Key Vote Alert – “NO” on Customs Bill (HR 644)

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KEY VOTE ALERT

“NO” on Customs Bill (HR 644)

The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote “NO” on final passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (HR 644).  A vote is expected tomorrow at 12 noon EDT.  This vote will be included in the Club for Growth’s 2015 Congressional Scorecard.

Our largest objection to this bill is the currency language that was added during the committee markup conducted earlier this year.  This new language would designate currency manipulation as a prohibited export subsidy, and thus, allow the government to take remedial action against the foreign country in question.

This is nothing but naked protectionism that is anti-growth.  It would incite a nasty trade war that no country would win and that could inflict significant harm on the American economy.

Separately, the Club is generally supportive of the policies in the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, but the vote will likely not be included in the Club’s scorecard.  Likewise, the Club will not score the motion to proceed to H.R. 1314, but we will consider amendments to that bill as they are debated.  Specifically, if there is an amendment to strike TAA from the bill, we will score in favor of that.

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.

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Vote Results

Club Position

No

Required for Majority

1/2

Vote Results

Bill Passed

Vote Number

179

Vote Date

May 14, 2015

Vote Counts

YEAs:

78

NAYs:

21

Not Voting:

2

Name

State

Party

Vote Position

Lamar Alexander

TN

R

N

Kelly Ayotte

NH

R

Y

Tammy Baldwin

WI

D

Y

John Barrasso

WY

R

Y

Michael Bennet

CO

D

Y

Richard Blumenthal

CT

D

Y

Roy Blunt

MO

R

Y

Cory Booker

NJ

D

Y

John Boozman

AR

R

Y

Barbara Boxer

CA

D

Y

Sherrod Brown

OH

D

Y

Richard Burr

NC

R

Y

Maria Cantwell

WA

D

Y

Shelley Moore Capito

WV

R

Y

Benjamin Cardin

MD

D

Y

Thomas Carper

DE

D

Y

Bob Casey

PA

D

Y

Bill Cassidy

LA

R

A

Daniel Coats

IN

R

N

Thad Cochran

MS

R

Y

Susan Collins

ME

R

Y

Christopher Coons

DE

D

Y

Bob Corker

TN

R

N

John Cornyn

TX

R

N

Tom Cotton

AR

R

N

Mike Crapo

ID

R

Y

Ted Cruz

TX

R

N

Steve Daines

MT

R

N

Steve Daines

MT

R

N

Joe Donnelly

IN

D

Y

Richard Durbin

IL

D

Y

Michael Enzi

WY

R

Y

Joni Ernst

IA

R

Y

Dianne Feinstein

CA

D

Y

Deb Fischer

NE

R

Y

Jeff Flake

AZ

R

N

Al Franken

MN

D

Y

Cory Gardner

CO

R

N

Kirsten Gillibrand

NY

D

Y

Lindsey Graham

SC

R

Y

Chuck Grassley

IA

R

Y

Orrin Hatch

UT

R

Y

Martin Heinrich

NM

D

Y

Heidi Heitkamp

ND

D

Y

Dean Heller

NV

R

N

Mazie Hirono

HI

D

Y

John Hoeven

ND

R

Y

James Inhofe

OK

R

N

Johnny Isakson

GA

R

Y

Ron Johnson

WI

R

N

Tim Kaine

VA

D

Y

Angus King

ME

I

Y

Mark Kirk

IL

R

Y

Amy Klobuchar

MN

D

Y

James Lankford

OK

R

Y

Patrick Leahy

VT

D

Y

Mike Lee

UT

R

N

Joe Manchin

WV

D

Y

Edward Markey

MA

D

Y

John McCain

AZ

R

N

Claire McCaskill

MO

D

Y

Mitch McConnell

KY

R

Y

Robert Menendez

NJ

D

Y

Jeff Merkley

OR

D

Y

Barbara Mikulski

MD

D

Y

Jerry Moran

KS

R

N

Lisa Murkowski

AK

R

Y

Christopher Murphy

CT

D

Y

Patty Murray

WA

D

Y

Bill Nelson

FL

D

Y

Rand Paul

KY

R

Y

David Perdue

GA

R

Y

Gary Peters

MI

D

Y

Rob Portman

OH

R

Y

Jack Reed

RI

D

Y

Harry Reid

NV

D

Y

Jim Risch

ID

R

Y

Pat Roberts

KS

R

Y

Mike Rounds

SD

R

Y

Marco Rubio

FL

R

N

Bernie Sanders

VT

I

Y

Ben Sasse

NE

R

N

Brian Schatz

HI

D

Y

Chuck Schumer

NY

D

Y

Tim Scott

SC

R

Y

Jeff Sessions

AL

R

Y

Jeanne Shaheen

NH

D

Y

Richard Shelby

AL

R

N

Debbie Stabenow

MI

D

Y

Dan Sullivan

AK

R

A

Jon Tester

MT

D

Y

John Thune

SD

R

Y

Thom Tillis

NC

R

N

Pat Toomey

PA

R

N

Tom Udall

NM

D

Y

David Vitter

LA

R

Y

Mark Warner

VA

D

Y

Elizabeth Warren

MA

D

Y

Sheldon Whitehouse

RI

D

Y

Roger Wicker

MS

R

Y

Ron Wyden

OR

D

Y

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