Club for Growth Urges Senators To Vote No On Cloture On Watt NominationLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1249
Washington, DC - The Club for Growth today urged Senators to vote against cloture on President Obama’s nomination of Congressman Mel Watt (D-NC) to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The Club’s Key Vote Alert on the Watt nomination can be found here:
“Congressman Mel Watt is not at issue – the policies he will pursue as head of FHFA are,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Mel Watt will almost certainly pursue a write-down of mortgage debt, which is a massive taxpayer-subsidized bailout that would create a massive moral hazard.”
“Make no mistake – a vote for cloture on Mel Watt is simply a vote for a massive taxpayer-funded bailout, and the Club for Growth will treat it as such on our Congressional scorecard,” added Chocola.
New TV Ads By Club for Growth Action Promote Chris McDaniel In MississippiLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1245
Washington, DC - Today, Club for Growth Action announced a new TV ad campaign in Mississippi that promotes State Senator Chris McDaniel as the “strong, conservative leader Mississippi needs in the U.S. Senate.” The ad will start running tomorrow on broadcast and cable throughout Mississippi.
“Chris McDaniel doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk when it comes to the fight for economic freedom,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Career politicians and big government liberals are bankrupting our country, and that’s exactly why we need Chris McDaniel fighting for us in Washington. Club for Growth Action will continue to strongly support his candidacy for the United States Senate.”
Script for “Had Enough?” (TV :30)
WASHINGTON’S A MESS.
GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE.
CAREER POLITICIANS BANKRUPTING OUR COUNTRY.
CHRIS MCDANIEL IS A CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVE WITH BACKBONE.
IN THE LEGISLATURE, HE STOOD UP TO THE BIG SPENDERS IN BOTH PARTIES.
IN COURT, HE REPRESENTED MISSISSIPPI AGAINST OBAMACARE.
CHRIS MCDANIEL: THE NEW, STRONG, CONSERVATIVE LEADER MISSISSIPPI NEEDS IN THE U.S. SENATE.
CLUB FOR GROWTH ACTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THIS ADVERTISING.
Club for Growth PAC Endorses Chris McDaniel For U.S. SenateLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1244
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today announced that it is endorsing State Senator Chris McDaniel for United States Senate in Mississippi. The seat is currently held by incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, who has not announced his intention to run for re-election:
“Senator Chris McDaniel represents the next generation of conservative leadership that Mississippi Republicans are waiting for,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “In the State Senate, Chris McDaniel led Mississippi’s fight against ObamaCare, opposed harmful tax increases, and stood strong against the big spenders in Jackson. It’s no wonder his colleagues named him the leader of Mississippi’s conservatives in the Mississippi State Senate and we have no doubt he’ll be a leader in the fight for economic freedom in the United States Senate.”
“Mississippi needs a strong fiscal conservative in the Senate who will fight President Obama and his agenda of higher taxes and bigger government. Senator Chris McDaniel is ready to take the fight straight to the liberals in Washington who have led us to $17 trillion in debt. Club members look forward to strongly supporting his candidacy in the primary and general elections next year,” added Chocola.
Club for Growth PAC Slams Pryor On ObamaCare ExemptionLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1242
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today issued the following statement on Mark Pryor’s claim that he does not get a special deal under ObamaCare. From the Wall Street Journal:
Thanks to an amendment from Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley that Democrats enacted in 2010, the Affordable Care Act says that "the only health plans that the Federal Government may make available" to Congress are the ones offered on the ObamaCare insurance exchanges. But Members and many aides have been flipping out because they won't qualify for ObamaCare subsidies and they'll lose employer contributions they now receive under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, or FEHBP, which picks up about three-quarters of the average premium.
At President Obama's personal request, the Office of Personnel Management decreed that the Members don't have to get off the gravy train after all. The eat-your-own-cooking provision begins with the phrase "Notwithstanding any other provision of law." The feds now interpret that clause as a loophole to mean that the Affordable Care Act did not change the 1959 law that created the FEHBP.
Since Members and staff still technically meet the definition of federal employees qualified for the FEHBP, the Administration says they're still entitled to enroll in the FEHBP concurrently with the exchanges. The feds then "clarify"—their euphemism—that the regulatory meaning of health benefits in the FEHBP can be ObamaCare plans. Voila, taxpayers will continue to chip in $4,900 for individual and $10,000 for family coverage. (Wall Street Journal, 8/7/13)
“Mark Pryor doesn’t believe that he’s getting special treatment under ObamaCare, but regular Arkansans who have lost their employer-provided health insurance because of ObamaCare and are forced into ObamaCare don’t have the government picking up 75% of their tab.” said Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Mark Pryor is simply not telling the truth about his special deal under ObamaCare that he voted to keep just last week. For Mark Pryor, it’s ObamaCare for others, but not for himself.”
“Mark Pryor’s falsehoods about Tom Cotton are the sign of a flailing and increasingly desperate campaign. Mark Pryor can’t explain to voters why sending a supporter of President Obama back to Washington is good for Arkansas, so instead he’s attempting to deny basic facts about his record.” added Keller
New TV Ads In Arkansas Slam Mark Pryor For Special Deal On ObamaCareLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1241
Washington, DC - Today, Club for Growth Action announced a new, six-figure TV ad campaign in Arkansas that slams Senator Mark Pryor for voting against defunding ObamaCare and repeal of the medical device tax. The ad also criticizes Pryor for voting to keep special subsidies for himself that regular Arkansans who are forced into ObamaCare won’t receive.
