Key Vote Alert: “NO” SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 1158 AND “NO” ON SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 1865, THE END-OF-YEAR SPENDING AGREEMENT AKA THE “DOUBLE-DECKER BUS”

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Club for Growth opposes the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1158, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, and the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1865, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, and urges all Representatives and Senators to vote no. The legislation is expected to be considered soon in the House of Representatives and Senate.  The results of both of the votes will be included in the Club for Growth Foundation’s 2019 Congressional Scorecard.

This legislation spends at the discretionary spending levels of this budget-busting Bipartisan Budget Act, which increased the FY2020 spending cap by over $171 billion and is about a 5:1 ratio of higher spending over revenue cuts on the repeal of the Obamacare taxes on an annualized basis.

The “Double-Decker Bus” is a spending agreement that has been split into two appropriations bills. Additionally, the Double-Decker Bus includes many anomalies that do not belong on spending bills, including anomalies that extend the authorizations of several expiring federal programs, such as a 7-year reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), and reauthorizations of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Temporary Assistants for Needy Families (TANF) through the end of the fiscal year. The bill also waives statutory Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO).

Additionally, the bill includes supplemental appropriations for natural disaster relief that is not subject to the budget caps. Congress has been unable to complete meaningful reforms on expiring federal programs and is instead ramming everything through on two gigantic last-minute spending bills. The spending levels of this bill will accommodate a deficit of over $1 trillion for FY2020.

Though many Members feel that a robust defense budget is required to maintain military readiness and national security, a large threat to our defense and national security remains the national debt, and a Defense Business Board report showed $125 billion in administrative waste in Pentagon business operations. A moment of reckoning will be upon Members when net interest payments exceed our defense budget in just a few years.

Last month, Club for Growth warned Members of Congress against passing a 4-week Continuing Resolution that expired on December 20th because it would back up Members of Congress against a deadline that was certain to force Senators and Representatives into supporting a last-minute deal before Christmas.  Members of Congress can probably find provisions they support within the thousands of pages of legislation in the Double-Decker Bus. However, full consideration of this massive piece of legislation should alarm Members of Congress and force them to realize they have abdicated their legislative authority to the Appropriations Committees and Congressional Leadership.

The bill also includes a provision to bailout pensions for thousands of coal miners. This is in essence, an earmark to Members that have fiercely advocated for the pension bailout.

On the bright side, the legislation repeals the Cadillac tax, the 2.3 percent Medical Device Tax, and a health insurance fee. These Obamacare-era taxes have caused health care costs to skyrocket and their repeal is welcomed, although an appropriations bill should not be the legislative vehicle to repeal these taxes. A better course of action would be repealing these Obamacare taxes along with Obamacare’s spending.

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

690

Vote Date

December 17, 2019

Vote Counts

YEAs:

280

NAYs:

138

Not Voting:

