The Club for Growth announced the new “Big Spender Wall” highlighting Members of Congress who support a federal discretionary spending deal that exceeds caps set in the 2011 Budget Control Act. This follows the release of the “Fiscal Conservative Wall of Fame” on May 10. Both the “Big Spender Wall” and the “Fiscal Conservative Wall of Fame” can be found at ClubForGrowth.org/HoldToTheCaps.
According to reports, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are working with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on a deal that is expected to exceed the 2011 caps and increase domestic non-defense spending. McConnell said a deal could be agreed upon as early as today.
“It’s long past time we restore fiscal sanity in Washington, and the Club for Growth’s Big Spender Wall will hold Members of Congress from both parties accountable for their broken promises and lack of fiscal responsibility,” said David McIntosh, President of Club for Growth. “Unfortunately, Congress, and even some self-proclaimed conservatives, are unable to do what families across America do every day, spend within our means.”
Even if congressional leadership agrees on a deal in principal, the rank and file will have to vote to pass the bill. The Club for Growth strongly opposes a deal to increase discretionary spending and will Key Vote against its passage.
As Members of Congress take public position on the spending caps and a spending deal, Club for Growth will update both walls accordingly.
Conservatives in the Senate and House have made public statements opposing any spending deal that would exceed the 2011 spending limits, including Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), and Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX). Roy also authored a letter signed by more than 40 Member of the House of Representatives asking Pelosi and McCarthy to hold to the 2011 spending caps, and he recorded a video with Club for Growth on his work to preserve the spending caps.
Advocates and activists who support holding to the 2011 caps have used the hashtag #HoldToTheCaps.