Key Vote Alert – NO on the 2020 Christmas Wish List

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“NO” on The 2020 Christmas Wish-List

Club for Growth opposes COVID Relief package and Omnibus appropriations bill agreed upon yesterday by the four leaders of the House and Senate and urges all Representatives and Senators to vote no on the legislation. If the agreement is divided into two votes, Club for Growth will key vote NO on BOTH votes. The legislative package will be considered soon in the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate. The result of the vote (or votes) will be included in the Club for Growth Foundation’s 2020 Congressional Scorecard.

This legislation is another example of Congress taking advantage of legislating by crisis and taking short-cuts in the legislative process in order to pass a bill that has not been reviewed by the American people, nor many Members. Although an agreement by Congressional leadership has been announced, there is not currently legislative text for Members of Congress and the public to review. This legislation is expected to only be available for a few hours before it will be voted on.

According to a summary document released by Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer, this bipartisan deal will spend around $900 billion on a myriad of issues including climate change reforms, rental assistances, the low-income housing tax credit, a tax credit for paid sick leave, increased food stamp benefits, a renewal and extension of unemployment benefits, education, an expansion of Pell Grants, internet access, global health money, money for vaccines, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and stimulus checks. Stimulus spending is never good for economic growth. Although the Senate Majority Leader has called on both parties to “pass everything that we can agree to” many of these issues have not received broad support within the Senate Majority or House Minority. Perhaps this is why the Senate Majority and House Minority have not yet released a similar summary document touting the so-called “wins” they extracted in the negotiations.

The deal provides for $82 billion for colleges and schools. Education bureaucrats should not be rewarded with billions of dollars when many schools are not offering in-person educational opportunities. Instead, the money should be directed to families and students to ensure all K-12 students have access to high-quality education.

Club for Growth also opposes a federal extension of unemployment benefits. Instead, Congress should prioritize funding for the distribution of a vaccine so that a more normal life may more quickly return to the world.

For highly distressed businesses, the Paycheck Protection Program has served as a lifeline. But millions of jobs and businesses have been lost to the COVID pandemic. For those businesses and job creators, this legislation does nothing to incentivize new business formation.

Over the past 9 months, the House Majority has too often politicized the coronavirus pandemic in order to enact its political agenda in elections. Speaker Pelosi’s willingness to cut a smaller deal now than the previous $3 trillion wish-list she demanded earlier this summer is evidence that Democrats intend to continue to push for trillions in stimulus spending that will bankrupt the economy in 2021.

The legislative package will also include an Omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the discretionary appropriations elements of the federal government through September 30, 2021. Again, the legislative text for this huge pillar of the bipartisan deal is not available at the time this key vote alert was published. Members of Congress and the American people should have the ability to scrutinize this legislation and determine which special interests are being funded, whether there are any Congressional earmarks included, and what other anomalies are tucked into the pages of a thousand-page bill. If history is any evidence to that question, the answer will certainly be yes.

The Federal Government is way too big and intrusive. And 2020, punctuated by this spending bill, has watched the Congress incur more deficit spending that ever before. Prior to COVID, revenue was at a record level, but while some revenues slowed due to lockdowns enforced by States and local governments bureaucrats, the American people have suffered.  Purposeful in their agenda, liberals have attempted to turn America into chaos. Christmas is no time to reward such nasty behavior.

But there is a way forward. The American people are resilient and our economy is built on the willingness to engage in business activity, take risks, and invoke the entrepreneurial spirit of the job creator. As many businesses are taking steps to adjust to the circumstances facing their business due to the pandemic, government needs to remove tax and regulatory burdens that are preventing people from conducting business. Because this bill does none of that, President Trump should veto it.

Club for Growth Foundation’s Congressional Scorecard for the 116th 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 the public.