12

Name

State

Party

Vote Position

Alma Adams

NC

D

Y

Pete Aguilar

CA

D

N

Colin Allred

TX

D

Y

Cindy Axne

IA

D

Y

Nanette Barragan

CA

D

N

Karen Bass

CA

D

N

Joyce Beatty

OH

D

Y

Ami Bera

CA

D

Y

Don Beyer

VA

D

Y

Sanford Bishop

GA

D

Y

Earl Blumenauer

OR

D

N

Lisa Blunt Rochester

DE

D

Y

Suzanne Bonamici

OR

D

N

Brendan Boyle

PA

D

N

Anthony Brindisi

NY

D

Y

Anthony Brown

MD

D

Y

Julia Brownley

CA

D

Y

Cheri Bustos

IL

D

Y

G.K. Butterfield

NC

D

Y

Salud Carbajal

CA

D

Y

Tony Cardenas

CA

D

N

Andre Carson

IN

D

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

N

Judy Chu

CA

D

N

David Cicilline

RI

D

Y

Gil Cisneros

CA

D

Y

Katherine Clark

MA

D

Y

Yvette Clarke

NY

D

N

Lacy Clay

MO

D

Y

Emanuel Cleaver

MO

D

Y

James Clyburn

SC

D

Y

Steve Cohen

TN

D

N

Gerald Connolly

VA

D

Y

Jim Cooper

TN

D

Y

Luis Correa

CA

D

N

Jim Costa

CA

D

Y

Joe Courtney

CT

D

Y

TJ Cox

CA

D

Y

Angela Craig

MN

D

Y

Charlie Crist

FL

D

Y

Jason Crow

CO

D

Y

Henry Cuellar

TX

D

N

Joe Cunningham

SC

D

Y

Sharice Davids

KS

D

Y

Susan Davis

CA

D

Y

Danny Davis

IL

D

Y

Madeleine Dean

PA

D

Y

Peter DeFazio

OR

D

N

Diana DeGette

CO

D

N

Rosa DeLauro

CT

D

Y

Suzan DelBene

WA

D

Y

Antonio Delgado

NY

D

Y

Val Demings

FL

D

Y

Mark DeSaulnier

CA

D

N

Ted Deutch

FL

D

Y

Debbie Dingell

MI

D

Y

Lloyd Doggett

TX

D

N

Michael Doyle

PA

D

N

Eliot Engel

NY

D

N

Veronica Escobar

TX

D

N

Anna Eshoo

CA

D

N

Adriano Espaillat

NY

D

N

Dwight Evans

PA

D

Y

Abby Finkenauer

IA

D

Y

Lizzie Fletcher

TX

D

Y

Bill Foster

IL

D

Y

Lois Frankel

FL

D

Y

Marcia Fudge

OH

D

Y

Tulsi Gabbard

HI

D

A

Ruben Gallego

AZ

D

N

John Garamendi

CA

D

Y

Jesus Garcia

IL

D

N

Sylvia Garcia

TX

D

N

Jared Golden

ME

D

Y

Jimmy Gomez

CA

D

N

Vicente Gonzalez

TX

D

N

Josh Gottheimer

NJ

D

Y

Al Green

TX

D

N

Raul Grijalva

AZ

D

N

Debra Haaland

NM

D

N

Josh Harder

CA

D

Y

Alcee Hastings

FL

D

Y

Jahana Hayes

CT

D

Y

Denny Heck

WA

D

Y

Brian Higgins

NY

D

Y

James Himes

CT

D

Y

Kendra Horn

OK

D

Y

Steven Horsford

NV

D

Y

Chrissy Houlahan

PA

D

Y

Steny Hoyer

MD

D

Y

Jared Huffman

CA

D

N

Sheila Jackson-Lee

TX

D

N

Pramila Jayapal

WA

D

N

Hakeem Jeffries

NY

D

Y

Eddie Johnson

TX

D

A

Henry Johnson

GA

D

Y

Marcy Kaptur

OH

D

Y

William Keating

MA

D

Y

Robin Kelly

IL

D

Y

Joseph Kennedy

MA

D

N

Ro Khanna

CA

D

N

Daniel Kildee

MI

D

Y

Derek Kilmer

WA

D

Y

Andy Kim

NJ

D

