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

Ralph Abraham

LA

R

A

Rob Bishop

UT

R

A

Susan Brooks

IN

R

A

John Carter

TX

R

A

Jeff Duncan

SC

R

A

Neal Dunn

FL

R

A

Steve King

IA

R

A

Barry Loudermilk

GA

R

A

Kenny Marchant

TX

R

A

Greg Murphy

NC

R

A

Mike Rogers

AL

R

A

Ross Spano

FL

R

A

Mark Walker

NC

R

A

Daniel Webster

FL

R

A

Joe Wilson

SC

R

A

Ron Wright

TX

R

A

Ted Yoho

FL

R

A

Justin Amash

MI

I

N

Kelly Armstrong

ND

R

N

Brian Babin

TX

R

N

Jim Banks

IN

R

N

Andy Biggs

AZ

R

N

Dan Bishop

NC

R

N

Mo Brooks

AL

R

N

Ken Buck

CO

R

N

Ted Budd

NC

R

N

Tim Burchett

TN

R

N

Michael Burgess

TX

R

N

Michael Cloud

TX

R

N

K. Michael Conaway

TX

R

N

John Curtis

UT

R

N

Warren Davidson

OH

R

N

Scott DesJarlais

TN

R

N

Tulsi Gabbard

HI

D

N

Matt Gaetz

FL

R

N

Mike Gallagher

WI

R

N

Louie Gohmert

TX

R

N

Lance Gooden

TX

R

N

Paul Gosar

AZ

R

N

Mark Green

TN

R

N

H. Morgan Griffith

VA

R

N

Glenn Grothman

WI

R

N

Jody Hice

GA

R

N

Clay Higgins

LA

R

N

Trey Hollingsworth

IN

R

N

Jim Jordan

OH

R

N

Fred Keller

PA

R

N

Trent Kelly

MS

R

N

Doug Lamborn

CO

R

N

Thomas Massie

KY

R

N

Tom McClintock

CA

R

N

Alex Mooney

WV

R

N

Markwayne Mullin

OK

R

N

Ralph Norman

SC

R

N

Scott Perry

PA

R

N

Bill Posey

FL

R

N

John Rose

TN

R

N

Chip Roy

TX

R

N

David Schweikert

AZ

R

N

F. James Sensenbrenner

WI

R

N

Jason Smith

MO

R

N

Bryan Steil

WI

R

N

Greg Steube

FL

R

N

Chris Stewart

UT

R

N

Van Taylor

TX

R

N

Tom Tiffany

WI

R

N

William Timmons

SC

R

N

Scott Tipton

CO

R

N

Rashida Tlaib

MI

D

N

Randy Weber

TX

R

N

Alma Adams

NC

D

Y

Robert Aderholt

AL

R

Y

Pete Aguilar

CA

D

Y

Rick Allen

GA

R

Y

Colin Allred

TX

D

Y

Mark Amodei

NV

R

Y

Jodey Arrington

TX

R

Y

Cindy Axne

IA

D

Y

Don Bacon

NE

R

Y

James Baird

IN

R

Y

Troy Balderson

OH

R

Y

Andy Barr

KY

R

Y

Nanette Barragan

CA

D

Y

Karen Bass

CA

D

Y

Joyce Beatty

OH

D

Y

Ami Bera

CA

D

Y

Jack Bergman

MI

R

Y

Don Beyer

VA

D

Y

Gus Bilirakis

FL

R

Y

Sanford Bishop

GA

D

Y

Earl Blumenauer

OR

D

Y

Lisa Blunt Rochester

DE

D

Y

Suzanne Bonamici

OR

D

Y

Mike Bost

IL

R

Y

Brendan Boyle

PA

D

Y

Kevin Brady

TX

R

Y

Anthony Brindisi

NY

D

Y

Anthony Brown

MD

D

Y

Julia Brownley

CA

D

Y

Vern Buchanan

FL

R

Y

Larry Bucshon

IN

R

Y

Cheri Bustos

IL

D

Y

G.K. Butterfield

NC

D

Y

Bradley Byrne

AL

R

Y

Ken Calvert

CA

R

Y

Salud Carbajal

CA

D

Y

Tony Cardenas

CA

D

Y

Andre Carson

IN

D

Y

Buddy Carter

GA

R

Y

