Club for Growth Opposes Trade-Killer Amendments


Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement regarding today’s Senate Finance Committee markup on trade legislation:


“While the Club for Growth supports Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in general, four amendments on today’s agenda are threats to free trade,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “The Portman/Stabenow currency amendment has been rightly called a protectionist ‘Poison Pill’ by the Wall Street Journal. It would incite a trade war that is antithetical to economic freedom. In addition, we oppose Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) three amendments to plus up Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which would only serve to feed more tax dollars into yet another government welfare program.”

The Club for Growth has a long history of opposing these attempts to short-circuit free trade, and has scored against them in the past. In 2007 the Club led an effort to fight protectionists with a petition to Congress signed by 1,028 economists.


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