Government Spending

Key Vote Alert – “NO” on Adding Ex-Im to the Defense Bill (HR 1735)

Mr. Andrew Roth - June 04th, 2015


“NO” on Adding Ex-Im to the Defense Bill (HR 1735)

The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote “NO” on any amendment to the National Defense Reauthorization Act (HR 1735) that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.  This includes all procedural votes.  If such an amendment passes, the Club for Growth will score against the underlying bill.  This could also include procedural votes that help advance the bill.  These votes will be included in the Club for Growth’s 2015 Congressional Scorecard.

The Export-Import Bank is nothing more than a slush fund for corporate welfare.  It’s also riddled with corruption and graft.  Senators committed to fiscal conservatism and limited government should use all procedural tactics to block consideration of any amendment that reauthorizes the Bank.  Failing that, they should oppose the amendment, and if need be, the underlying bill.

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Club for Growth Applauds Boehner And House Republicans On Earmark Ban

Barney Keller - November 14th, 2014

Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Earmarks of any kind are simply a gateway drug to more spending, which is something that Speaker Boehner has long recognized.”

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth today released the following statement on news that House Republicans, along with Speaker John Boehner, voted to keep an earmark ban in place:

“Earmarks of any kind are simply a gateway drug to more spending, which is something that Speaker Boehner has long recognized,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Some members of Congress want earmarks to come back so that they can use them to bribe other Republicans into voting for bills that increase the size and scope of government. Fortunately, Speaker Boehner recognizes this, and the House Republicans smartly repudiated this foolish proposal.”

Should Taxpayers Pay for Rabbit Massages?

Mr. Andrew Roth - October 23rd, 2014

Senator Coburn releases Wastebook 2014: What Washington doesn’t want you to read.

Barney Keller - October 22nd, 2014

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), long a champion of limited government and fiscal responsibility, has released his annual “Wastebook” (his last one, unfortunately, as Dr. Coburn is retiring this year) on government waste. Per Senator Coburn’s office, some examples include:

  • Coast guard party patrols – $100,000
  • Watching grass grow – $10,000
  • State department tweets @ terrorists – $3 million
  • Swedish massages for rabbits – $387,000
  • Paid vacations for bureaucrats gone wild – $20 million
  • Mountain lions on a treadmill – $856,000
  • Synchronized swimming for sea monkeys – $50,000
  • Pentagon to destroy $16 billion in unused ammunition — $1 billion
  • Scientists hope monkey gambling unlocks secrets of free will –$171,000
  • Rich and famous rent out their luxury pads tax free – $10 million
  • Studying “hangry” spouses stabbing voodoo dolls – $331,000
  • Promoting U.S. culture around the globe with nose flutists – $90 million

Click here to read the whole thing.

More on Ebola…

Mr. Andrew Roth - October 22nd, 2014

In a follow-up from the last blog post, here’s this news item about what the private sector is doing about Ebola.

Johnson & Johnson will begin safety testing in early January on a vaccine combination that could protect people from a strain of the deadly Ebola virus.

The health care products maker said Wednesday that the vaccine being developed by its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies protects against an Ebola strain that is “highly similar” to the virus that has triggered the current outbreak in West Africa. Johnson & Johnson also plans to test whether its vaccine protects against the version causing the outbreak, which has killed more than 4,500 people.

The New Brunswick, New Jersey, company has committed up to $200 million to speed up and expand production of the vaccine program.