Club for Growth Responds To Boehner CommentsLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1268
Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “After carefully reviewing the budget deal, on which we never commented until it was complete, we determined that it would increase the size of government.”
Washington, DC – Today, the Club for Growth issued the following response to Speaker John Boehner’s comments on the budget deal:
“We stand with Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Tom Coburn, Rand Paul, members of the Republican Study Committee and every other fiscal conservative who opposes the Ryan-Murray deal,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “After carefully reviewing the budget deal, on which we never commented until it was complete, we determined that it would increase the size of government. We support pro-growth proposals when they are considered by Congress. In our evaluation, this isn’t one of those.”
Club for Growth Opposes Ryan-Murray Budget ProposalLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1267
Washington, DC – Today, the Club for Growth issued the following statement on the Ryan-Murray budget proposal:
“This proposal swaps debt reduction today and next year, for the dubious promise of debt reduction a decade from now,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “All Republicans have to do is nothing, and they will retain the rather modest budget savings that comes from the sequester. Apparently, there are some Republicans who don’t have the stomach for even relatively small spending reductions that are devoid of budgetary smoke and mirrors. If Republicans work with Democrats to pass this deal, it should surprise no one when Republican voters seek alternatives who actually believe in less spending when they go to the ballot box.”
“The Club for Growth will include a vote on the Ryan-Murray Budget proposal on our 2013 Congressional Scorecard. Instead of passing this flawed proposal, Republicans should pass a continuing resolution that preserves the savings from the sequester,” added Chocola.
Club for Growth PAC Statement On The Texas Senate RaceLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1266
“While Congressman Stockman has a pro-economic growth record, so does Senator Cornyn, as witnessed by his 87% lifetime Club for Growth score,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Our PAC evaluates three factors when looking at races that involve incumbents: 1) the strength of the incumbent’s record; 2) the degree of difference between the incumbent and the challenger on economic issues; and 3) the viability of the challenger. None of those factors weigh against Senator Cornyn, so we do not expect to be involved in the Texas Senate race.”
Club for Growth PAC Statement On Mississippi’s Senate RaceLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1265
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC issued the following statement in response to news that Senator Thad Cochran will seek re-election in Mississippi:
“Throughout his over forty years in Washington, Senator Thad Cochran has done some good things for Mississippi, but he’s also done some bad things. He voted to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, voted repeatedly to raise the debt limit by trillions of dollars, and even voted against a resolution that stated Congress has a “moral obligation” to cut spending,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Senator Cochran has also voted to confirm liberal Supreme Court Justices and is a strong supporter of wasteful earmarks – something that is opposed by Republican leaders in both the Senate and the House. Mississippi voters will make the final judgment as to whether it is time for a change.”
“Fortunately, Republicans in Mississippi have a real choice for the United States Senate this year. They can vote for Senator Cochran, or they can vote for a more fiscally conservative alternative who is dedicated to limited government and passing policies that will increase economic growth. The Club for Growth PAC believes that State Senator Chris McDaniel is a constitutional conservative who will fight to repeal ObamaCare, cut spending, and stop President Obama’s reckless agenda. The Club for Growth PAC looks forward to strongly supporting his candidacy for the United States Senate,” concluded Chocola.
Mike Simpson’s Pro-Bailout, Pro-Obama Stimulus, Pro-Debt Allies Try To Save His Flailing CandidacyLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1264
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC issued the following statement in response to the Chamber of Commerce ad campaign in Idaho’s Second Congressional District on behalf of liberal Republican Mike Simpson. The Club’s PAC has endorsed pro-taxpayer fiscal conservative Bryan Smith for Congress:
“It’s no surprise that Mike Simpson is receiving support from his allies in Washington,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Mike Simpson supported the $700 billion bailout out of Wall Street. The Chamber of Commerce supported the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street. Mike Simpson supported keeping all the spending in the Obama stimulus. The Chamber of Commerce supported the Obama stimulus. Mike Simpson supported raising the debt limit by trillions of dollars. The Chamber of Commerce supported raising the debt limit by trillions of dollars. I guess pro-bailout, pro-Obama stimulus spending, pro-debt birds of a feather flock together.”
