Rachael Slobodien - September 13th, 2017
By David McIntosh
As Republican majorities return to Congress this September, they face an existential threat entirely of their own making. Failure to repeal Obamacare and increased uncertainty about the fate of long-awaited tax reform have placed public approval for Congress in the tank . . .
. . . New polling of Republican voters conducted for the Club for Growth revealed that support for Congress among Republicans collapsed from a net positive of 24 points to a net of only eight points after the Senate’s failure on Obamacare. According to the polling, conducted by Fabrizio, Lee and Associates, Republicans risk cataclysmic losses in the midterm elections unless they correct course.
Nationally, one quarter of Republicans already say they will oppose Republicans who refused to support Obamacare repeal. Another fifth of Republican voters say they will support neither Republicans nor Democrats.
The situation becomes even bleaker if Republicans in Congress fail to pass tax reform. Nearly one in five will oppose members if they do not pass tax cuts. Another 25 percent of Republican voters will not support either party — meaning they will likely not vote at all. . .
These findings leave no room for confusion. They can be summed up succinctly in three words: Republicans will lose. If Congress does not repeal Obamacare and additionally fails to pass tax reform, 63 percent of GOP-leaning independents say they will vote for Democrats or stay home. Additionally, 68 percent of libertarian Republicans and 59 percent of Tea Partiers will either oppose Republicans who betrayed them on health-care and taxes or not vote at all. . .
Fortunately, Republicans . . . of all stripes appear determined to pass major tax legislation by year’s end. The Republican proposals for deep tax cuts for businesses, a competitive international tax structure, and elimination of the death tax are the best chances the country has to solidify sustained economic growth and middle-class job creation. Congressional Republicans have a president ready to sign tax reform legislation, and after thirty years of talking about pro-growth tax cuts, Congress should be ready to deliver.
Best of all, if and when Republicans pass tax and health care reform, they will also win on the electoral front.
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Trump’s message in Missouri — challenging Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill to vote for upcoming tax reform — is precisely what all Republicans should be doing. . .
Republicans can take one of two paths. More of the same will lead to overwhelming defeat in the 2018 midterms. The better path is to pass longstanding priorities like deregulation of the energy and health-care markets and major tax cuts.
Conservatives stand ready to help them secure these legislative victories. In so doing, not only will these policies lead to economic growth and a stronger America — they will show voters that Republicans can and will use their majorities to benefit the entire nation.
Club for Growth: Congress Must Offset Harvey Spending; Urges Separate Consideration of Debt Ceiling Increase
Rachael Slobodien - September 05th, 2017
“Opportunistic politicians are using this tragedy as a blank check to fund pet projects. They are exploiting victims to hand out pork — it’s despicable.”
Washington, DC – Today, Club for Growth President David McIntosh issued the following statement in response to press reports that the House of Representatives and the Senate this week will likely vote on a Harvey spending bill and a debt ceiling increase. The House is expected to vote on the Harvey relief bill as early as this Wednesday. The vote will be included in the Club for Growth’s 2017 Congressional Scorecard:
“The events last week in Houston were devastating, but even before the murky waters in Texas have fully receded, Congress is already up to its old shenanigans,” stated Club for Growth President David McIntosh.
“That’s because when special interests and lobbyists hear the magic words ‘emergency spending’ their eyes light up like a kid at Christmas-time. Instead of reserving emergency funds for those in greatest need of assistance, opportunistic politicians are using this tragedy as a blank check to fund pet projects all over the country. They are exploiting victims to hand out pork — it’s despicable.
“Club for Growth has long fought for offsetting emergency spending for natural disasters and will continue to do so. Disasters like Harvey may be unpredictable, but we know with 100 percent certainty that they will occur. Congress needs to stop using the ‘emergency’ label as an excuse for politicians to spend money without paying for it. All disaster relief should always be paid for. Period.”
With regard to the debt ceiling increase, David McIntosh noted, “The idea of coupling an increase in the debt ceiling with a Harvey spending bill is equally abhorrent. For months, Secretary Mnuchin advocated for a clean debt ceiling. That measure – increasing our nation’s spending ability without significant structural reforms – was reckless enough on its own. But now, with the Senate’s intention to add Harvey spending to a debt ceiling increase, even calling it a ‘clean’ increase is a misnomer; this action is dirtier than ever.”
Club for Growth Leads Coalition Urging President Trump to Stand Firm against Special Interest Pressure to Drop Ex-Im Pick
Rachael Slobodien - August 07th, 2017
“It is beyond audacious that the recipients of the Bank’s subsidies believe they can select the person to run the very agency that will hand the goodies out to them.”
Washington, DC –Today, Club for Growth sent a coalition letter to Senator Michael Crapo, Senate Chairman of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, to denounce special interests who seek to strongarm President Trump into dropping the appointment of Scott Garrett as the next president of the Export-Import Bank. Additionally, the conservative organizations announce opposition to any nomination (or slate of nominations) to Ex-Im’s board if Garrett’s nomination is not considered.
