Government Spending

Key Vote Alert – Scoring the Farm Bill + Amendments

Andrew Roth - May 17th, 2018


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 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.”



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.″ target=”_blank”>

Do You Remember When Markwayne Mullin Promised to Protect Taxpayers? He doesn’t.

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

TV: 15


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.


Club for Growth Key Vote Alert: “NO” on Schumer-McConnell Budget Deal

Rachael Slobodien - February 07th, 2018

Washington, DC – Today, Club for Growth issued the following vote alert in advance of an upcoming vote on the Schumer-McConnell budget deal:

“The Club for Growth opposes the Schumer-McConnell budget deal and urges all members of Congress to vote NO on it. A vote is expected soon in both chambers. The vote will be included in the Club’s 2018 congressional scorecard.

In 2011, when Congress passed The Budget Control Act (BCA), Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell praised the deal, proclaiming that the “big government freight train” was slowing down. Well, now that the BCA spending caps are busted under this deal yet again, it’s clear that McConnell and the GOP establishment want to speed up the big government freight train with the help of big spending liberals on the other side of the aisle.

“As if that’s not bad enough, this deal also includes $80+ billion in so-called disaster relief spending, cronyist tax extenders, an expansion of farm subsidies, and another suspension in the debt ceiling, conveniently timed to expire after the mid-term elections. Nowhere in this deal are the $54 billion in spending cuts outlined in President Trump’s budget. Instead, the big government freight train is running out of control.