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

Don Young

AK

R

Y

Robert Aderholt

AL

R

Y

Mo Brooks

AL

R

Y

Bradley Byrne

AL

R

N

Gary Palmer

AL

R

N

Martha Roby

AL

R

Y

Mike Rogers

AL

R

Y

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

N

Paul Gosar

AZ

R

N

Raul Grijalva

AZ

D

N

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

N

Nanette Barragan

CA

D

N

Karen Bass

CA

D

N

Ami Bera

CA

D

Y

Julia Brownley

CA

D

Y

Ken Calvert

CA

R

Y

Salud Carbajal

CA

D

Y

Tony Cardenas

CA

D

N

Judy Chu

CA

D

N

Gil Cisneros

CA

D

Y

Paul Cook

CA

R

Y

Luis Correa

CA

D

N

Jim Costa

CA

D

Y

TJ Cox

CA

D

Y

Susan Davis

CA

D

Y

Mark DeSaulnier

CA

D

N

Anna Eshoo

CA

D

N

John Garamendi

CA

D

Y

Jimmy Gomez

CA

D

N

Josh Harder

CA

D

Y

Jared Huffman

CA

D

N

Duncan Hunter

CA

R

A

Ro Khanna

CA

D

N

Doug LaMalfa

CA

R

Y

Barbara Lee

CA

D

N

Mike Levin

CA

D

Y

Ted Lieu

CA

D

N

Zoe Lofgren

CA

D

N

Alan Lowenthal

CA

D

N

Doris Matsui

CA

D

Y

Kevin McCarthy

CA

R

Y

Tom McClintock

CA

R

N

Jerry McNerney

CA

D

Y

Grace Napolitano

CA

D

N

Devin Nunes

CA

R

Y

Jimmy Panetta

CA

D

N

Scott Peters

CA

D

Y

Katie Porter

CA

D

Y

Harley Rouda

CA

D

Y

Lucille Roybal-Allard

CA

D

N

Raul Ruiz

CA

D

Y

Linda Sanchez

CA

D

N

Adam Schiff

CA

D

Y

Brad Sherman

CA

D

Y

Jackie Speier

CA

D

N

Eric Swalwell

CA

D

Y

Mark Takano

CA

D

N

Mike Thompson

CA

D

Y

Norma Torres

CA

D

N

Juan Vargas

CA

D

A

Maxine Waters

CA

D

N

Ken Buck

CO

R

N

Jason Crow

CO

D

Y

Diana DeGette

CO

D

N

Doug Lamborn

CO

R

Y

Joseph Neguse

CO

D

N

Ed Perlmutter

CO

D

Y

Scott Tipton

CO

R

Y

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

Y

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

Y

Francis Rooney

FL

R

N

John Rutherford

FL

R

Y

Donna Shalala

FL

D

Y

Darren Soto

FL

D

Y

Ross Spano

FL

R

N

Greg Steube

FL

R

N

Michael Waltz

FL

R

Y

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

FL

D

Y

Daniel Webster

FL

R

Y

Frederica Wilson

FL

D

Y

Ted Yoho

FL

R

N

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

Tom Graves

GA

R

Y

Jody Hice

GA

R

N

Henry Johnson

GA

D

Y

John Lewis

GA

D

A

Barry Loudermilk

GA

R

Y

Lucy McBath

GA

D

Y

David Scott

GA

D

Y

Austin Scott

GA

R

Y

Rob Woodall

GA

R

Y

Ed Case

HI

D

Y

Tulsi Gabbard

HI

D

A

Cindy Axne

IA

D

Y

Abby Finkenauer

IA

D

Y

Steve King

IA

R

N

David Loebsack

IA

D

Y

Russ Fulcher

ID

R

N

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

N

Robin Kelly

IL

D

Y

Adam Kinzinger

IL

R

Y

Raja Krishnamoorthi

IL

D

Y

Darin LaHood

IL

R

N

Daniel Lipinski

IL

D

Y

Mike Quigley

IL

D

Y

Bobby Rush

IL

D

Y

Janice Schakowsky

IL

D

N

Bradley Schneider

IL

D

Y

John Shimkus

IL

R

A

Lauren Underwood

IL

D

Y

James Baird

IN

R

Y

Jim Banks

IN

R

Y

Susan Brooks

IN

R

Y

Larry Bucshon

IN

R

Y

Andre Carson

IN

D

Y

Trey Hollingsworth

IN

R

A

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

N

Brett Guthrie

KY

R

Y

Thomas Massie

KY

R

N

Hal Rogers

KY

R

Y

John Yarmuth

KY

D

Y

Ralph Abraham

LA

R

Y

Garret Graves

LA

R

Y

Clay Higgins

LA

R

N

Mike Johnson

LA

R

N

Cedric Richmond

LA

D

N

Steve Scalise

LA

R

Y

Katherine Clark

MA

D

Y

William Keating

MA

D

Y

Joseph Kennedy

MA

D

N

Stephen Lynch

MA

D

Y

James McGovern

MA

D

N

Seth Moulton

MA

D

Y

Richard Neal

MA

D

Y

Ayanna Pressley

MA

D

N

Lori Trahan

MA

D

N

Anthony Brown

MD

D

Y

Andy Harris

MD

R

Y

Steny Hoyer

MD

D

Y

Jamie Raskin

MD

D

N

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

N

Daniel Kildee

MI

D

Y

Brenda Lawrence

MI

D

Y

Andy Levin

MI

D

N

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

N

James Hagedorn

MN

R

Y

Betty McCollum

MN

D

Y

Ilhan Omar