The letter can be read in its entirety below or can be viewed in pdf version by clicking this link.
Dear Chairman Crapo,
On behalf of the following organizations representing millions of Americans, we write to strongly denounce the special interest business groups that are urging the White House to drop the appointment of Scott Garrett as the next president of the Export-Import Bank.
It is beyond audacious that the recipients of the Bank’s subsidies believe that they, not the President, can select the person to run the very agency that will hand the goodies out to them. This is regulatory capture at its worst.
Cronyism and corruption have long plagued the Bank’s operations. When special interests publicly demand their spoils in such an egregious manner, it only further erodes the public’s confidence in their government.
President Trump has successfully appointed reformers to lead other agencies – like Scott Pruitt at the EPA and Betsy DeVos at the Department of Education. His appointment of Garrett is in keeping with his courageous reform agenda to “drain the swamp.” For special interest groups to dictate the terms of his appointments is precisely the wrong message to send to the American people.
As recently as 2015, the Bank had almost 800 fraud claims levied against it. There have been 85 indictments, 48 criminal judgements, and 66 years of prison sentences brought to bear because of the Bank’s activities. Letting special interests continue to control the Bank’s leadership and operations will only extend this disastrously corrupt track record.
We’re extremely hopeful that President Trump will ignore the special interests that are so desperate for their Export-Import Bank gravy train to continue. To that end, our groups and the people we represent, will vocally oppose any nomination (or slate of nominations) to Ex-Im’s board if Garrett’s nomination is not considered.
David McIntosh, President
Club for Growth
Michael A. Needham, Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America
Jason Pye, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Rick Manning, President
Americans for Limited Government
Phil Kerpen, President
David Williams, President
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Colin A. Hanna, President
Let Freedom Ring USA
Daniel Schneider, Executive Director
American Conservative Union
Tony Perkins, President
Family Research Council
Club for Growth PAC Endorses Chris Herrod (UT-03); Club for Growth Action Launches Ad Exposing John Curtis’ Tax-Hiking Record
Rachael Slobodien - August 04th, 2017
“Chris Herrod is a tried and true fiscal conservative with a proven record.”
Washington, DC – Today, the Club for Growth PAC announced its endorsement of Chris Herrod, former Utah State Representative, for the special election to fill the UT-03 House seat, formerly held by Jason Chaffetz. Club for Growth Action also unveiled a new TV and digital ad, entitled “Halloween,” which exposes John Curtis’ consistent support for tax increases and Tanner Ainge’s intent to be “bipartisan” and work with the likes of Nancy Pelosi.
“Chris Herrod is a tried and true fiscal conservative with a proven record,” stated Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh.
“Unlike others in this race, Chris’ words match his impeccable, pro-growth record, and Utahns can count on Chris to fight for them.
“While some so-called Republicans in this primary only now support lowering taxes, Chris has fought for the Utah taxpayer for decades. In his time serving the state of Utah, Chris earned some of the most impressive distinctions for his work protecting Utah taxpayers.
“When casting a vote for Chris Herrod, Utahns know exactly what they’re getting—a principled, economic conservative dedicated to protecting taxpayers instead of lobbyists and special interests.”
Club for Growth Action’s new ad can be viewed here and will begin airing August 7 on broadcast and cable networks across Utah’s 3rd district.
Rachael Slobodien - July 27th, 2017
Washington, DC – Club for Growth Vice President Andy Roth offered the following statement in response to the news that a Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) would not be included in the tax reform principles the White House and GOP Congressional leaders unveiled today. Club for Growth played an instrumental role in influencing the BAT debate and ensuring its ultimate demise. Earlier this year, Club for Growth spent nearly $700,000 on ad buys urging Republican Members of Congress to oppose the BAT. Links to these ads are included at the bottom of this release.
Club for Growth Vice President Andy Roth remarked:
“Today is a great day for the American taxpayer. From the get-go, Club for Growth led efforts to inform the public of the harmful economic impacts a BAT would cause.
“Talk of a BAT had quieted as Congress began realizing – in part because of the attention Club for Growth brought to the issue – the harm a BAT would wreak on our nation’s economy and the pocketbooks of hardworking Americans. But until today’s announcement, the BAT was lurking in the shadows ready to rear its ugly head.
“As Club for Growth President David McIntosh remarked earlier this summer, ‘we should kill the BAT, bury it, and give it a funeral.’ Well, we’re pleased today to do exactly that. In fact, we’ll lead the procession.
“Now that the BAT is dead and buried, we look forward to working with congressional leaders and the White House to push for pro-growth tax reform. The Club strongly supports lower tax rates for individuals and businesses, lower taxes on capital, and a simplified tax code that supercharges the economy.”
The ads ran in the following districts and can be viewed by clicking the links below.