Free Trade

CFG President David McIntosh talks Tariffs and Tax Reform on CNBC’s Power Hour

Rachael Slobodien - July 24th, 2018

Club for Growth President David McIntosh appeared on CNBC’s Power Hour to discuss the negative impact tariffs have had on the economy and the dangers of President Trump continuing a trade war with China. He also discussed his excitement about some upcoming provisions in Tax Reform 2.0 that will provide for sustained and improved economic growth.

Key Vote Alert – “YES” on Corker-Toomey Motion to Instruct on Minibus (HR 5895)

Andrew Roth - July 11th, 2018

KEY VOTE ALERT

“YES” on Corker-Toomey Motion to Instruct on Minibus (HR 5895)

The Club for Growth supports the Corker-Toomey tariff bill (S. 3013) and will be key voting the motion to instruct related to the bill as part of consideration of the Minibus bill that is before the Senate (HR 5895). A vote is expected this afternoon. The vote will be included in the Club’s 2018 congressional scorecard.

The Club for Growth previously scored the sponsorship of the Corker-Toomey bill and now the Club is scoring this motion to instruct. As the trade war with China and other countries heats up, it’s imperative that Congress reclaim its authority by supporting this motion. It would require congressional approval of all tariffs designated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. As we have said before, when an administration is given too much latitude to determine what is a “national security threat”, it is inevitable that overreach will occur. We are seeing that today. Even if Senators philosophically support tariffs, they must support this motion if they believe in the Constitution’s separation of powers.

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 – Sponsorship of Corker-Toomey Tariff Bill (S. 3013)

Andrew Roth - July 06th, 2018

KEY VOTE ALERT

Sponsorship of Corker-Toomey Tariff Bill (S. 3013)

The Club for Growth supports the Corker-Toomey tariff bill (S. 3013) and will be key voting the sponsorship of the bill. While a vote on the proposal hasn’t been scheduled, the Club urges all Senators to sponsor it and vote YES if it is brought to the floor for consideration. Sponsorship of the bill will be included in the Club’s 2018 congressional scorecard.

The Corker-Toomey bill requires congressional approval of all tariffs designated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Conservatives and liberals should support this policy because it helps reclaim Congress’s authority on this issue. When an administration is given too much latitude to determine what is a “national security threat”, it is inevitable that overreach will occur. With a trade war ratcheting up today, it is imperative to make it more difficult to raise anti-growth tariffs that will only prolong the war and stall the economy.

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: 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.