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Vote Results

Club Position

No

Required for Majority

1/2

Vote Results

Passed

Vote Number

251

Vote Date

December 21, 2020

Vote Counts

YEAs:

359

NAYs:

53

Not Voting:

17

Name

State

Party

Vote Position

Don Young

AK

R

Y

Robert Aderholt

AL

R

Y

Mo Brooks

AL

R

N

Bradley Byrne

AL

R

Y

Gary Palmer

AL

R

Y

Martha Roby

AL

R

Y

Mike Rogers

AL

R

A

Terri Sewell

AL

D

Y

Rick Crawford

AR

R

Y

French Hill

AR

R

Y

Bruce Westerman

AR

R

Y

Steve Womack

AR

R

Y

Andy Biggs

AZ

R

N

Ruben Gallego

AZ

D

Y

Paul Gosar

AZ

R

N

Raul Grijalva

AZ

D

Y

Ann Kirkpatrick

AZ

D

Y

Debbie Lesko

AZ

R

Y

Tom O'Halleran

AZ

D

Y

David Schweikert

AZ

R

N

Greg Stanton

AZ

D

Y

Pete Aguilar

CA

D

Y

Nanette Barragan

CA

D

Y

Karen Bass

CA

D

Y

Ami Bera

CA

D

Y

Julia Brownley

CA

D

Y

Ken Calvert

CA

R

Y

Salud Carbajal

CA

D

Y

Tony Cardenas

CA

D

Y

Judy Chu

CA

D

Y

Gil Cisneros

CA

D

Y

Luis Correa

CA

D

Y

Jim Costa

CA

D

Y

TJ Cox

CA

D

Y

Susan Davis

CA

D

Y

Mark DeSaulnier

CA

D

Y

Anna Eshoo

CA

D

Y

John Garamendi

CA

D

Y

Mike Garcia

CA

R

Y

Jimmy Gomez

CA

D

Y

Josh Harder

CA

D

Y

Jared Huffman

CA

D

Y

Ro Khanna

CA

D

Y

Doug LaMalfa

CA

R

Y

Barbara Lee

CA

D

Y

Mike Levin

CA

D

Y

Ted Lieu

CA

D

Y

Zoe Lofgren

CA

D

Y

Alan Lowenthal

CA

D

Y

Doris Matsui

CA

D

Y

Kevin McCarthy

CA

R

Y

Tom McClintock

CA

R

N

Jerry McNerney

CA

D

Y

Grace Napolitano

CA

D

Y

Devin Nunes

CA

R

Y

Jimmy Panetta

CA

D

Y

Scott Peters

CA

D

Y

Katie Porter

CA

D

Y

Harley Rouda

CA

D

Y

Lucille Roybal Allard

CA

D

Y

Raul Ruiz

CA

D

Y

Linda Sanchez

CA

D

Y

Adam Schiff

CA

D

Y

Brad Sherman

CA

D

Y

Jackie Speier

CA

D

Y

Eric Swalwell

CA

D

Y

Mark Takano

CA

D

Y

Mike Thompson

CA

D

Y

Norma Torres

CA

D

Y

Juan Vargas

CA

D

Y

Maxine Waters

CA

D

Y

Ken Buck

CO

R

N

Jason Crow

CO

D

Y

Diana DeGette

CO

D

Y

Doug Lamborn

CO

R

N

Joseph Neguse

CO

D

Y

Ed Perlmutter

CO

D

Y

Scott Tipton

CO

R

N

Joe Courtney

CT

D

Y

Rosa DeLauro

CT

D

Y

Jahana Hayes

CT

D

Y

James Himes

CT

D

Y

John Larson

CT

D

Y

Lisa Blunt Rochester

DE

D

Y

Gus Bilirakis

FL

R

Y

Vern Buchanan

FL

R

Y

Kathy Castor

FL

D

Y

Charlie Crist

FL

D

Y

Val Demings

FL

D

Y

Ted Deutch

FL

D

Y

Mario Diaz-Balart

FL

R

Y

Neal Dunn

FL

R

A

Lois Frankel

FL

D

Y

Matt Gaetz

FL

R

N

Alcee Hastings

FL

D

Y

Al Lawson

FL

D

Y

Brian Mast

FL

R

Y

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

FL

D

Y

Stephanie Murphy

FL

D

Y

Bill Posey

FL

R

N

Francis Rooney

FL

R

Y

John Rutherford

