Club for Growth Says Stutzman Stands On Principle On Farm BillLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1211
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement on the efforts of Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) to end the practice of combining farm subsidies with food stamps in the so-called “Farm” bill. Congressman Stutzman’s amendment to do that was rejected by the House Rules committee, meaning that it will not be considered as part of the debate on the House Farm bill. Congressman Stutzman voted against the rule on the bill:
“Congressman Marlin Stutzman sent exactly the right message by voting against the rule for the Farm Bill when his amendment to separate farm subsidies and food stamps was rejected,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “It’s sad that the House Republican leadership did not fight to end the unholy marriage of farm subsidies and food stamps. Even fans of the farm bill readily admit that the only reason the two are combined is to improve chances of passing both. Instead of stifling pro-growth reforms, more Republicans should stand on principle like Congressman Stutzman did today.”
Club for Growth Urges Passage Of Lee-Amash Bill To Repeal Export-Import BankLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1210
“Senator Mike Lee and Congressman Justin Amash are true champions of economic freedom, so it’s no surprise that they would go to bat for the taxpayers and seek an end to the Export-Import Bank,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Even President Obama has called the bank nothing more than a slush fund for corporate welfare. The Club for Growth strongly supports the efforts of Senator Lee and Congressman Amash to end these taxpayer-backed subsidies once and for all.”
Club for Growth: Apple Simply Following Rules Created By WashingtonLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1209
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth today issued the following statement in response to a Senate hearing today on how Apple complies with the U.S. Tax Code:
“The IRS is harassing conservative organizations and now the government is trying to shame corporations for minimizing their taxes based on rules that Congress created. Are there no limits to government interference in the private sector?” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Apple CEO Tim Cook is absolutely right to say that tax reform that eliminates loopholes and lowers rates would be pro-growth, and the Club for Growth would strongly support legislation to do just that. Instead of holding a silly hearing because a profitable company sought to minimize its taxes, Congress should work to achieve a tax code that is as simple and pro-growth as possible.”
Club for Growth Urges McConnell To Reject Budget Conference Unless Agreement is Made To Exclude Anti-Growth MeasuresLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1208
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth today urged Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to object to going to conference on the FY14 budget unless an agreement is made to exclude tax increases or a debt limit increase:
“Supporters of big government in the Senate want to craft an anti-growth budget deal behind closed doors that would raise taxes and increase the debt limit,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Senator McConnell and Senate Republicans should stand with Senators Lee, Cruz, and Paul and demand that anti-growth tax hikes and trillions of dollars in new spending and debt are kept out of the budget process. Fiscal conservatives shouldn’t trust any Senator from either party on this issue unless there is a public agreement to avoid these anti-growth tactics.”
Club for Growth Urges McConnell To Block Hochberg NominationLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1206
Washington, DC - The Club for Growth today urged Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to lead the Senate GOP conference in blocking the confirmation of Fred Hochberg for another term as the head of the Export-Import Bank until a serious plan to wind down the bank is enacted into law. The Club also urged Senator McConnell to block all other confirmations to the Export-Import Bank’s board.
In May of 2012, Senator McConnell voted, along with 20 other Republicans, against reauthorizing the bank, whose clients have included Solyndra, Enron, and even Mexican drug cartels. Even President Obama has opposed the Export-Import Bank in the past, calling the bank “little more than a fund for corporate welfare.”
“Senator McConnell stood strong when he voted against reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank last year, and we hope he will show leadership again by blocking Fred Hochberg’s nomination and all other nominations to the Export-Import Bank’s board,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “The Export-Import Bank is a slush fund for market-distorting subsidies that pick winners and losers in the private sector. Senator McConnell should demand a plan to wind down the Export-Import Bank, and not enable it to continue to hand out massive amounts of corporate welfare benefiting a few select industries.”
“It’s time for Senator McConnell to lead Senate Republicans in standing up to Big Business by opposing these nominations,” added Chocola.
Club for Growth Action Adds Greg Walden To PrimaryMyCongressman.ComLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1205
Washington, DC - Club for Growth Action today announced that it is adding Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) to www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com following Walden’s comments opposing modest reforms to Social Security.
To see Congressman Walden’s page on www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com click here or go to http://www.primarymycongressman.com/rep-greg-walden/
The purpose of www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com is to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats. Congressman Walden represents a district in which Governor Mitt Romney received 57% of the vote, but has a dismal 62% lifetime score on the Club for Growth’s Congressional Scorecard. The website offers Club members and the general public the opportunity to recommend primary opponents to the incumbents highlighted by Club for Growth Action, as well as to recommend primary challengers for any Republican member of Congress.
“We always knew Greg Walden had a liberal record, but he really cemented it with his public opposition to even modest entitlement reform,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Greg Walden has voted for bailing out Wall Street, dozens of pork projects, and against cutting the spending from the Obama stimulus. He even voted against blocking taxpayer subsidies for Viagra. Greg Walden should be held accountable for his anti-growth voting record as well as his anti-growth rhetoric.”
Club for Growth Calls On Walden To Clarify His Remarks On Chained CPILink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1204
Washington, DC - The Club for Growth issued the following statement in response to National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden’s comments opposing “chained CPI” inflation calculation for Social Security:
“Greg Walden doesn’t seriously oppose even the most modest of reforms to social security, right?” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “With nearly $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities, the last thing Republicans should attack the Democrats for is for making the most minor reforms to our entitlement programs. If anything, President Obama nibbles around the edges of entitlement reform and doesn’t do anything to put entitlements on a permanently sustainable path.”
