Rachael Slobodien - February 22nd, 2018
Washington, DC – Today, Club for Growth announced its publication of the 2017 Club for Growth Foundation’s Congressional Scorecard, which ranks the voting behavior of Members of Congress based on issues relating to limited government and economic growth.
“The first year of the Trump’s presidency was a good one for economic freedom,” stated Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “Between the efforts to roll back regulations and the historic pro-growth tax reform, Club for Growth saw an increase in the number of members earning the distinction of a ‘Defender of Economic Freedom.’”
Based on the scorecard, twenty-nine Members of Congress and seven Senators will receive the Club for Growth’s Defender of Economic Freedom Award for 2017. Starting in 2011, Club for Growth required Representatives and Senators to not only score 90% or better on votes cast in a year, but to also maintain a lifetime rating of at least 90%.
Starting in 2018, Club for Growth will also begin to monitor the voting records of Members of Congress who were previously elected with the support of the Club for Growth PAC. Beginning with the 2018 Scorecard, any member who earns a score between 70-79% will be placed on a “Watch List.” Any member earning 69% or below will be placed on a “Warning List.” The purpose of this is to alert members of the Club for Growth that the lawmakers are deviating from their support for economic freedom.
Highlights from the Club for Growth Foundation’s 2017 Congressional Scorecard
Three United States Senators received a perfect score in 2017. The three Senators with a 100% score were: Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and James Lankford (R-OK). Of those, two had a lifetime ranking of 90% or better: Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Pat Toomey (R-PA).
In addition, Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Tim Scott (R-SC) had 2017 scores high enough to qualify for the Defender of Economic Freedom award.
Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05) was the lone House member to receive a 100% rating in 2017.
Four Senate Democrats and one Independent and 62 House Democrats scored zero in 2017.
For the third consecutive year, the lowest ranked Republican Senator was Susan Collins (ME) at 42%, and the lowest ranked Republican House member was Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21) at 24%.
Republican leadership scores in 2017 were:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) – 81%
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (TX) – 81%
Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (SD) – 81%
Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso (WY) – 87%
House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) – N/A
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) – 64%
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01) –81%
House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) – 76%
The 2017 Congressional Scorecard was produced by the Club for Growth Foundation, an entity related to the Club for Growth. The Scorecard is based on 23 votes taken in the House of Representatives and 19 votes taken in the Senate.
Rachael Slobodien - February 13th, 2018
Washington, DC – Today Club for Growth Action, a political arm of the Club for Growth, announced the release of a 60-second radio ad that began airing today in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District.
Club for Growth Action’s new ad, “San Francisco,” highlights the liberal proclivities of Democrat Conor Lamb. Club for Growth PAC endorsed Republican Rick Saccone in December 2017.
To listen to CFG Action’s ad, stream audio below. The transcript of the 60-second ad can also be found below.
Andrew Roth - February 12th, 2018
February 12, 2018
On behalf of our organizations and the millions of Americans we represent across all 50 states, we write to express our opposition to raising the federal gas tax. Federal policy should concentrate first on the many impediments to a more efficient, effective, and user-accountable transportation network.
Raising the gas tax is a bad idea. It will make the burden of government on families and businesses heavier. A higher gas tax means higher prices not just on gas, but on goods and services throughout the economy. These costs would inevitably be passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices, resulting in a regressive tax hike on those who can least afford it.
We applaud the landmark tax reform bill recently approved by Congress and signed into law by President Trump. Millions of families and small businesses will benefit from these pro-growth tax cuts after years of slow economic growth and stagnant wages. Undermining the impact of this long overdue and badly needed tax relief by raising the federal gas tax would be counterproductive and misguided – hitting less affluent Americans and those living on fixed incomes the hardest.
Rather than seeking to increase prices at the pump in the form of a tax hike, lawmakers should first reform the way existing transportation dollars are spent.
Too often, highway funds are diverted to non-highway projects, a problem that worsens with each passing year. This non-highway spending shortchanges motorists, and undermines the user-pays principle.
In addition, labor mandates and byzantine planning and analysis requirements can needlessly delay the completion of transportation projects and contribute to increased costs. Modernizing these burdensome planning requirements and sweeping away cost-boosting labor restrictions would stretch existing dollars further.
Before asking Americans to pay more for a tank of gas, Congress should pursue common-sense reforms that properly prioritize federal transportation infrastructure needs, reduce costly and time-consuming bureaucratic hurdles, and ensure that tax dollars are spent on roads and bridges, not frittered away on unrelated pet projects, red tape and paperwork.
Brent Wm. Gardner
Chief Government Affairs Officer
Americans for Prosperity
Michael A. Needham
Heritage Action for America
Americans for Tax Reform
Club for Growth
Executive Vice President
Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Citizens Against Government Waste
National Taxpayers Union
Mario H. Lopez
Hispanic Leadership Fund
The Libre Initiative
Carrie L. Lukas
Independent Women’s Forum
Heather R. Higgins
President and CEO
Independent Women’s Voice
Harry C. Alford
President and CEO
National Black Chamber of Commerce
Center for Individual Freedom
Campaign for Liberty
Tea Party Nation
Kim Crockett, Esq.
Vice President, Senior Fellow and General Counsel
Center of the American Experiment
Tom Brinkman, Jr.
Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST)
Consumer Action for a Strong Economy (CASE)
John K. MacIver Institute
Freedom Foundation of Minnesota
Andrew F. Quinlan
Center for Freedom and Prosperity
Rachael Slobodien - February 12th, 2018
Do You Remember When Markwayne Mullin Promised to Protect Taxpayers? He doesn’t.
Washington, DC – Today Club for Growth unveiled a new 15-second ad to bring attention to the wasteful spending practice of earmarks that Rep. Markwayne Mullin embraces.
Club for Growth’s ad, “Amnesia,” begins airing on TV in Oklahoma and will also run digitally.
To watch Club for Growth’s ad, click here. The transcript of the 15-second ad can also be found below.
Club for Growth
Is Markwayne Mullin losing his memory?
First Mullin forgot about his term limits promise.
Then he complained about spending.
But now wants to bring back earmarks – - special interest spending scams that cost taxpayers billions.
Remind Mullin to just say NO to earmarks.
Rachael Slobodien - February 12th, 2018
Today Club for Growth Action, a political arm of the Club for Growth, announced the release of a 30-second television ad that began airing today on cable television in Texas’s 21th Congressional District.
Club for Growth Action’s new ad, “Courage,” is narrated by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and highlights Chip Roy’s conservative credentials.
To watch CFG Action’s ad, click here. The transcript of the 30-second ad can also be found below.