FL

R

Y

Donna Shalala

FL

D

Y

Darren Soto

FL

D

Y

Ross Spano

FL

R

A

Greg Steube

FL

R

N

Michael Waltz

FL

R

Y

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

FL

D

Y

Daniel Webster

FL

R

A

Frederica Wilson

FL

D

Y

Ted Yoho

FL

R

A

Rick Allen

GA

R

Y

Sanford Bishop

GA

D

Y

Buddy Carter

GA

R

Y

Doug Collins

GA

R

Y

Drew Ferguson

GA

R

Y

Kwanza Hall

GA

D

Y

Jody Hice

GA

R

N

Henry Johnson

GA

D

Y

Barry Loudermilk

GA

R

A

Lucy McBath

GA

D

Y

Austin Scott

GA

R

Y

David Scott

GA

D

Y

Rob Woodall

GA

R

Y

Ed Case

HI

D

Y

Tulsi Gabbard

HI

D

N

Cindy Axne

IA

D

Y

Abby Finkenauer

IA

D

Y

Steve King

IA

R

A

David Loebsack

IA

D

Y

Russ Fulcher

ID

R

Y

Mike Simpson

ID

R

Y

Mike Bost

IL

R

Y

Cheri Bustos

IL

D

Y

Sean Casten

IL

D

Y

Danny Davis

IL

D

Y

Rodney Davis

IL

R

Y

Bill Foster

IL

D

Y

Jesus Garcia

IL

D

Y

Robin Kelly

IL

D

Y

Adam Kinzinger

IL

R

Y

Raja Krishnamoorthi

IL

D

Y

Darin LaHood

IL

R

Y

Daniel Lipinski

IL

D

Y

Mike Quigley

IL

D

Y

Bobby Rush

IL

D

Y

Janice Schakowsky

IL

D

Y

Bradley Schneider

IL

D

Y

John Shimkus

IL

R

Y

Lauren Underwood

IL

D

Y

James Baird

IN

R

Y

Jim Banks

IN

R

N

Susan Brooks

IN

R

A

Larry Bucshon

IN

R

Y

Andre Carson

IN

D

Y

Trey Hollingsworth

IN

R

N

Greg Pence

IN

R

Y

Peter Visclosky

IN

D

Y

Jackie Walorski

IN

R

Y

Sharice Davids

KS

D

Y

Ron Estes

KS

R

Y

Roger Marshall

KS

R

Y

Steve Watkins

KS

R

Y

Andy Barr

KY

R

Y

James Comer

KY

R

Y

Brett Guthrie

KY

R

Y

Thomas Massie

KY

R

N

Hal Rogers

KY

R

Y

John Yarmuth

KY

D

Y

Ralph Abraham

LA

R

A

Garret Graves

LA

R

Y

Clay Higgins

LA

R

N

Mike Johnson

LA

R

Y

Cedric Richmond

LA

D

Y

Steve Scalise

LA

R

Y

Katherine Clark

MA

D

Y

William Keating

MA

D

Y

Joseph Kennedy

MA

D

Y

Stephen Lynch

MA

D

Y

James McGovern

MA

D

Y

Seth Moulton

MA

D

Y

Richard Neal

MA

D

Y

Ayanna Pressley

MA

D

Y

Lori Trahan

MA

D

Y

Anthony Brown

MD

D

Y

Andy Harris

MD

R

Y

Steny Hoyer

MD

D

Y

Kweisi Mfume

MD

D

Y

Jamie Raskin

MD

D

Y

C.A. Ruppersberger

MD

D

Y

John Sarbanes

MD

D

Y

David Trone

MD

D

Y

Jared Golden

ME

D

Y

Chellie Pingree

ME

D

Y

Justin Amash

MI

I

N

Jack Bergman

MI

R

Y

Debbie Dingell

MI

D

Y

Bill Huizenga

MI

R

Y

Daniel Kildee

MI

D

Y

Brenda Lawrence

MI

D

Y

Andy Levin

MI

D

Y

Paul Mitchell

MI

R

Y

John Moolenaar

MI

R

Y

Elissa Slotkin

MI

D

Y

Haley Stevens

MI

D

Y

Rashida Tlaib

MI

D

N

Fred Upton

MI

R

Y

Tim Walberg

MI

R

Y

Angela Craig

MN

D

Y

Tom Emmer

MN

R

Y

James Hagedorn

MN

R

Y

Betty McCollum

MN

D

Y

