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

Tulsi Gabbard

HI

D

A

Trey Hollingsworth

IN

R

A

Duncan Hunter

CA

R

A

Eddie Johnson

TX

D

A

John Lewis

GA

D

A

Frank Lucas

OK

R

A

Jerrold Nadler

NY

D

A

José Serrano

NY

D

A

John Shimkus

IL

R

A

Bennie Thompson

MS

D

A

Juan Vargas

CA

D

A

Mark Walker

NC

R

A

Pete Aguilar

CA

D

N

Justin Amash

MI

I

N

Kelly Armstrong

ND

R

N

Jodey Arrington

TX

R

N

Nanette Barragan

CA

D

N

Karen Bass

CA

D

N

Andy Biggs

AZ

R

N

Dan Bishop

NC

R

N

Earl Blumenauer

OR

D

N

Suzanne Bonamici

OR

D

N

Brendan Boyle

PA

D

N

Ken Buck

CO

R

N

Ted Budd

NC

R

N

Tim Burchett

TN

R

N

Bradley Byrne

AL

R

N

Tony Cardenas

CA

D

N

Joaquin Castro

TX

D

N

Judy Chu

CA

D

N

Yvette Clarke

NY

D

N

Ben Cline

VA

R

N

Michael Cloud

TX

R

N

Steve Cohen

TN

D

N

James Comer

KY

R

N

Luis Correa

CA

D

N

Henry Cuellar

TX

D

N

John Curtis

UT

R

N

Warren Davidson

OH

R

N

Peter DeFazio

OR

D

N

Diana DeGette

CO

D

N

Mark DeSaulnier

CA

D

N

Lloyd Doggett

TX

D

N

Michael Doyle

PA

D

N

Jeff Duncan

SC

R

N

Tom Emmer

MN

R

N

Eliot Engel

NY

D

N

Veronica Escobar

TX

D

N

Anna Eshoo

CA

D

N

Adriano Espaillat

NY

D

N

Russ Fulcher

ID

R

N

Matt Gaetz

FL

R

N

Mike Gallagher

WI

R

N

Ruben Gallego

AZ

D

N

Jesus Garcia

IL

D

N

Sylvia Garcia

TX

D

N

Louie Gohmert

TX

R

N

Jimmy Gomez

CA

D

N

Vicente Gonzalez

TX

D

N

Paul Gosar

AZ

R

N

Al Green

TX

D

N

H. Morgan Griffith

VA

R

N

Raul Grijalva

AZ

D

N

Glenn Grothman

WI

R

N

Debra Haaland

NM

D

N

Kevin Hern

OK

R

N

Jody Hice

GA

R

N

Clay Higgins

LA

R

N

George Holding

NC

R

N

Jared Huffman

CA

D

N

Bill Huizenga

MI

R

N

Sheila Jackson-Lee

TX

D

N

Pramila Jayapal

WA

D

N

Dusty Johnson

SD

R

N

Mike Johnson

LA

R

N

Jim Jordan

OH

R

N

John Joyce

PA

R

N

Fred Keller

PA

R

N

Mike Kelly

PA

R

N

Joseph Kennedy

MA

D

N

Ro Khanna

CA

D

N

Steve King

IA

R

N

Darin LaHood

IL

R

N

Bob Latta

OH

R

N

Barbara Lee

CA

D

N

Andy Levin

MI

D

N

Ted Lieu

CA

D

N

Zoe Lofgren

CA

D

N

Alan Lowenthal

CA

D

N

Ben Lujan

NM

D

N

Carolyn Maloney

NY

D

N

Thomas Massie

KY

R

N

Ben McAdams

UT

D

N

Tom McClintock

CA

R

N

James McGovern

MA

D

N

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

WA

R

N

Mark Meadows

NC

R

N

Grace Meng

NY

D

N

Alex Mooney

WV

R

N

Gwen Moore

WI

D

N

Markwayne Mullin

OK

R

N

Grace Napolitano

CA

D

N

Joseph Neguse

CO

D

N

Donald Norcross

NJ

D

N

Ralph Norman

SC

R

N

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

NY

D

N

Ilhan Omar

MN

D

N

Frank Pallone

NJ

D

N

Gary Palmer

AL

R

N

Jimmy Panetta

CA

D

N

Bill Pascrell

NJ

D

N

Scott Perry

PA

R

N

Mark Pocan

WI

D

N

Ayanna Pressley

MA

D

N

Jamie Raskin

MD

D

N

John Ratcliffe

TX

R

N

Tom Rice

SC