“Arkansans know Mark Pryor supports Obama and ObamaCare, and now they know he wants Arkansans to suffer under ObamaCare while he receives a special deal reserved only for Washington politicians,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Mark Pryor won’t support any delay of ObamaCare, and he even wants to keep the tax on Medical devices that will drive up the cost of things like pacemakers and ultrasound equipment. Mark Pryor’s support for ObamaCare is catching up with him, and his decision to treat himself differently from the average Arkansan will hurt him at the ballot box next November.”
Script for “Extreme” (TV :30)
WE KNOW MARK PRYOR SUPPORTS OBAMACARE.
BUT LATELY HE’S GOTTEN EVEN MORE EXTREME.
PRYOR VOTED AGAINST ANY DELAYS IN OBAMACARE.
HE VOTED FOR TAXES ON PACEMAKERS AND ULTRASOUND EQUIPMENT TO PAY FOR OBAMACARE.
BUT WHEN HE HAD THE CHANCE TO STOP THE SPECIAL DEAL FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, HE VOTED NO.
WITH MARK PRYOR, IT’S OBAMACARE FOR EVERYONE ELSE, BUT NOT FOR HIM.
CLUB FOR GROWTH ACTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THIS ADVERTISING.
Club for Growth Supports House GOP Effort To Fund Government, But Not ObamaCareLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1240
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement on news that House Republicans will start passing appropriations bills to fund Veterans Affairs, the National Parks, and the District of Columbia:
“Obama and the Democrats have a decision to make: they can provide funding for veterans and reopen our national parks, or they can continue their temper tantrum and refuse to negotiate with Republicans,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “The Club for Growth has supported delay of the individual mandate – which received the support of 22 House Democrats and Democrat Senator Joe Manchin. Instead of playing games and insisting on a shutdown over funding for his horrendous health care law, President Obama should pass the Republican bills to keep the government open and put ObamaCare on a path to destruction.”
Club for Growth: Ted Cruz Stands Up For Americans In Fight Against ObamaCareLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1239
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement on Senator Ted Cruz’s remarks on the Senate floor today:
“Americans owe Senator Ted Cruz a debt of gratitude for standing on principle in the fight to stop ObamaCare,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “The Washington elite is in complete denial, but here are the facts: ObamaCare is a disaster, it is one of the biggest assaults on individual liberty in history, it is stifling economic growth, and it will not work. Republicans don’t want it. Democrats don’t want it. Labor Unions don’t want it. Independents don’t want it. Only Washington politicians want to subject the people to ObamaCare, all while begging for exemptions for themselves and their staffs.”
Mike Simpson Receives C+ on the 2012 National Taxpayers Union ScorecardLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1238
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today noted that Congressman Mike Simpson recently received a C+ on the National Taxpayers Union Scorecard for 2012. Congressman Simpson has never received a score higher than a “B” from the National Taxpayers Union. In contrast, Idaho’s 1st Congressional District Representative Raul Labrador has always received an “A” rating.
In addition to his poor ratings from the National Taxpayers Union, Simpson has been called “hostile” to taxpayers by Citizens Against Government Waste, and has received scores as low as 47% from the conservative Heritage Action for America and 30% from the tea party group FreedomWorks.
“We’ve always known that Mike Simpson is no friend to Idaho taxpayers, and his C+ from the National Taxpayers Union is just another data point.” said Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Mike Simpson voted to bail out Wall Street, he voted for billions in new taxes, and he doesn’t support efforts by fiscal conservatives like Ted Cruz to defund Obamacare. Mike Simpson has repeatedly worked with the Democrats to grow government and increase spending, all while voting to raise his own pay nine times. Idaho voters should replace Mike Simpson with true fiscal conservative Bryan Smith in the Republican primary next May.”
Club for Growth Endorses Graves Bill To Defund ObamacareLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1237
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement on the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution (H.J.Res. 62) that defunds Obamacare while funding the rest of the government at sequestration levels:
“The Club for Growth strongly supports the legislation offered by Congressman Tom Graves to save America from Obamacare,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Obamacare has already done immeasurable damage to economic growth, and even labor unions like the AFL-CIO think that it should be repealed. Republicans, Democrats, and independents are united in opposition to this horrible piece of legislation and momentum is building to stop it.”
Club for Growth Statement On Reported Cantor CR ProposalLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1235
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement on newsreports that the House Republican leadership is preparing to offer a Continuing Resolution through a legislative procedure that will allow House Republicans to vote for a bill that will wind up funding Obamacare, without having their “fingerprints” on it:
From Politico: Most simply the procedure calls for sending the Senate a stopgap spending bill together with a resolution that would alter the text of the bill once it’s enrolled for presentation to President Barack Obama.In this case, the so-called “enrollment correction” would bar funding to carry out Public Law 111-148, Obama’s signature health care reforms. But the Democratic-controlled Senate retains the right to choose: accepting the spending resolution with or without the “correction.”
From National Review: Under the Cantor plan, the House would vote on two measures, the CR and a resolution that amends the CR to defund Obamacare. Both measures would be brought under a rule that allows the Senate to send only the clean CR to the president, but only after they first vote on whether to defund Obamacare. If the Senate voted against defunding Obamacare, they could then pass the clean CR.
“Are these news reports from The Onion? Or are they real?” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “When members were at home over recess, did they hear their constituents ask for legislative tricks or principled leadership? Trying to fool Republicans into voting to fund Obamacare is even worse than offering a bill that deliberately funds it. I hope this proposal is nothing more than a bad joke and is quickly discarded. Republicans should simply do what they say they are for by passing a Continuing Resolution that doesn’t fund Obamacare.”