Ilhan Omar

MN

D

Y

Collin Peterson

MN

D

Y

Dean Phillips

MN

D

Y

Pete Stauber

MN

R

Y

Lacy Clay

MO

D

Y

Emanuel Cleaver

MO

D

Y

Sam Graves

MO

R

Y

Vicky Hartzler

MO

R

Y

Billy Long

MO

R

Y

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MO

R

Y

Jason Smith

MO

R

N

Ann Wagner

MO

R

Y

Michael Guest

MS

R

Y

Trent Kelly

MS

R

N

Steven Palazzo

MS

R

Y

Bennie Thompson

MS

D

Y

Greg Gianforte

MT

R

Y

Alma Adams

NC

D

Y

Dan Bishop

NC

R

N

Ted Budd

NC

R

N

G.K. Butterfield

NC

D

Y

Virginia Foxx

NC

R

Y

George Holding

NC

R

Y

Richard Hudson

NC

R

Y

Patrick McHenry

NC

R

Y

Greg Murphy

NC

R

A

David Price

NC

D

Y

David Rouzer

NC

R

Y

Mark Walker

NC

R

A

Kelly Armstrong

ND

R

N

Don Bacon

NE

R

Y

Jeff Fortenberry

NE

R

Y

Adrian Smith

NE

R

Y

Ann Kuster

NH

D

Y

Christopher Pappas

NH

D

Y

Josh Gottheimer

NJ

D

Y

Andy Kim

NJ

D

Y

Tom Malinowski

NJ

D

Y

Donald Norcross

NJ

D

Y

Frank Pallone

NJ

D

Y

Bill Pascrell

NJ

D

Y

Donald Payne

NJ

D

Y

Mikie Sherrill

NJ

D

Y

Albio Sires

NJ

D

Y

Christopher Smith

NJ

R

Y

Jeff Van Drew

NJ

R

Y

Bonnie Watson Coleman

NJ

D

Y

Debra Haaland

NM

D

Y

Ben Lujan

NM

D

Y

Xochitl Torres Small

NM

D

Y

Mark Amodei

NV

R

Y

Steven Horsford

NV

D

Y

Suzanne Lee

NV

D

Y

Dina Titus

NV

D

Y

Anthony Brindisi

NY

D

Y

Yvette Clarke

NY

D

Y

Antonio Delgado

NY

D

Y

Eliot Engel

NY

D

Y

Adriano Espaillat

NY

D

Y

Brian Higgins

NY

D

Y

Christopher Jacobs

NY

R

Y

Hakeem Jeffries

NY

D

Y

John Katko

NY

R

Y

Peter King

NY

R

Y

Nita Lowey

NY

D

Y

Carolyn Maloney

NY

D

Y

Sean Maloney

NY

D

Y

Gregory Meeks

NY

D

Y

Grace Meng

NY

D

Y

Joseph Morelle

NY

D

Y

Jerrold Nadler

NY

D

Y

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

NY

D

Y

Tom Reed

NY

R

Y

Kathleen Rice

NY

D

Y

Max Rose

NY

D

Y

José Serrano

NY

D

Y

Elise Stefanik

NY

R

Y

Thomas Suozzi

NY

D

Y

Paul Tonko

NY

D

Y

Nydia Velazquez

NY

D

Y

Lee Zeldin

NY

R

Y

Troy Balderson

OH

R

Y

Joyce Beatty

OH

D

Y

Steve Chabot

OH

R

Y

Warren Davidson

OH

R

N

Marcia Fudge

OH

D

Y

Bob Gibbs

OH

R

Y

Anthony Gonzalez

OH

R

Y

Bill Johnson

OH

R

Y

Jim Jordan

OH

R

N

David Joyce

OH

R

Y

Marcy Kaptur

OH

D

Y

Bob Latta

OH

R

Y

Tim Ryan

OH

D

Y

Steve Stivers

OH

R

Y

Michael Turner

OH

R

Y

Brad Wenstrup

OH

R

Y

Tom Cole

OK

R

Y

Kevin Hern

OK

R

Y

Kendra Horn

OK

D

Y

Frank Lucas

OK

R

Y

Markwayne Mullin

OK

R

N

Earl Blumenauer

OR

D

Y

Suzanne Bonamici

OR

D

Y

Peter DeFazio

OR

D

Y

Kurt Schrader

OR

D

Y

Greg Walden

OR

R

Y

Brendan Boyle

PA

D

Y

Matthew Cartwright