R

N

Cedric Richmond

LA

D

N

Francis Rooney

FL

R

N

David Rouzer

NC

R

N

Chip Roy

TX

R

N

Lucille Roybal-Allard

CA

D

N

Linda Sanchez

CA

D

N

Janice Schakowsky

IL

D

N

David Schweikert

AZ

R

N

F. James Sensenbrenner

WI

R

N

Jason Smith

MO

R

N

Adam Smith

WA

D

N

Lloyd Smucker

PA

R

N

Ross Spano

FL

R

N

Jackie Speier

CA

D

N

Bryan Steil

WI

R

N

Greg Steube

FL

R

N

Thomas Suozzi

NY

D

N

Mark Takano

CA

D

N

Van Taylor

TX

R

N

William Timmons

SC

R

N

Dina Titus

NV

D

N

Rashida Tlaib

MI

D

N

Paul Tonko

NY

D

N

Norma Torres

CA

D

N

Lori Trahan

MA

D

N

Filemon Vela

TX

D

N

Nydia Velazquez

NY

D

N

Maxine Waters

CA

D

N

Bonnie Watson Coleman

NJ

D

N

Peter Welch

VT

D

N

Ron Wright

TX

R

N

Ted Yoho

FL

R

N

Lee Zeldin

NY

R

N

Ralph Abraham

LA

R

Y

Alma Adams

NC

D

Y

Robert Aderholt

AL

R

Y

Rick Allen

GA

R

Y

Colin Allred

TX

D

Y

Mark Amodei

NV

R

Y

Cindy Axne

IA

D

Y

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

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

Rob Bishop

UT

R

Y

Lisa Blunt Rochester

DE

D

Y

Mike Bost

IL

R

Y

Kevin Brady

TX

R

Y

Anthony Brindisi

NY

D

Y

Susan Brooks

IN

R

Y

Mo Brooks

AL

R

Y

Anthony Brown

MD

D

Y

Julia Brownley

CA

D

Y

Vern Buchanan

FL

R

Y

Larry Bucshon

IN

R

Y

Michael Burgess

TX

R

Y

Cheri Bustos

IL

D

Y

G.K. Butterfield

NC

D

Y

Ken Calvert

CA

R

Y

Salud Carbajal

CA

D

Y

Andre Carson

IN

D

Y

John Carter

TX

R

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

Steve Chabot

OH

R

Y

Liz Cheney

WY

R

Y

David Cicilline

RI

D

Y

Gil Cisneros

CA

D

Y

Katherine Clark

MA

D

Y

Lacy Clay

MO

D

Y

Emanuel Cleaver

MO

D

Y

James Clyburn

SC

D

Y

Tom Cole

OK

R

Y

Doug Collins

GA

R

Y

K. Michael Conaway

TX

R

Y

Gerald Connolly

VA

D

Y

Paul Cook

CA

R

Y

Jim Cooper

TN

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

Joe Cunningham

SC

D

Y

Sharice Davids

KS

D

Y

Susan Davis

CA

D

Y

Rodney Davis

IL

R

Y

Danny Davis

IL

D

Y

Madeleine Dean

PA

D

Y

Rosa DeLauro

CT

D

Y

Suzan DelBene

WA

D

Y

Antonio Delgado

NY

D

Y

Val Demings

FL

D

Y

Scott DesJarlais

TN

R

Y

Ted Deutch

FL

D

Y

Mario Diaz-Balart

FL

R

Y

Debbie Dingell

MI

D

Y

Neal Dunn

FL

R

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

John Garamendi

CA

D

Y

Greg Gianforte

MT

R

Y

Bob Gibbs

OH

R

Y

Jared Golden

ME

D

Y

Anthony Gonzalez

OH

R

Y

Lance Gooden

TX

R

Y

Josh Gottheimer

NJ

D

Y

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

Michael Guest

MS

R

Y

Brett Guthrie

KY

R

Y

James Hagedorn

MN

R

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

Jaime Herrera Beutler

WA

R

Y

Brian Higgins

NY

D

Y

French Hill

AR

R

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

Richard Hudson

NC

R

Y

Will Hurd

TX

R

Y

Hakeem Jeffries

