment (#225) to establish a point of order to strike earmarks from future legislation.

  4. "YES" on the Lee Amendment (#374) to unwind the Export-Import Bank.

Also, since there are over 300 possible amendments that could be swiftly considered, the Club for Growth, as always, reserves the right to retro-score any and all amendments. Therefore, if your office has any questions on any of the amendments, please call us to get our opinion.

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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