Government Spending

Conservatives to Ryan & McConnell: No Obamacare Bailout

Doug Sachtleben - November 24th, 2015

Today, conservative leaders, including Club for Growth President David McIntosh, sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging them to continue the policy contained in recent appropriations bills restricting the use of Obamacare’s “Risk Corridor” program:

 

November 24, 2015

 

Speaker Paul Ryan
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
S-230, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20510

 
Dear Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell,

 

As you begin negotiations over legislation to continue government funding past December 11, 2015, we the undersigned individuals and organizations urge you to continue the policy contained in recent appropriations bills restricting the use of Obamacare’s “Risk Corridor” program.

 

Many of us signed on to a letter last year1 describing the Risk Corridor program (Sec. 1342 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare”) in detail and outlining why we believed it was important to restrict its ability to serve as a “taxpayer bailout” for Obamacare-participating insurance companies. Fortunately, Congress was able to insert such language into the last omnibus appropriations act (specifically Division G, Title II, Sec. 227 of P.L. 113-235)2.

 

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Club for Growth, Heritage Action Oppose Debt and Budget Deal

Doug Sachtleben - October 27th, 2015

Washington – Late Monday night, the House Rules Committee released text of a massive deal that would  increase the debt ceiling by at least $1.5 trillion and increase spending by at least $80 billion over the next two years in exchange for promises of spending reductions in the last few years of the ten-year budget window. The zombie budget deal will also include a number of other provisions of concern. Club for Growth President David McIntosh and Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham issued a joint statement:

 

“This budget and debt deal is being brokered by a lame duck speaker and a lame duck president.  It represents the very worst of Washington – a last minute deal that increases spending and debt under the auspices of fiscal responsibility. If this deal moves forward, it will undermine efforts to unite the party by those promising to advance serious policy reforms.

 

“The House should work to empower a new speaker to preserve the spending caps and fight for serious reforms contained in the budget.  Heritage Action and the Club for Growth call on Chairman Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise to stop this zombie budget deal.”

 

The Club for Growth is the nation’s leading group promoting economic freedom through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, and education.

Key Vote Alert – “NO” on TAA Reauthorization (HR 1314)

Andrew Roth - June 12th, 2015

KEY VOTE ALERT

“NO” on TAA Reauthorization (HR 1314)

The Club for Growth urges all House members to vote “NO” on the bill that reauthorizes Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).  A vote on this is expected today as part of the debate on the Trade Act of 2015 (HR 1314).  This vote will be included in the Club for Growth’s 2015 Congressional Scorecard.

TAA is a wasteful welfare program that even some supporters have recognized as ineffective.  It selectively rewards workers who lose their jobs due to trade (a determination that is itself subjective and tenuous) and discriminates against those who lose their job from market forces unrelated to trade.  This makes it a political special interest giveaway.  Worst of all, an analysis commissioned by the Labor Department found that the net benefit to society of TAA was a negative $53,802 per participant.  Any House member committed to rooting out waste in the federal government should vote “NO” on this proposal.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 114th 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 – “NO” on Adding Ex-Im to the Defense Bill (HR 1735)

Andrew Roth - June 04th, 2015

KEY VOTE ALERT

“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.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 114th 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 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.”