Free Trade

Club for Growth: Tariffs Harm American Consumers

Rachael Slobodien - May 31st, 2018

Today, Club for Growth President David McIntosh issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on U.S. allies including Europe, Canada, and Mexico:

“Tariffs, on our nation’s closest allies no less, will reverse the positive impact of President Trump’s historic tax cuts,” stated Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “Furthermore, history tells us tariffs will harm our nation’s economic growth and will trigger a trade war that will wreak the greatest harm on hardworking Americans.

“Club for Growth encourages the Trump Administration to go back to the drawing board and halt the imposition of these damaging tariffs.”

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Key Vote Alert – NDAA Amendments

Andrew Roth - May 23rd, 2018

KEY VOTE ALERT

NDAA Amendments (HR 5515)

The Club for Growth does not take a position on final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019. However, there are a few amendments that have a material influence on economic policy that the Club will score. These amendments will be voted on this week. The votes will be included in the Club’s 2018 congressional scorecard.

YES on King #92 – This amendment would ensure that no funds are authorized to enforce Davis-Bacon wage requirements.

NO on McKinley #422 – This amendment would require 100% domestic sourcing for “dinnerware” within the Department of Defense. It is essentially a protectionist earmark. It is meant to exclude foreign competition while favoring a specific industry. The government should not pick winners and losers.

NO on Tenney #380 – This amendment is similar to McKinley #422, but it applies to stainless steel flatware.

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 – Scoring the Farm Bill + Amendments

Andrew Roth - May 17th, 2018

KEY VOTE ALERT

The Farm Bill (HR 2) + Amendments

The Club for Growth opposes the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (HR 2), and we urge all House members to oppose it. A vote on final passage is expected this week. The vote will be included in the Club’s 2018 congressional scorecard.

Every five years or so, we’re reminded of the GOP’s rank hypocrisy on this issue. The party claims to be for free markets, but then they coddle up to special interests by handing out subsidies, price controls, and unfair trade practices.

Conservatives fought hard during the last farm bill debate to break up the unholy marriage of agricultural subsidy programs and the food stamp program. Yet this bill maintains that union as if our previous efforts never happened. On top of that, this bill doesn’t make any meaningful reforms to farm subsidies. And the savings from the modest reforms to the food stamps program are plowed back into the bill in other areas, resulting in no savings at all.

In addition to scoring the overall bill, the Club for Growth will score the following amendments to HR 2. Only if ALL of them successfully pass will we lift our opposition to the overall bill.

YES on Biggs #10 – this repeals several bioenergy programs established in the 2002 farm bill.

YES on Banks Amendment #31 – this repeals the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, which was unilaterally imposed during the last administration.

YES on Foxx Amendment #32 – this reforms the communist-styled sugar program by ending production quotas and the costly sugar-to-ethanol boondoggle.

YES on McClintock Amendment #93 – this phases out all agricultural subsidies by the year 2029.

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 Joins Coalition Urging President Trump to Include the Cruz-Daines-Gardner Competitiveness Chapter in NAFTA Renegotiation

Rachael Slobodien - April 06th, 2018

This week Club for Growth joined conservative allies in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to include the REINS Act within the Competitiveness Chapter of NAFTA renegotiations.

The letter explains, “We write in appreciation of the remarkable pro-growth deregulatory accomplishments of your administration and to urge you to make those accomplishments permanent by including the competitiveness chapter proposed by Senators Cruz, Daines, and Gardner in the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)….”

The groups go on to note, “ We specifically urge inclusion in the competitiveness chapter of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would require costly new regulations to be individually approved by Congress before they could take effect.” The letter along with a complete list of signatories can be viewed here.

CFG on TV: Andy Roth joins Fox Business to Discuss the Latest on Tariffs with China and the Omnibus Spending Bill

Stacy French - March 27th, 2018

Andy Roth, VP of Gov’t Affairs at Club for Growth, joins After the Bell to discuss the latest on tariffs with China and the omnibus spending bill.

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