MN

D

N

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

Y

Steven Palazzo

MS

R

Y

Bennie Thompson

MS

D

A

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

N

Richard Hudson

NC

R

Y

Patrick McHenry

NC

R

Y

Mark Meadows

NC

R

N

Greg Murphy

NC

R

Y

David Price

NC

D

Y

David Rouzer

NC

R

N

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

N

Frank Pallone

NJ

D

N

Bill Pascrell

NJ

D

N

Donald Payne

NJ

D

Y

Mikie Sherrill

NJ

D

Y

Albio Sires

NJ

D

Y

Christopher Smith

NJ

R

Y

Jeff Van Drew

NJ

D

Y

Bonnie Watson Coleman

NJ

D

N

Debra Haaland

NM

D

N

Ben Lujan

NM

D

N

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

N

Anthony Brindisi

NY

D

Y

Yvette Clarke

NY

D

N

Antonio Delgado

NY

D

Y

Eliot Engel

NY

D

N

Adriano Espaillat

NY

D

N

Brian Higgins

NY

D

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

N

Sean Maloney

NY

D

Y

Gregory Meeks

NY

D

Y

Grace Meng

NY

D

N

Joseph Morelle

NY

D

Y

Jerrold Nadler

NY

D

A

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

NY

D

N

Tom Reed

NY

R

Y

Kathleen Rice

NY

D

Y

Max Rose

NY

D

Y

José Serrano

NY

D

A

Elise Stefanik

NY

R

Y

Thomas Suozzi

NY

D

N

Paul Tonko

NY

D

N

Nydia Velazquez

NY

D

N

Lee Zeldin

NY

R

N

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

N

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

N

Kendra Horn

OK

D

Y

Frank Lucas

OK

R

A

Markwayne Mullin

OK

R

N

Earl Blumenauer

OR

D

N

Suzanne Bonamici

OR

D

N

Peter DeFazio

OR

D

N

Kurt Schrader

OR

D

Y

Greg Walden

OR

R

Y

Brendan Boyle

PA

D

N

Matthew Cartwright

PA

D

Y

Madeleine Dean

PA

D

Y

Michael Doyle

PA

D

N

Dwight Evans

PA

D

Y

Brian Fitzpatrick

PA

R

Y

Chrissy Houlahan

PA

D

Y

John Joyce

PA

R

N

Fred Keller

PA

R

N

Mike Kelly

PA

R

N

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

N

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

N

Ralph Norman

SC

R

N

Tom Rice

SC

R

N

William Timmons

SC

R

N

Joe Wilson

SC

R

Y

Dusty Johnson

SD

R

N

Tim Burchett

TN

R

N

Steve Cohen

TN

D

N

Jim Cooper

TN

D

Y

Scott DesJarlais

TN

R

Y

Chuck Fleischmann

TN

R

Y

Mark Green

TN

R

Y

David Kustoff

TN

R

Y

David Roe

TN

R

Y

John Rose

TN

R

Y

Colin Allred

TX

D

Y

Jodey Arrington

TX

R

N

Brian Babin

TX

R

Y

Kevin Brady

TX

R

Y

Michael Burgess

TX

R

Y

John Carter

TX

R

Y

Joaquin Castro

TX

D

N

Michael Cloud

TX

R

N

K. Michael Conaway

TX

R

Y

Dan Crenshaw

TX

R

Y

Henry Cuellar

TX

D

N

Lloyd Doggett

TX

D

N

Veronica Escobar

TX

D

N

Lizzie Fletcher

TX

D

Y

Bill Flores

TX

R

Y

Sylvia Garcia

TX

D

N

Louie Gohmert

TX

R

N

Vicente Gonzalez

TX

D

N

Lance Gooden

TX

R

Y

Kay Granger

TX

R

Y

Al Green

TX

D

N

Will Hurd

TX

R

Y

Sheila Jackson-Lee

TX

D

N

Eddie Johnson

TX

D

A

Kenny Marchant

TX

R

Y

Michael McCaul

TX

R

Y

Pete Olson

TX

R

Y

John Ratcliffe

TX

R

N

Chip Roy

TX

R

N

Van Taylor

TX

R

N

Mac Thornberry

TX

R

Y

Marc Veasey

TX

D

Y

Filemon Vela

TX

D

N

Randy Weber

TX

R

Y

Roger Williams

TX

R

Y

Ron Wright

TX

R

N

Rob Bishop

UT

R

Y

John Curtis

UT

R

N

Ben McAdams

UT

D

N

Chris Stewart

UT

R

Y

Don Beyer

VA

D

Y

Ben Cline

VA

R

N

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

N

Suzan DelBene

WA

D

Y

Denny Heck

WA

D

Y

Jaime Herrera Beutler

WA

R

Y

Pramila Jayapal

WA

D

N

Derek Kilmer

WA

D

Y

Rick Larsen

WA

D

Y

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

WA

R

N

Dan Newhouse

WA

R

Y

Kim Schrier

WA

D

Y

Adam Smith

WA

D

N

Mike Gallagher

WI

R

N

Glenn Grothman

WI

R

N

Ron Kind

WI

D

Y

Gwen Moore

WI

D

N

Mark Pocan

WI

D

N

F. James Sensenbrenner

WI

R

N

Bryan Steil

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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