Matthew Cartwright

PA

D

Y

Ed Case

HI

D

Y

Sean Casten

IL

D

Y

Kathy Castor

FL

D

Y

Joaquin Castro

TX

D

Y

Steve Chabot

OH

R

Y

Liz Cheney

WY

R

Y

Judy Chu

CA

D

Y

David Cicilline

RI

D

Y

Gil Cisneros

CA

D

Y

Katherine Clark

MA

D

Y

Yvette Clarke

NY

D

Y

Lacy Clay

MO

D

Y

Emanuel Cleaver

MO

D

Y

Ben Cline

VA

R

Y

James Clyburn

SC

D

Y

Steve Cohen

TN

D

Y

Tom Cole

OK

R

Y

Doug Collins

GA

R

Y

James Comer

KY

R

Y

Gerald Connolly

VA

D

Y

Jim Cooper

TN

D

Y

Luis Correa

CA

D

Y

Jim Costa

CA

D

Y

Joe Courtney

CT

D

Y

TJ Cox

CA

D

Y

Angela Craig

MN

D

Y

Rick Crawford

AR

R

Y

Dan Crenshaw

TX

R

Y

Charlie Crist

FL

D

Y

Jason Crow

CO

D

Y

Henry Cuellar

TX

D

Y

Joe Cunningham

SC

D

Y

Sharice Davids

KS

D

Y

Rodney Davis

IL

R

Y

Danny Davis

IL

D

Y

Susan Davis

CA

D

Y

Madeleine Dean

PA

D

Y

Peter DeFazio

OR

D

Y

Diana DeGette

CO

D

Y

Rosa DeLauro

CT

D

Y

Suzan DelBene

WA

D

Y

Antonio Delgado

NY

D

Y

Val Demings

FL

D

Y

Mark DeSaulnier

CA

D

Y

Ted Deutch

FL

D

Y

Mario Diaz-Balart

FL

R

Y

Debbie Dingell

MI

D

Y

Lloyd Doggett

TX

D

Y

Michael Doyle

PA

D

Y

Tom Emmer

MN

R

Y

Eliot Engel

NY

D

Y

Veronica Escobar

TX

D

Y

Anna Eshoo

CA

D

Y

Adriano Espaillat

NY

D

Y

Ron Estes

KS

R

Y

Dwight Evans

PA

D

Y

Drew Ferguson

GA

R

Y

Abby Finkenauer

IA

D

Y

Brian Fitzpatrick

PA

R

Y

Chuck Fleischmann

TN

R

Y

Lizzie Fletcher

TX

D

Y

Bill Flores

TX

R

Y

Jeff Fortenberry

NE

R

Y

Bill Foster

IL

D

Y

Virginia Foxx

NC

R

Y

Lois Frankel

FL

D

Y

Marcia Fudge

OH

D

Y

Russ Fulcher

ID

R

Y

Ruben Gallego

AZ

D

Y

John Garamendi

CA

D

Y

Sylvia Garcia

TX

D

Y

Jesus Garcia

IL

D

Y

Mike Garcia

CA

R

Y

Greg Gianforte

MT

R

Y

Bob Gibbs

OH

R

Y

Jared Golden

ME

D

Y

Jimmy Gomez

CA

D

Y

Vicente Gonzalez

TX

D

Y

Anthony Gonzalez

OH

R

Y

Josh Gottheimer

NJ

D

Y

Kay Granger

TX

R

Y

Garret Graves

LA

R

Y

Sam Graves

MO

R

Y

Al Green

TX

D

Y

Raul Grijalva

AZ

D

Y

Michael Guest

MS

R

Y

Brett Guthrie

KY

R

Y

Debra Haaland

NM

D

Y

James Hagedorn

MN

R

Y

Kwanza Hall

GA

D

Y

Josh Harder

CA

D

Y

Andy Harris

MD

R

Y

Vicky Hartzler

MO

R

Y

Alcee Hastings

FL

D

Y

Jahana Hayes

CT

D

Y

Denny Heck

WA

D

Y

Kevin Hern

OK

R

Y

Jaime Herrera Beutler

WA

R

Y

Brian Higgins

NY

D

Y

French Hill

AR

R

Y

James Himes

CT

D

Y

George Holding

NC

R

Y

Kendra Horn

OK

D

Y

Steven Horsford

NV

D

Y

Chrissy Houlahan

PA

D

Y

Steny Hoyer

MD

D

Y

Richard Hudson

NC

R

Y

Jared Huffman

CA

D

Y

Bill Huizenga

MI

R

Y

Will Hurd

TX

