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Club for Growth Applauds Trump’s Statements Praising Kudlow for NEC Chair

Rachael Slobodien - March 13th, 2018

Today, Club for Growth President David McIntosh issued the following statement in response to news reports that President Trump is “very strongly” looking at nominating Larry Kudlow to serve as the Chairman of the National Economic Council at the White House:

“Larry Kudlow would be a tremendous pick to lead the President’s National Economic Council,” stated Club for Growth President David McIntosh.  “Club for Growth praises President Trump for his ability to attract top talent to join his staff; Larry Kudlow is only the most recent example of this.  At his core, Larry is a free-market, pro-growth advocate, and he would be a valuable asset and adviser to President Trump.  It would be a masterful appointment if the President gives Larry the nod.”


Club for Growth Warns against Steel and Aluminum Tariffs and Taxes

Rachael Slobodien - March 05th, 2018

Today, Club for Growth President David McIntosh issued the following statement in response to discussions about steel and aluminum tariffs:

“The idea of imposing steel or aluminum tariffs of any kind is an affront to economic freedom,” stated Club for Growth President David McIntosh.  “First and foremost, it’s bad for the American worker.  For every steel worker job that might be saved because of a tariff, our country will lose even more American jobs in auto plants, construction, and so many other industries.

“Tariffs will also harm the pro-growth effects of the tax cuts, stall the economy, incite a trade war, and help hand the election to the Democrats.

“We urge the Trump Administration not to impose tariffs that could threaten to undo the historical economic growth the tax cuts and the President’s deregulatory agenda have unleashed.”



Club for Growth Praises Russ Vought’s Confirmation at OMB

Rachael Slobodien - February 28th, 2018

Today, Club for Growth President David McIntosh offered the following statement upon the Senate confirming Russ Vought to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget at the White House:

“Today Club for Growth is proud to congratulate Russ Vought on his confirmation to be the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.  Russ is not only a great American, he’s a principled economic conservative.  There’s no one better equipped to help lead this important White House office.

“It’s unfortunate that a single Senator held Russ’ confirmation vote for nearly a year.   Nonetheless, Club for Growth couldn’t be more pleased with Mick Mulvaney’s pick for the number two slot at OMB.  With Mulvaney and Vought at OMB’s helm, our country’s fiscal future looks much brighter.”

It’s Time for Corker to Endorse Blackburn

Rachael Slobodien - February 27th, 2018

Today, upon Senator Bob Corker’s recent announcement that he will not reenter the race for Senate, Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh offered the following statement encouraging Senator Corker to endorse Congressman Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate:


“We applaud Senator Corker for deciding not to reenter the race.  If Senator Corker was reassessing this race because he was worried about the Democrat winning, then we urge him to immediately endorse Marsha so that the party can unify behind one candidate.  There is no easier way to make sure that this seat stays in Republican hands than to avoid a bloody primary.


“Marsha has demonstrated immense strength as a candidate, so it’s time for Corker to stand in solidarity behind Blackburn.”



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Club for Growth Announces Annual Congressional Scorecard

Rachael Slobodien - February 22nd, 2018

Washington, DC – Today, Club for Growth announced its publication of the 2017 Club for Growth Foundation’s Congressional Scorecard, which ranks the voting behavior of Members of Congress based on issues relating to limited government and economic growth.


To view the Club for Growth Foundation’s 2017 Congressional Scorecard, click here. To view all prior Club for Growth Scorecards, click here.


“The first year of the Trump’s presidency was a good one for economic freedom,” stated Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “Between the efforts to roll back regulations and the historic pro-growth tax reform, Club for Growth saw an increase in the number of members earning the distinction of a ‘Defender of Economic Freedom.’”


Based on the scorecard, twenty-nine Members of Congress and seven Senators will receive the Club for Growth’s Defender of Economic Freedom Award for 2017. Starting in 2011, Club for Growth required Representatives and Senators to not only score 90% or better on votes cast in a year, but to also maintain a lifetime rating of at least 90%.


Starting in 2018, Club for Growth will also begin to monitor the voting records of Members of Congress who were previously elected with the support of the Club for Growth PAC. Beginning with the 2018 Scorecard, any member who earns a score between 70-79% will be placed on a “Watch List.” Any member earning 69% or below will be placed on a “Warning List.” The purpose of this is to alert members of the Club for Growth that the lawmakers are deviating from their support for economic freedom.


Highlights from the Club for Growth Foundation’s 2017 Congressional Scorecard


Three United States Senators received a perfect score in 2017. The three Senators with a 100% score were: Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and James Lankford (R-OK). Of those, two had a lifetime ranking of 90% or better: Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Pat Toomey (R-PA).


In addition, Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Tim Scott (R-SC) had 2017 scores high enough to qualify for the Defender of Economic Freedom award.


Twenty-nine House members who received scores of 90% or better in 2017 also had lifetime scores of 90% or better to qualify for the Defender of Economic Freedom award.


Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05) was the lone House member to receive a 100% rating in 2017.


Four Senate Democrats and one Independent and 62 House Democrats scored zero in 2017.


For the third consecutive year, the lowest ranked Republican Senator was Susan Collins (ME) at 42%, and the lowest ranked Republican House member was Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21) at 24%.


Republican leadership scores in 2017 were:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) – 81%

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (TX) – 81%

Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (SD) – 81%

Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso (WY) – 87%

House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) – N/A

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) – 64%

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01) –81%

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) – 76%


The 2017 Congressional Scorecard was produced by the Club for Growth Foundation, an entity related to the Club for Growth. The Scorecard is based on 23 votes taken in the House of Representatives and 19 votes taken in the Senate.