Y

Ron Kind

WI

D

Y

Ann Kirkpatrick

AZ

D

Y

Raja Krishnamoorthi

IL

D

Y

Ann Kuster

NH

D

Y

Conor Lamb

PA

D

Y

James Langevin

RI

D

Y

Rick Larsen

WA

D

Y

John Larson

CT

D

Y

Brenda Lawrence

MI

D

Y

Al Lawson

FL

D

Y

Barbara Lee

CA

D

N

Suzanne Lee

NV

D

Y

Mike Levin

CA

D

Y

Andy Levin

MI

D

N

John Lewis

GA

D

A

Ted Lieu

CA

D

N

Daniel Lipinski

IL

D

Y

David Loebsack

IA

D

Y

Zoe Lofgren

CA

D

N

Alan Lowenthal

CA

D

N

Nita Lowey

NY

D

Y

Ben Lujan

NM

D

N

Elaine Luria

VA

D

Y

Stephen Lynch

MA

D

Y

Tom Malinowski

NJ

D

Y

Sean Maloney

NY

D

Y

Carolyn Maloney

NY

D

N

Doris Matsui

CA

D

Y

Ben McAdams

UT

D

N

Lucy McBath

GA

D

Y

Betty McCollum

MN

D

Y

Donald McEachin

VA

D

Y

James McGovern

MA

D

N

Jerry McNerney

CA

D

Y

Gregory Meeks

NY

D

Y

Grace Meng

NY

D

N

Gwen Moore

WI

D

N

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

A

Grace Napolitano

CA

D

N

Richard Neal

MA

D

Y

Joseph Neguse

CO

D

N

Donald Norcross

NJ

D

N

Tom O'Halleran

AZ

D

Y

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

NY

D

N

Ilhan Omar

MN

D

N

Frank Pallone

NJ

D

N

Jimmy Panetta

CA

D

N

Christopher Pappas

NH

D

Y

Bill Pascrell

NJ

D

N

Donald Payne

NJ

D

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

N

Katie Porter

CA

D

Y

Ayanna Pressley

MA

D

N

David Price

NC

D

Y

Mike Quigley

IL

D

Y

Jamie Raskin

MD

D

N

Kathleen Rice

NY

D

Y

Cedric Richmond

LA

D

N

Max Rose

NY

D

Y

Harley Rouda

CA

D

Y

Lucille Roybal-Allard

CA

D

N

Raul Ruiz

CA

D

Y

C.A. Ruppersberger

MD

D

Y

Bobby Rush

IL

D

Y

Tim Ryan

OH

D

Y

Linda Sanchez

CA

D

N

John Sarbanes

MD

D

Y

Mary Scanlon

PA

D

Y

Janice Schakowsky

IL

D

N

Adam Schiff

CA

D

Y

Bradley Schneider

IL

D

Y

Kurt Schrader

OR

D

Y

Kim Schrier

WA

D

Y

Robert Scott

VA

D

Y

David Scott

GA

D

Y

José Serrano

NY

D

A

Terri Sewell

AL

D

Y

Donna Shalala

FL

D

Y

Brad Sherman

CA

D

Y

Mikie Sherrill

NJ

D

Y

Albio Sires

NJ

D

Y

Elissa Slotkin

MI

D

Y

Adam Smith

WA

D

N

Darren Soto

FL

D

Y

Abigail Spanberger

VA

D

Y

Jackie Speier

CA

D

N

Greg Stanton

AZ

D

Y

Haley Stevens

MI

D

Y

Thomas Suozzi

NY

D

N

Eric Swalwell

CA

D

Y

Mark Takano

CA

D

N

Mike Thompson

CA

D

Y

Bennie Thompson

MS

D

A

Dina Titus

NV

D

N

Rashida Tlaib

MI

D

N

Paul Tonko

NY

D

N

Norma Torres

CA

D

N

Xochitl Torres Small

NM

D

Y

Lori Trahan

MA

D

N

David Trone

MD

D

Y

Lauren Underwood

IL

D

Y

Jeff Van Drew

NJ

D

Y

Juan Vargas

CA

