Government Spending

Club for Growth Applauds Choice of Mulvaney to Head OMB

Doug Sachtleben - December 17th, 2016

“Mick Mulvaney is a leader among economic conservatives, and his selection is a major victory for taxpayers.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC-05) to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget:

“The days of the White House producing massive, ridiculous budgets that are dead on arrival on Capitol Hill are over,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “Mick Mulvaney is a leader among economic conservatives, and the Trump Administration’s selection is a major victory for taxpayers and for all who want to see the downsizing of the federal government. Since he was first elected in 2010, Mick Mulvaney has never scored less than 93% on the Club for Growth’s annual scorecard, and he has a lifetime average of 96. He has walked the walk of economic conservatism, and will bring that same steadfastness to the White House.”

Export Import Bank

Doug Sachtleben - November 30th, 2016

The Export-Import Bank is a federal agency that uses billions of tax dollars to back foreign business deals for a small handful of large companies. It is a classic Washington example of picking winners and losers. Some U.S. companies are supported by taxpayers, but most are not.

Congressional authorization for Ex-Im lapsed in 2015, and the agency was only reauthorized after some legislative gamesmanship that slipped it into an unrelated transportation funding bill. However, Ex-Im has been unable to approve new deals in excess of $10 million because its board lacks a quorum.

Now, the Obama Administration wants to change the rules to make a quorum unnecessary. To accomplish this last-minute end-around, the president would need the complicity of Congressional Republicans who would slip the rule change in their next massive federal spending bill.

It would be good for Republicans to remember that the American people elected a new president who said Ex-Im, is ‘really not free enterprise,’ calling it, ‘…a one-way street… feather bedding for politicians… and a few companies… that can do very well without it.’

The Export-Import Bank is exactly the kind of bureaucratic swamp that the American people want drained. They don’t want their tax dollars going to a corrupt federal agency that doles out Washington cronyism to a favored few who get an advantage over the vast majority of American businesses that export.

Congressional Republicans need to stand with taxpayers and firmly oppose Obama’s effort. The Export-Import Bank needs to go away, and not be given an expanded opportunity to continue its corruption.

Club for Growth Opposes Obama’s Last Ditch End-Around for Export-Import Bank

Doug Sachtleben - November 29th, 2016

“The Export-Import Bank is exactly the kind of bureaucratic swamp that the American people want drained.”

 

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to reports that the Obama administration wants Congressional Republicans to change the rules for how the Export-Import Bank operates:

 

“The Export-Import Bank is exactly the kind of bureaucratic swamp that the American people want drained,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “In electing Donald Trump, they voted for a candidate who said Ex-Im, is ‘really not free enterprise,’ calling it, ‘…a one-way street… feather bedding for politicians… and a few companies… that can do very well without it.’

 

“Yet now, President Obama wants to make a last-minute rule change to give a handful of Ex-Im bureaucrats the power to approve taxpayer-backed loans for foreign deals that exceed $10 million. Congressional Republicans need to stand with taxpayers and firmly oppose Obama’s effort. The Export-Import Bank is unnecessary government cronyism that needs to go away, and not be given an expanded opportunity to continue its corruption.”

 

David On WSJ Opinion Journal Re: Earmarks

Stacy French - November 16th, 2016

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Club for Growth Says “No” to Republican Effort to Restore Earmarks

Doug Sachtleben - November 15th, 2016

“Voters believed that Republicans would ‘drain the swamp,’ not redirect it for their own benefit.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to reports that a group of House Republicans wants a secret vote to end the ban on congressional earmarks:

“This is a test of whether Republicans are listening to the American people,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “It’s been barely a week since voters sent a resounding rejection of Washington insider politics, and yet House Republicans are already on the verge of proving they’re tone deaf. Earmarks represent the worst of inside-the-beltway gamesmanship, by enticing Members to vote for big-government bills with the lure of getting tax dollars for big projects back in their districts. House Republicans banned earmarks in 2011, but some have been trying to get back their spending power ever since. Voters believed that Republicans would ‘drain the swamp,’ not redirect it for their own benefit. Any effort to restore this kind of cronyism should be flatly rejected.”

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