NY

D

Y

Bill Johnson

OH

R

Y

Henry Johnson

GA

D

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

Trent Kelly

MS

R

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

Doug LaMalfa

CA

R

Y

Conor Lamb

PA

D

Y

Doug Lamborn

CO

R

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

Suzanne Lee

NV

D

Y

Debbie Lesko

AZ

R

Y

Mike Levin

CA

D

Y

Daniel Lipinski

IL

D

Y

David Loebsack

IA

D

Y

Billy Long

MO

R

Y

Barry Loudermilk

GA

R

Y

Nita Lowey

NY

D

Y

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MO

R

Y

Elaine Luria

VA

D

Y

Stephen Lynch

MA

D

Y

Tom Malinowski

NJ

D

Y

Sean Maloney

NY

D

Y

Kenny Marchant

TX

R

Y

Roger Marshall

KS

R

Y

Brian Mast

FL

R

Y

Doris Matsui

CA

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

Patrick McHenry

NC

R

Y

David McKinley

WV

R

Y

Jerry McNerney

CA

D

Y

Gregory Meeks

NY

D

Y

Dan Meuser

PA

R

Y

Carol Miller

WV

R

Y

Paul Mitchell

MI

R

Y

John Moolenaar

MI

R

Y

Joseph Morelle

NY

D

Y

Seth Moulton

MA

D

Y

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

FL

D

Y

Stephanie Murphy

FL

D

Y

Greg Murphy

NC

R

Y

Richard Neal

MA

D

Y

Dan Newhouse

WA

R

Y

Devin Nunes

CA

R

Y

Tom O'Halleran

AZ

D

Y

Pete Olson

TX

R

Y

Steven Palazzo

MS

R

Y

Christopher Pappas

NH

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

Katie Porter

CA

D

Y

Bill Posey

FL

R

Y

David Price

NC

D

Y

Mike Quigley

IL

D

Y

Tom Reed

NY

R

Y

Guy Reschenthaler

PA

R

Y

Kathleen Rice

NY

D

Y

Denver Riggleman

VA

R

Y

Martha Roby

AL

R

Y

David Roe

TN

R

Y

Hal Rogers

KY

R

Y

Mike Rogers

AL

R

Y

Max Rose

NY

D

Y

John Rose

TN

R

Y

Harley Rouda

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

John Sarbanes

MD

D

Y

Steve Scalise

LA

R

Y

Mary Scanlon

PA

D

Y

Adam Schiff

CA

D

Y

Bradley Schneider

IL

D

Y

Kurt Schrader

OR

D

Y

Kim Schrier

WA

D

Y

Austin Scott

GA

R

Y

Robert Scott

VA

D

Y

David Scott

GA

D

Y

Terri Sewell

AL

D

Y

Donna Shalala

FL

D

Y

Brad Sherman

CA

D

Y

Mikie Sherrill

NJ

D

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

Darren Soto

FL

D

Y

Abigail Spanberger

VA

D

Y

Greg Stanton

AZ

D

Y

Pete Stauber

MN

R

Y

Elise Stefanik

NY

R

Y

Haley Stevens

MI

D

Y

Chris Stewart

UT

R

Y

Steve Stivers

OH

R

Y

Eric Swalwell

CA

D

Y

Mike Thompson

CA

D

Y

Glenn Thompson

PA

R

Y

Mac Thornberry

TX

R

Y

Scott Tipton

CO

R

Y

Xochitl Torres Small

NM

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

D

Y

Marc Veasey

TX

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

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

Jennifer Wexton

VA

D

Y

Susan Wild

PA

D

Y

Roger Williams

TX

R

Y

Frederica Wilson

FL

D

Y

Joe Wilson

SC

R

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

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