Federal Budget

Key Vote Alert – “NO” to NFIP Reauthorization

Andrew Roth - July 24th, 2018

KEY VOTE ALERT

“NO” on the House Amendment to the National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act (S. 1182)

The Club for Growth is opposed to the House Amendment to the National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act (S. 1182) and we urge all House members to vote against it. A vote is expected this week in the House. The vote will be included in the Club’s 2018 congressional scorecard.

This proposal is just a straight short-term reauthorization of a flawed program that creates nothing but perverse incentives and billions in federal debt. Rather than kick the can down the road, which this bill does, Congress needs to get the government out of the flood insurance market by repealing this program. Absent repeal, material reforms are welcome that will protect the taxpayers from having to continually bail out the program.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 115th 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.

Key Vote Alert – Minibus Amendments (HR 5895)

Andrew Roth - June 07th, 2018

KEY VOTE ALERT

Minibus Amendments (HR 5895)

The Club for Growth is scoring the following amendments under consideration during the debate on the so-called Minibus (HR 5895). These amendments will be voted on as early as today. The votes will be included in the Club’s 2018 congressional scorecard.

YES on Norman #11 – This amendment would cut spending by $1.5 billion to match the FY18 enacted spending level.

YES on Blackburn #30 – This amendment would cut spending by 1% from the Energy & Water division of the bill

YES on Gosar #39 – This amendment would eliminate funding for the ARPA-E program as recommended by the Trump Administration.

YES on Gosar #40 – Under the authority of the Holman Rule granted to Congress, this amendment would reduce the salary of Mark Gabriel, the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration, to one dollar.

YES on Blackburn #79 – This amendment would cut spending by 1% from the Legislative Branch division of the bill

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 115th 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.

Key Vote Alert – “YES” on the Rescissions Package

Andrew Roth - June 07th, 2018

KEY VOTE ALERT

“YES” to the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act (HR 3)

The Club for Growth supports the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act (HR 3) and we urge all members of Congress to vote YES on it. A vote is expected in the House later this week, with a vote in the Senate expected after that. This vote will be included in the Club’s 2018 congressional scorecard.

This is a straightforward issue that should have bipartisan support. As the bill’s name indicates, there are expired and unnecessary programs within the federal budget that should be eliminated, thus saving the taxpayers money and cleaning up the waste in Washington. This proposal includes 38 rescissions worth almost $15 billion across several federal agencies.

On Capitol Hill where budget gimmickry is a routine matter, this spending – if left alone – could be used to offset more spending elsewhere – thus turning unused spending into real spending. So while this rescissions package is modest in size, it will help reduce the “money laundering” that is common practice in Washington.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 115th 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.

Club for Growth Applauds President Trump’s Rescission Package; Calls on Congress to Act

Rachael Slobodien - May 08th, 2018

Today, Club for Growth President David McIntosh issued the following statement to praise President Trump’s $15 billion rescission package:

“This rescission package is an initial step in President Trump keeping his promises to the American people to control spending,” stated Club for Growth President David McIntosh.

“We encourage both the House and Senate to move immediately to act on this rescission package.  Imagine, if Congress is so addicted to spending that they can’t even cut unwanted and unused spending, what good are they?  The Trump Administration is giving Congress a golden opportunity to begin to right our nation’s fiscal course.  Congress should take its job seriously and promptly pass these spending cuts.”

 

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Coalition to Congress: Farm Bill Must Address Out-of-Control Subsidy Programs

Andrew Roth - May 02nd, 2018

Dear Members of Congress:

The undersigned organizations are leading organizations in the conservative and free-market community, representing millions of members, supporters, and activists. We have come together to urge all House members to play a leading role in making major reforms to the out of control farm subsidy system.

The House Agriculture Committee farm bill, which is expected to be debated on the House floor in May, is unacceptable. It not only fails to make reforms to farm subsidies, but actually makes the subsidies even worse. For example, it creates new ways to funnel more money to agricultural producers, including to individuals who do not even farm.

Our concerns about farm subsidies go well beyond excessive and unjustified costs to taxpayers. Subsidy reform is so important to our organizations because the existing subsidy system violates the most basic principles of conservatism, including a belief in free enterprise and limited government. There is nothing conservative about:

  • Cronyism. Our nation’s so-called safety net is not really about protecting agriculture so much as protecting a small number of producers, usually the largest operations, growing a small number of commodities.
  • Waste. Most agriculture receives little to no subsidies and succeeds without federal intervention. Yet, for some producers of favored commodities, subsidies flow to them through multiple programs.
  • Central Planning. In 2018, it is hard to believe that the federal government dictates how much of a commodity can be sold, yet this is a key feature of the federal sugar program.
  • Promoting Dependence. The current subsidy system creates dependence on federal handouts, instead of empowering individuals to succeed on their own.

Agricultural special interests would have you believe that daring to touch farm subsidies is somehow anti-farmer. Since when do conservatives think that promoting our principles is harmful to Americans, including farmers? It is by promoting our principles that we will best help those small number of producers receiving subsidies. Quite simply, respect for farmers doesn’t mean tolerance for wasting taxpayer money on handouts.

There are many important and common sense reforms, including reducing premium subsidies, placing a cap on ARC and PLC costs, reforming the sugar program, prohibiting protection against shallow losses, requiring producers to choose between ARC/PLC and crop insurance, and strengthening means testing and payment limits. Many of these reforms have been included in the Trump Administration budgets, identified by the Government Accountability Office, introduced in bipartisan legislation, and/or passed by the House.

Our organizations are taking farm subsidy reform very seriously in the upcoming farm bill debate. We look forward to working with you to provide more details about reforms and to create a truly conservative and free-market farm bill.

Sincerely,

Campaign for Liberty

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Coalition to Reduce Spending

Club for Growth

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

FreedomWorks

Heritage Action

Independent Women’s Forum

Independent Women’s Voice

John Locke Foundation

R Street Institute

Rio Grande Foundation

Taxpayers for Common Sense

Taxpayers Protection Alliance

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