R

Y

Sheila Jackson-Lee

TX

D

Y

Christopher Jacobs

NY

R

Y

Pramila Jayapal

WA

D

Y

Hakeem Jeffries

NY

D

Y

Mike Johnson

LA

R

Y

Bill Johnson

OH

R

Y

Eddie Johnson

TX

D

Y

Henry Johnson

GA

D

Y

Dusty Johnson

SD

R

Y

John Joyce

PA

R

Y

David Joyce

OH

R

Y

Marcy Kaptur

OH

D

Y

John Katko

NY

R

Y

William Keating

MA

D

Y

Robin Kelly

IL

D

Y

Mike Kelly

PA

R

Y

Joseph Kennedy

MA

D

Y

Ro Khanna

CA

D

Y

Daniel Kildee

MI

D

Y

Derek Kilmer

WA

D

Y

Andy Kim

NJ

D

Y

Ron Kind

WI

D

Y

Peter King

NY

R

Y

Adam Kinzinger

IL

R

Y

Ann Kirkpatrick

AZ

D

Y

Raja Krishnamoorthi

IL

D

Y

Ann Kuster

NH

D

Y

David Kustoff

TN

R

Y

Darin LaHood

IL

R

Y

Doug LaMalfa

CA

R

Y

Conor Lamb

PA

D

Y

James Langevin

RI

D

Y

Rick Larsen

WA

D

Y

John Larson

CT

D

Y

Bob Latta

OH

R

Y

Brenda Lawrence

MI

D

Y

Al Lawson

FL

D

Y

Suzanne Lee

NV

D

Y

Barbara Lee

CA

D

Y

Debbie Lesko

AZ

R

Y

Andy Levin

MI

D

Y

Mike Levin

CA

D

Y

Ted Lieu

CA

D

Y

Daniel Lipinski

IL

D

Y

David Loebsack

IA

D

Y

Zoe Lofgren

CA

D

Y

Billy Long

MO

R

Y

Alan Lowenthal

CA

D

Y

Nita Lowey

NY

D

Y

Frank Lucas

OK

R

Y

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MO

R

Y

Ben Lujan

NM

D

Y

Elaine Luria

VA

D

Y

Stephen Lynch

MA

D

Y

Tom Malinowski

NJ

D

Y

Carolyn Maloney

NY

D

Y

Sean Maloney

NY

D

Y

Roger Marshall

KS

R

Y

Brian Mast

FL

R

Y

Doris Matsui

CA

D

Y

Ben McAdams

UT

D

Y

Lucy McBath

GA

D

Y

Kevin McCarthy

CA

R

Y

Michael McCaul

TX

R

Y

Betty McCollum

MN

D

Y

Donald McEachin

VA

D

Y

James McGovern

MA

D

Y

Patrick McHenry

NC

R

Y

David McKinley

WV

R

Y

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

WA

R

Y

Jerry McNerney

CA

D

Y

Gregory Meeks

NY

D

Y

Grace Meng

NY

D

Y

Dan Meuser

PA

R

Y

Kweisi Mfume

MD

D

Y

Carol Miller

WV

R

Y

Paul Mitchell

MI

R

Y

John Moolenaar

MI

R

Y

Gwen Moore

WI

D

Y

Joseph Morelle

NY

D

Y

Seth Moulton

MA

D

Y

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

FL

D

Y

Stephanie Murphy

FL

D

Y

Jerrold Nadler

NY

D

Y

Grace Napolitano

CA

D

Y

Richard Neal

MA

D

Y

Joseph Neguse

CO

D

Y

Dan Newhouse

WA

R

Y

Donald Norcross

NJ

D

Y

Devin Nunes

CA

R

Y

Tom O'Halleran

AZ

D

Y

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

NY

D

Y

Pete Olson

TX

R

Y

Ilhan Omar

MN

D

Y

Steven Palazzo

MS

R

Y

Frank Pallone

NJ

D

Y

Gary Palmer

AL

R

Y

Jimmy Panetta

CA

D

Y

Christopher Pappas

NH

D

Y

Bill Pascrell

NJ

D

Y

Donald Payne

NJ

D

Y

Greg Pence

IN

R

Y

Ed Perlmutter

CO

D

Y

Scott Peters

CA