Mike Simpson and the Chamber of Commerce: Pro-bailout, Pro-Obama stimulus, Pro-debt birds of a feather
On the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street…
· Mike Simpson voted for the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street (RCV #681, 2008)
· The Chamber of Commerce supported the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street (Chamber of Commerce Scorecard, 2008, Vote #1)
On the Obama stimulus…
· Mike Simpson voted to keep all of the spending in Obama’s stimulus (RCV #42, 2009)
· The Chamber of Commerce supported the Obama stimulus (Chamber of Commerce Scorecard, 2009, Vote #14)
On raising the debt limit by trillions…
· Mike Simpson voted to increase the debt limit by $2.1 trillion (RCV #690, 2011)
· The Chamber of Commerce supported increasing the debt limit by $2.1 trillion (Chamber of Commerce Scorecard, 2011, Vote #7)
Is Mike Simpson an “Alec Baldwin Republican”?Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1261
Washington, DC – Today, the Club for Growth PAC asked if Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson is an “Alec Baldwin Republican” – noting that Simpson received a visit from the left-wing actor just a few months after he was one of just 22 Republicans to vote against a $20 million dollar cut to the National Endowment for the Arts:
Idaho Republican Mike Simpson (Center) with liberal Hollywood actors and Obama supporters Alec Baldwin (Left) and Kevin Spacey (Right) on April 5th, 2011.
“When Mike Simpson had the opportunity to save $20 million dollars on government funding for the arts, he stood with Alec Baldwin and just 21 other liberal Republicans in voting no,” said Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Like Alec Baldwin, Mike Simpson sees no problem with frivolously spending our tax dollars, just as when he voted to spend millions of tax dollars on a Jazz Museum in Missouri, a Lobster Institute in Maine, and the ‘Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service’ in New York City. Mike Simpson’s big-government voting record is more in touch with the values of Hollywood liberal Alec Baldwin than it is with the people of Idaho.”
Idaho RINO Mike Simpson: Alec Baldwin Values?
Mike Simpson spoke to a group of actors advocating against cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): Just a few short weeks ago, actors Alec Baldwin, Kerry Washington, Kevin Spacey, and Hill Harper joined more than 550 arts advocates representing 40 states from across the country on Capitol Hill for National Arts Advocacy Day 2011. This year’s event took place at a critical time when legislators were battling over program cuts to reduce the deficit. The day began with the Congressional Arts Kickoff where several members of Congress spoke to advocates about the importance of arts funding. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), who chairs the subcommittee that oversees funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Smithsonian, said that while some in Congress believe that government should not support the arts, “I respectfully disagree.” (ArtsBlog, 4/27/11)
Simpson was one of just 22 liberal Republicans to vote against a 20.6 million dollar cut to the NEA. (RCV #68, 2011)
Like Alec Baldwin, Mike Simpson supports wasting tax dollars on frivolous projects
· Simpson voted for $200,000 to fund new exhibits at American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, MO (RCV #679, 2007)
· Simpson voted for $200,000 for the Lobster Institute in Orono, ME (RCV #735, 2007)
· Simpson voted for $2,000,000 for a new Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service in New York City (RCV #678, 2007)
· Simpson received a 1% on the Club for Growth’s 2009 “RePork Card” for voting once out of 68 opportunities to cut a wasteful pork project. (Source)
o Note: The Average Republican Score was 57%.
· Simpson received a 4% on the Club for Growth’s 2007 “RePork Card” for voting once out of 50 opportunities to cut a wasteful pork project. (Source)
o Note: The Average Republican Score was 43%.
Mike Simpson Backed By Group That Supports ObamaCare Expansion In IdahoLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1260
Washington, DC – Today, the Club for Growth PAC noted that the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, which has already announced the creation of a Super-PAC to support Mike Simpson’s re-election, has also endorsed ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion in Idaho.
