Key Vote Alert – “No” on SGR Replacement Bill (HR ___)

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KEY VOTE ALERT

“No” on SGR Replacement Bill (HR ___)

The Club for Growth urges all members of Congress to vote “NO” on the SGR Replacement Bill (HR ___) that was recently introduced in the House without being fully offset.  A vote on this bill which could include partial offset language yet to be released is expected sometime next week.  This vote will be included in the Club’s 2015 Congressional Scorecard.

For the past decade and a half, Congress has routinely passed “doc fix” bills that increased reimbursements to health care providers in the face of scheduled cuts.  These fixes papered over the well-intended Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula that tried to tamp down health care costs, but was extremely flawed.  In any legislation replacing the SGR formula, the Club’s top concern is that it is fully paid for with sensible reforms. Unfortunately, this bill falls woefully short of that goal.  News reports state that the 10-year cost of the new bill is $200 billion, of which only $70 billion will be offset.  Part of this huge price tag is a 2-year extension of CHIP, a program that should be terminated.  Worse, a cost estimate by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget suggests this bill will add $400 billion to the national debt over 20 years.  All of this, of course, assumes that Congress will abide by the $70 billion offset.  But we consider it far from certain that they will.

If an official cost estimate comes out that shows this bill is fully offset by real spending cuts or reforms, the Club will remove its objections to the plan.

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

144

Vote Date

April 14, 2015

Vote Counts

YEAs:

88

NAYs:

8

Not Voting:

0

Name

State

Party

Vote Position

Lamar Alexander

TN

R

Y

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

Cory Booker

NJ

D

Y

Barbara Boxer

CA

D

Y

Sherrod Brown

OH

D

Y

Richard Burr

NC

R

Y

Maria Cantwell

WA

D

Y

Shelley Capito

WV

R

Y

Benjamin Cardin

MD

D

Y

Thomas Carper

DE

D

Y

Robert Casey

PA

D

Y

Bill Cassidy

LA

R

Y

Daniel Coats

IN

R

Y

Thad Cochran

MS

R

Y

Susan Collins

ME

R

Y

Christopher Coons

DE

D

Y

Bob Corker

TN

R

Y

John Cornyn

TX

R

Y

Tom Cotton

AR

R

Y

Mike Crapo

ID

R

Y

Ted Cruz

TX

R

N

Steve Daines

MT

R

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

Y

Al Franken

MN

D

Y

Cory Gardner

CO

R

Y

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

Y

Mazie Hirono

HI

D

Y

John Hoeven

ND

R

Y

James Inhofe

OK

R

Y

Johnny Isakson

GA

R

Y

Ron Johnson

WI

R

Y

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

Y

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

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

N

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

N

Jeff Sessions

AL

R

N

Jeanne Shaheen

NH

D

Y

Richard Shelby

AL

R

N

Debbie Stabenow

MI

D

Y

Dan Sullivan

AK

R

Y

Jon Tester

MT

D

Y

John Thune

SD

R

Y

Thom Tillis

NC

R

Y

Pat Toomey

PA

R

Y

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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