D

Y

Collin Peterson

MN

D

Y

Dean Phillips

MN

D

Y

Chellie Pingree

ME

D

Y

Mark Pocan

WI

D

Y

Katie Porter

CA

D

Y

Ayanna Pressley

MA

D

Y

David Price

NC

D

Y

Mike Quigley

IL

D

Y

Jamie Raskin

MD

D

Y

Tom Reed

NY

R

Y

Guy Reschenthaler

PA

R

Y

Kathleen Rice

NY

D

Y

Tom Rice

SC

R

Y

Cedric Richmond

LA

D

Y

Denver Riggleman

VA

R

Y

Martha Roby

AL

R

Y

David Roe

TN

R

Y

Hal Rogers

KY

R

Y

Francis Rooney

FL

R

Y

Max Rose

NY

D

Y

Harley Rouda

CA

D

Y

David Rouzer

NC

R

Y

Lucille Roybal Allard

CA

D

Y

Raul Ruiz

CA

D

Y

C.A. Ruppersberger

MD

D

Y

Bobby Rush

IL

D

Y

John Rutherford

FL

R

Y

Tim Ryan

OH

D

Y

Linda Sanchez

CA

D

Y

John Sarbanes

MD

D

Y

Steve Scalise

LA

R

Y

Mary Scanlon

PA

D

Y

Janice Schakowsky

IL

D

Y

Adam Schiff

CA

D

Y

Bradley Schneider

IL

D

Y

Kurt Schrader

OR

D

Y

Kim Schrier

WA

D

Y

David Scott

GA

D

Y

Austin Scott

GA

R

Y

Robert Scott

VA

D

Y

José Serrano

NY

D

Y

Terri Sewell

AL

D

Y

Donna Shalala

FL

D

Y

Brad Sherman

CA

D

Y

Mikie Sherrill

NJ

D

Y

John Shimkus

IL

R

Y

Mike Simpson

ID

R

Y

Albio Sires

NJ

D

Y

Elissa Slotkin

MI

D

Y

Adrian Smith

NE

R

Y

Christopher Smith

NJ

R

Y

Adam Smith

WA

D

Y

Lloyd Smucker

PA

R

Y

Darren Soto

FL

D

Y

Abigail Spanberger

VA

D

Y

Jackie Speier

CA

D

Y

Greg Stanton

AZ

D

Y

Pete Stauber

MN

R

Y

Elise Stefanik

NY

R

Y

Haley Stevens

MI

D

Y

Steve Stivers

OH

R

Y

Thomas Suozzi

NY

D

Y

Eric Swalwell

CA

D

Y

Mark Takano

CA

D

Y

Bennie Thompson

MS

D

Y

Glenn Thompson

PA

R

Y

Mike Thompson

CA

D

Y

Mac Thornberry

TX

R

Y

Dina Titus

NV

D

Y

Paul Tonko

NY

D

Y

Norma Torres

CA

D

Y

Xochitl Torres Small

NM

D

Y

Lori Trahan

MA

D

Y

David Trone

MD

D

Y

Michael Turner

OH

R

Y

Lauren Underwood

IL

D

Y

Fred Upton

MI

R

Y

Jeff Van Drew

NJ

R

Y

Juan Vargas

CA

D

Y

Marc Veasey

TX

D

Y

Filemon Vela

TX

D

Y

Nydia Velazquez

NY

D

Y

Peter Visclosky

IN

D

Y

Ann Wagner

MO

R

Y

Tim Walberg

MI

R

Y

Greg Walden

OR

R

Y

Jackie Walorski

IN

R

Y

Michael Waltz

FL

R

Y

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

FL

D

Y

Maxine Waters

CA

D

Y

Steve Watkins

KS

R

Y

Bonnie Watson Coleman

NJ

D

Y

Peter Welch

VT

D

Y

Brad Wenstrup

OH

R

Y

Bruce Westerman

AR

R

Y

Jennifer Wexton

VA

D

Y

Susan Wild

PA

D

Y

Roger Williams

TX

R

Y

Frederica Wilson

FL

D

Y

Robert Wittman

VA

R

Y

Steve Womack

AR

R

Y

Rob Woodall

GA

R

Y

John Yarmuth

KY

D

Y

Don Young

AK

R

Y

Lee Zeldin

NY

R

Y

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