In response, the Club for Growth PAC issued the following statement:
“Does Mike Simpson support or oppose expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare in Idaho, just as his supporters in the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry do?” asked Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Medicaid expansion will cost taxpayers billions and stick future generations with the bill. Conservatives across the country are rejecting ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, and Mike Simpson should have to answer if he joins with the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry in supporting ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion in Idaho.”
Will Mark Pryor Join With President Clinton And Call On President Obama To Honor His Pledge On ObamaCare?Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1257
Washington, DC – Today, former Arkansas Governor and President Bill Clinton reacted to news that millions of Americans and thousands of Arkansans are having their health insurance cancelled under ObamaCare. President Clinton said: “I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got."
In response to President Clinton’s comments, the Club for Growth PAC issued the following statement:
“Does Mark Pryor agree with President Clinton that President Obama should honor his commitment to the American people and allow those who have lost their plans to keep their plans?” asked Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Because of ObamaCare, thousands of Arkansans have lost their health insurance, and premiums are doubling. Mark Pryor needs to decide what he thinks is more important: the people of Arkansas or President Obama and his disastrous health care law.”
Club for Growth PAC Endorses Justin Amash For CongressLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1256
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today announced that it is endorsing incumbent Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) for re-election:
“Justin Amash has a lifetime 100% on the Club for Growth Scorecard, which means that no one fights harder for economic freedom and pro-growth policies in Washington,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Justin has proven time and time again that he will do everything he can to represent Michigan taxpayers and defend the constitution, even if that bothers the big spenders in the both parties. Club members stand with Justin Amash and we look forward to seeing him re-elected next November.”
Club for Growth PAC To Senate Democrats: Enlist Mike Simpson In Your Efforts To Raise Minimum WageLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1254
Washington, DC – In response to news that Liberal Senate Democrats are pushing to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, the Club for Growth PAC today noted that Mike Simpson strongly supported and voted for raising the minimum wage back in 2007, and suggested that Senate Democrats contact Simpson’s office in order to garner support for a vote on raising the minimum wage in the House:
“If Senate Democrats are looking for someone to help them get a vote in the House on raising the minimum wage, they should go ask Mike Simpson.” said Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Mike Simpson has voted for raising the minimum wage before, and he even tried to convince his friend Speaker Boehner to hold a vote on it the last time the Republicans held the majority. For Republican support of an awful, anti-growth piece of legislation, Democrats in Congress can always count on Idaho’s Mike Simpson.”
Mike Simpson and The Minimum Wage
Simpson pressed Boehner to allow a vote on raising the minimum wage in 2006: House Majority Leader John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, apparently has reversed himself on allowing a vote on the minimum wage and will bring the measure to the floor before the end of the legislative year, Rep. Ray LaHood said. LaHood, R-Ill., a proponent of a minimum wage increase, said he and several other members approached Boehner June 20 after the leader told reporters he would "probably not" allow a vote on a minimum wage bill this year…Other members who approached Boehner about changing his mind were Reps. David L. Hobson, R-Ohio, and Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, both longtime allies of the majority leader. (Congressional Quarterly Today, 6/21/06)
Simpson voted in committee with the Democrats to add a minimum wage increase to a 2007 spending bill: Democrats won a significant, if temporary, victory Tuesday when the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to a fiscal 2007 spending bill that would gradually increase the minimum wage to $7.25. The amendment, offered by Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., would raise the minimum wage $2.10 by Jan. 1, 2009. It was added to the draft spending bill for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education by a vote of 32-27. The underlying appropriations bill was approved by voice vote. The Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved the measure June 7…. Seven Republicans voted for the amendment: Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri, Ray LaHood of Illinois, Don Sherwood of Pennsylvania, Mike Simpson of Idaho, John E. Sweeney and James T. Walsh of New York, and C.W. Bill Young of Florida. (Congressional Quarterly Today, 6/13/06)
Simpson voted to increase the minimum wage in 2007. (RCV #18, 2007)