D

A

Marc Veasey

TX

D

Y

Filemon Vela

TX

D

N

Nydia Velazquez

NY

D

N

Peter Visclosky

IN

D

Y

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

FL

D

Y

Maxine Waters

CA

D

N

Bonnie Watson Coleman

NJ

D

N

Peter Welch

VT

D

N

Jennifer Wexton

VA

D

Y

Susan Wild

PA

D

Y

Frederica Wilson

FL

D

Y

John Yarmuth

KY

D

Y

Justin Amash

MI

I

N

Ralph Abraham

LA

R

Y

Robert Aderholt

AL

R

Y

Rick Allen

GA

R

Y

Mark Amodei

NV

R

Y

Kelly Armstrong

ND

R

N

Jodey Arrington

TX

R

N

Brian Babin

TX

R

Y

Don Bacon

NE

R

Y

James Baird

IN

R

Y

Troy Balderson

OH

R

Y

Jim Banks

IN

R

Y

Andy Barr

KY

R

Y

Jack Bergman

MI

R

Y

Andy Biggs

AZ

R

N

Gus Bilirakis

FL

R

Y

Dan Bishop

NC

R

N

Rob Bishop

UT

R

Y

Mike Bost

IL

R

Y

Kevin Brady

TX

R

Y

Susan Brooks

IN

R

Y

Mo Brooks

AL

R

Y

Vern Buchanan

FL

R

Y

Ken Buck

CO

R

N

Larry Bucshon

IN

R

Y

Ted Budd

NC

R

N

Tim Burchett

TN

R

N

Michael Burgess

TX

R

Y

Bradley Byrne

AL

R

N

Ken Calvert

CA

R

Y

Buddy Carter

GA

R

Y

John Carter

TX

R

Y

Steve Chabot

OH

R

Y

Liz Cheney

WY

R

Y

Ben Cline

VA

R

N

Michael Cloud

TX

R

N

Tom Cole

OK

R

Y

Doug Collins

GA

R

Y

James Comer

KY

R

N

K. Michael Conaway

TX

R

Y

Paul Cook

CA

R

Y

Rick Crawford

AR

R

Y

Dan Crenshaw

TX

R

Y

John Curtis

UT

R

N

Warren Davidson

OH

R

N

Rodney Davis

IL

R

Y

Scott DesJarlais

TN

R

Y

Mario Diaz-Balart

FL

R

Y

Jeff Duncan

SC

R

N

Neal Dunn

FL

R

Y

Tom Emmer

MN

R

N

Ron Estes

KS

R

Y

Drew Ferguson

GA

R

Y

Brian Fitzpatrick

PA

R

Y

Chuck Fleischmann

TN

R

Y

Bill Flores

TX

R

Y

Jeff Fortenberry

NE

R

Y

Virginia Foxx

NC

R

Y

Russ Fulcher

ID

R

N

Matt Gaetz

FL

R

N

Mike Gallagher

WI

R

N

Greg Gianforte

MT

R

Y

Bob Gibbs

OH

R

Y

Louie Gohmert

TX

R

N

Anthony Gonzalez

OH

R

Y

Lance Gooden

TX

R

Y

Paul Gosar

AZ

R

N

Kay Granger

TX

R

Y

Tom Graves

GA

R

Y

Garret Graves

LA

R

Y

Sam Graves

MO

R

Y

Mark Green

TN

R

Y

H. Morgan Griffith

VA

R

N

Glenn Grothman

WI

R

N

Michael Guest

MS

R

Y

Brett Guthrie

KY

R

Y

James Hagedorn

MN

R

Y

Andy Harris

MD

R

Y

Vicky Hartzler

MO

R

Y

Kevin Hern

OK

R

N

Jaime Herrera Beutler

WA

R

Y

Jody Hice

GA

R

N

Clay Higgins

LA

R

N

French Hill

AR

R

Y

George Holding

NC

R

N

Trey Hollingsworth

IN

R

A

Richard Hudson

NC

R

Y

Bill Huizenga

MI

R

N

Duncan Hunter

CA

R

A

Will Hurd

TX

R

Y

Bill Johnson

OH

R

Y

Mike Johnson

LA

R

N

Dusty Johnson

SD

R

N

Jim Jordan

OH

R

N

David Joyce