“Greg Walden ought to think about clarifying his remarks on chained CPI, and think about clarifying soon. I’m sure his constituents would like to know his opinion,” added Chocola.
Club for Growth Opposes Obama Plan To Cap IRA SizeLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1203
Washington, DC - The Club for Growth issued the following statement in response to a proposal in President Obama’s budget that would cap the size of IRAs:
“What’s next – a cap on wealth in general?” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “President Obama continues to attack success and oppose policies that would lead to increased wealth and prosperity. It’s clear that growing the economy is not his top priority – it’s to punish the very people who help make this country so great.”
“President Obama should be encouraging Americans to save by cutting income tax rates, and by eliminating taxes on capital gains and dividends. Lower tax rates would lead to an economic boom that would benefit all Americans,” added Chocola.
Pryor Votes Against Death Tax RepealLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1201
Washington, DC - Club for Growth President Chris Chocola issued the following statement in reaction to Arkansas Democrat Senator Mark Pryor’s vote late Friday night against full repeal of the Federal estate tax, more commonly known as the “death tax.” Pryor joined the vast majority of Democrats in opposing full repeal of the tax.
Unlike Pryor, Arkansas Republican Senator John Boozman supports full repeal of the death tax.
Senator Pryor has joined with the liberals in Washington before. Pryor voted for ObamaCare, the Obama “stimulus”, and to bail out the Wall Street banks. That’s why a recent ad by Club for Growth Action calls Pryor Obama’s “best ally” in Washington.
“Obama ally Mark Pryor claims he’s an independent voice for Arkansas, but he just voted against full repeal of the death tax,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “The death tax hurts small businesses and farmers and should be completely eliminated. Mark Pryor should be held accountable for his vote for this nasty and anti-growth tax.”
New Poll In Arkansas Shows Mark Pryor In Deep TroubleLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1200
Washington, DC - Club for Growth Action and the Senate Conservatives Fund today released the results of a series of polls conducted among likely voters in Arkansas’s 2014 U.S. Senate race. The results show that since Club for Growth Action began running a six-figure TV ad buy in Arkansas, support among Arkansans for Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) has plummeted.
The TV ad, which pointed out that Senator Pryor stood with President Obama on ObamaCare, the failed Obama “stimulus,” and on bailing out the Wall Street banks, has had a devastating effect on Mark Pryor’s favorability ratings. In two months, Senator Pryor has gone from a +28 Favorable/Unfavorable spread among poll respondents (53/25) to even (36/36), a precipitous 28 point drop. In addition, the number of Arkansans who now view Mark Pryor as a “liberal” has nearly doubled, going from 26% in a January survey to 47% now, a strong plurality of respondents.
President Obama remains deeply unpopular in Arkansas, with only 38% of respondents having a favorable impression, compared to 58% who said unfavorable, a -20 point spread. Arkansans clearly recoil from the message in Club for Growth Action’s TV ad that “when you vote for Pryor, you vote for Obama.”
“The more Arkansans hear about Mark Pryor’s support for the Obama agenda, the less they like Mark Pryor,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “President Obama’s economic policies are simply unpopular in Arkansas, and Mark Pryor’s support for ObamaCare, the Obama stimulus, and the Wall Street bailout have cost him support back home. Obama ally Mark Pryor is in deep trouble with Arkansans because of his strong support for big-government programs like ObamaCare and the Obama ‘stimulus’ that are bankrupting America.”
"These numbers are not surprising. Our members who live in Arkansas continue to tell us that Mark Pryor has abandoned them and their values," said Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins. "They know he pretends to be a centrist when he's in Arkansas, but votes with President Obama when he's in Washington."
Both polls were conducted by the Republican polling firm Basswood Research. The polls took place January 27th-28th and March 16th-17th. Each sample contained 600 likely general election voters, with a margin of error of 4%. The second poll was paid for by both the Club for Growth Action and the Senate Conservatives Fund.
Selected results from the Club for Growth Action/Senate Conservatives Fund poll in Arkansas:
Favorable/Unfavorable: Senator Mark Pryor
January: 53% Favorable, 25% Unfavorable
March: 36% Favorable, 36% Unfavorable
Change: 28 points less favorable
Which of the following comes closest to your opinion? Mark Pryor is an independent Senator who fights for the best interests of Arkansas residents; or, Mark Pryor sides too much with President Obama and the liberals in Congress.
January: 46% Independent Senator, 31% Sides Too Much With Obama
March: 38% Independent Senator, 43% Sides Too Much With Obama
Change: 20 point swing towards “Sides too much with Obama”
Do you think Mark Pryor is a liberal, moderate or conservative in his political beliefs?
January: 26% Liberal, 32% Moderate, 12% Conservative
March: 47% Liberal, 25% Moderate, 6% Conservative
Change: 21 point increase among those who believe Pryor is a liberal
Ballot test for U.S. Senate in 2014 (March Only)
Senator Mark Pryor (D): 35%
Congressman Tom Cotton (R): 43%
Result: Pryor -8. Pryor is far under 50% and trails Congressman Tom Cotton in the straight ballot test by eight points.