PA

D

Y

Madeleine Dean

PA

D

Y

Michael Doyle

PA

D

Y

Dwight Evans

PA

D

Y

Brian Fitzpatrick

PA

R

Y

Chrissy Houlahan

PA

D

Y

John Joyce

PA

R

Y

Fred Keller

PA

R

N

Mike Kelly

PA

R

Y

Conor Lamb

PA

D

Y

Dan Meuser

PA

R

Y

Scott Perry

PA

R

N

Guy Reschenthaler

PA

R

Y

Mary Scanlon

PA

D

Y

Lloyd Smucker

PA

R

Y

Glenn Thompson

PA

R

Y

Susan Wild

PA

D

Y

David Cicilline

RI

D

Y

James Langevin

RI

D

Y

James Clyburn

SC

D

Y

Joe Cunningham

SC

D

Y

Jeff Duncan

SC

R

A

Ralph Norman

SC

R

N

Tom Rice

SC

R

Y

William Timmons

SC

R

N

Joe Wilson

SC

R

A

Dusty Johnson

SD

R

Y

Tim Burchett

TN

R

N

Steve Cohen

TN

D

Y

Jim Cooper

TN

D

Y

Scott DesJarlais

TN

R

N

Chuck Fleischmann

TN

R

Y

Mark Green

TN

R

N

David Kustoff

TN

R

Y

David Roe

TN

R

Y

John Rose

TN

R

N

Colin Allred

TX

D

Y

Jodey Arrington

TX

R

Y

Brian Babin

TX

R

N

Kevin Brady

TX

R

Y

Michael Burgess

TX

R

N

John Carter

TX

R

A

Joaquin Castro

TX

D

Y

Michael Cloud

TX

R

N

K. Michael Conaway

TX

R

N

Dan Crenshaw

TX

R

Y

Henry Cuellar

TX

D

Y

Lloyd Doggett

TX

D

Y

Veronica Escobar

TX

D

Y

Lizzie Fletcher

TX

D

Y

Bill Flores

TX

R

Y

Sylvia Garcia

TX

D

Y

Louie Gohmert

TX

R

N

Vicente Gonzalez

TX

D

Y

Lance Gooden

TX

R

N

Kay Granger

TX

R

Y

Al Green

TX

D

Y

Will Hurd

TX

R

Y

Sheila Jackson-Lee

TX

D

Y

Eddie Johnson

TX

D

Y

Kenny Marchant

TX

R

A

Michael McCaul

TX

R

Y

Pete Olson

TX

R

Y

Chip Roy

TX

R

N

Van Taylor

TX

R

N

Mac Thornberry

TX

R

Y

Marc Veasey

TX

D

Y

Filemon Vela

TX

D

Y

Randy Weber

TX

R

N

Roger Williams

TX

R

Y

Ron Wright

TX

R

A

Rob Bishop

UT

R

A

John Curtis

UT

R

N

Ben McAdams

UT

D

Y

Chris Stewart

UT

R

N

Don Beyer

VA

D

Y

Ben Cline

VA

R

Y

Gerald Connolly

VA

D

Y

H. Morgan Griffith

VA

R

N

Elaine Luria

VA

D

Y

Donald McEachin

VA

D

Y

Denver Riggleman

VA

R

Y

Robert Scott

VA

D

Y

Abigail Spanberger

VA

D

Y

Jennifer Wexton

VA

D

Y

Robert Wittman

VA

R

Y

Peter Welch

VT

D

Y

Suzan DelBene

WA

D

Y

Denny Heck

WA

D

Y

Jaime Herrera Beutler

WA

R

Y

Pramila Jayapal

WA

D

Y

Derek Kilmer

WA

D

Y

Rick Larsen

WA

D

Y

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

WA

R

Y

Dan Newhouse

WA

R

Y

Kim Schrier

WA

D

Y

Adam Smith

WA

D

Y

Mike Gallagher

WI

R

N

Glenn Grothman

WI

R

N

Ron Kind

WI

D

Y

Gwen Moore

WI

D

Y

Mark Pocan

WI

D

Y

F. James Sensenbrenner

WI

R

N

Bryan Steil

WI

R

N

Tom Tiffany

WI

R

N

David McKinley

WV

R

Y

Carol Miller

WV

R

Y

Alex Mooney

WV

R

N

Liz Cheney

WY

R

Y

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