Key Vote Alert – “NO” on the Omnibus / Neutral on Tax Extenders

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KEY VOTE ALERT

“NO” on the Omnibus (Amdt #1 to HR 2029)

Neutral on the Tax Extenders (Amdt #2 to HR 2029)

The Club for Growth urges all members of Congress to oppose the Omnibus budget deal, while we take no position on the tax extenders package.  Both chambers are expected to vote on these two proposals in the next few days.  The Omnibus vote will be included in the Club for Growth’s 2015 Congressional Scorecard.

Even with House Republican leaders promising procedural reforms, the Omnibus spending bill is still a “business as usual” proposal that justifies Americans’ resentment and distrust of Washington politicians.  At more than 2,000 pages, it is a smorgasbord of spending, complete with goodies for everyone except taxpayers.  Worse, it busts the spending caps enacted by the 2011 Budget Control Act, that did a modest job at restraining the growth in government.

In a lot of ways, the tax extenders deal is similar to the Omnibus.  The Club has opposed short-term reauthorizations of the extenders in the past.  But this current bill has at least one redeeming quality – it makes permanent several provisions that can eventually be used to help make a future tax reform proposal more pro-growth through a broader base and deeper rate reductions.  It should be noted that the fraud protections in the plan are weak, but it’s good that a discussion on this matter has finally been started.  However, with all the special interest giveaways in the plan, we cannot support it.  Therefore, we will be neutral on its consideration.

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Vote Results

Club Position

No

Required for Majority

1/2

Vote Results

Motion Agreed to

Vote Number

339

Vote Date

December 18, 2015

Vote Counts

YEAs:

65

NAYs:

33

Not Voting:

2

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

Roy Blunt

MO

R

Y

Cory Booker

NJ

D

Y

John Boozman

AR

R

N

Barbara Boxer

CA

D

A

Sherrod Brown

OH

D

Y

Richard Burr

NC

R

N

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

N

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

N

Mike Crapo

ID

R

N

Ted Cruz

TX

R

N

Steve Daines

MT

R

N

Joe Donnelly

IN

D

Y

Richard Durbin

IL

D

Y

Michael Enzi

WY

R

N

Joni Ernst

IA

R

N

Dianne Feinstein

CA

D

Y

Deb Fischer

NE

R

N

Jeff Flake

AZ

R

N

Al Franken

MN

D

Y

Cory Gardner

CO

R

Y

Kirsten Gillibrand

NY

D

Y

Lindsey Graham

SC

R

Y

Chuck Grassley

IA

R

N

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

N

Edward Markey

MA

D

N

John McCain

AZ

R

N

Claire McCaskill

MO

D

N

Mitch McConnell

KY

R

Y

Robert Menendez

NJ

D

Y

Jeff Merkley

OR

D

N

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

N

David Perdue

GA

R

Y

Gary Peters

MI

D

Y

Rob Portman

OH

R

N

Jack Reed

RI

D

Y

Harry Reid

NV

D

Y

Jim Risch

ID

R

N

Pat Roberts

KS

R

Y

Mike Rounds

SD

R

Y

Marco Rubio

FL

R

A

Bernie Sanders

VT

I

N

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

N

Jon Tester

MT

D

N

John Thune

SD

R

N

Thom Tillis

NC

R

Y

Pat Toomey

PA

R

N

Tom Udall

NM

D

Y

David Vitter

LA

R

N

Mark Warner

VA

D

Y

Elizabeth Warren

MA

D

Y

Sheldon Whitehouse

RI

D

Y

Roger Wicker

MS

R

Y

Ron Wyden

OR

D

N

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