OH

R

Y

John Joyce

PA

R

N

John Katko

NY

R

Y

Fred Keller

PA

R

N

Trent Kelly

MS

R

Y

Mike Kelly

PA

R

N

Peter King

NY

R

Y

Steve King

IA

R

N

Adam Kinzinger

IL

R

Y

David Kustoff

TN

R

Y

Darin LaHood

IL

R

N

Doug LaMalfa

CA

R

Y

Doug Lamborn

CO

R

Y

Bob Latta

OH

R

N

Debbie Lesko

AZ

R

Y

Billy Long

MO

R

Y

Barry Loudermilk

GA

R

Y

Frank Lucas

OK

R

A

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MO

R

Y

Kenny Marchant

TX

R

Y

Roger Marshall

KS

R

Y

Thomas Massie

KY

R

N

Brian Mast

FL

R

Y

Kevin McCarthy

CA

R

Y

Michael McCaul

TX

R

Y

Tom McClintock

CA

R

N

Patrick McHenry

NC

R

Y

David McKinley

WV

R

Y

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

WA

R

N

Mark Meadows

NC

R

N

Dan Meuser

PA

R

Y

Carol Miller

WV

R

Y

Paul Mitchell

MI

R

Y

John Moolenaar

MI

R

Y

Alex Mooney

WV

R

N

Markwayne Mullin

OK

R

N

Greg Murphy

NC

R

Y

Dan Newhouse

WA

R

Y

Ralph Norman

SC

R

N

Devin Nunes

CA

R

Y

Pete Olson

TX

R

Y

Steven Palazzo

MS

R

Y

Gary Palmer

AL

R

N

Greg Pence

IN

R

Y

Scott Perry

PA

R

N

Bill Posey

FL

R

Y

John Ratcliffe

TX

R

N

Tom Reed

NY

R

Y

Guy Reschenthaler

PA

R

Y

Tom Rice

SC

R

N

Denver Riggleman

VA

R

Y

Martha Roby

AL

R

Y

David Roe

TN

R

Y

Mike Rogers

AL

R

Y

Hal Rogers

KY

R

Y

Francis Rooney

FL

R

N

John Rose

TN

R

Y

David Rouzer

NC

R

N

Chip Roy

TX

R

N

John Rutherford

FL

R

Y

Steve Scalise

LA

R

Y

David Schweikert

AZ

R

N

Austin Scott

GA

R

Y

F. James Sensenbrenner

WI

R

N

John Shimkus

IL

R

A

Mike Simpson

ID

R

Y

Adrian Smith

NE

R

Y

Christopher Smith

NJ

R

Y

Jason Smith

MO

R

N

Lloyd Smucker

PA

R

N

Ross Spano

FL

R

N

Pete Stauber

MN

R

Y

Elise Stefanik

NY

R

Y

Bryan Steil

WI

R

N

Greg Steube

FL

R

N

Chris Stewart

UT

R

Y

Steve Stivers

OH

R

Y

Van Taylor

TX

R

N

Glenn Thompson

PA

R

Y

Mac Thornberry

TX

R

Y

William Timmons

SC

R

N

Scott Tipton

CO

R

Y

Michael Turner

OH

R

Y

Fred Upton

MI

R

Y

Ann Wagner

MO

R

Y

Tim Walberg

MI

R

Y

Greg Walden

OR

R

Y

Mark Walker

NC

R

A

Jackie Walorski

IN

R

Y

Michael Waltz

FL

R

Y

Steve Watkins

KS

R

Y

Randy Weber

TX

R

Y

Daniel Webster

FL

R

Y

Brad Wenstrup

OH

R

Y

Bruce Westerman

AR

R

Y

Roger Williams

TX

R

Y

Joe Wilson

SC

R

Y

Robert Wittman

VA

R

Y

Steve Womack

AR

R

Y

Rob Woodall

GA

R

Y

Ron Wright

TX

R

N

Ted Yoho

FL

R

N

Don Young

AK

R

Y

Lee Zeldin

NY

R

N

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