Key Vote Alert: Senate – “No” the Appropriations Minibus

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The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote NO on the Appropriations Minibus. The results of this vote will be included in the Club for Growth Foundation’s 2023 congressional scorecard.

The Club for Growth opposes the Appropriations Minibus which includes the following three Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations bills:

  • Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
  • Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies
  • Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.

The passage of the so-called “Fiscal Responsibility Act” (FRA) earlier this year was another triumph of Big Government and the reckless, inflationary spending that far too many members remain addicted to. However, Senate negotiators have marked up these three appropriations bills at even higher levels of discretionary spending than the FRA provided through emergency spending designations. In addition to the $10.84 billion in additional cap-adjusted spending authority, the Senate Amendment would facilitate $36.811 billion in previously enacted so-called “emergency spending” designations that blow through the already insufficient spending controls provided by the FRA. This brings total budget authority facilitated by the minibus to $316.087 billion – $47.651 billion higher than what many conservatives were led to believe would be the true “cap” on spending in these divisions set by the FRA.

The hubris of Senate leaders is a slap in the face to Americans suffering from high inflation, record interest rates and a $1.7 trillion annual deficit in FY2023. It is imperative to rescind previously emergency-designated spending and return to pre-COVID spending discretionary spending levels absent gimmicks that fleece hardworking taxpayers. Club for Growth urges Senators to oppose this fiscally reckless legislation.

Club for Growth Foundation’s Congressional Scorecard for the 118th 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

284

Vote Date

November 1, 2023

Vote Counts

YEAs:

82

NAYs:

15

Not Voting:

3

Name

State

Party

Vote Position

Tammy Baldwin

WI

D

Y

John Barrasso

WY

R

N

Michael Bennet

CO

D

Y

Marsha Blackburn

TN

R

Y

Richard Blumenthal

CT

D

Y

Cory Booker

NJ

D

Y

John Boozman

AR

R

Y

Mike Braun

IN

R

N

Katie Britt

AL

R

Y

Sherrod Brown

OH

D

Y

Ted Budd

NC

R

N

Laphonza Butler

CA

D

Y

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

Y

Susan Collins

ME

R

Y

Christopher Coons

DE

D

Y

John Cornyn

TX

R

Y

Catherine Cortez Masto

NV

D

Y

Tom Cotton

AR

R

Y

Kevin Cramer

ND

R

Y

Mike Crapo

ID

R

N

Ted Cruz

TX

R

N

Steve Daines

MT

R

Y

Tammy Duckworth

IL

D

Y

Richard Durbin

IL

D

Y

Joni Ernst

IA

R

N

John Fetterman

PA

D

Y

Deb Fischer

NE

R

Y

Kirsten Gillibrand

NY

D

Y

Lindsey Graham

SC

R

Y

Chuck Grassley

IA

R

Y

Bill Hagerty

TN

R

Y

Maggie Hassan

NH

D

Y

Josh Hawley

MO

R

N

Martin Heinrich

NM

D

Y

John Hickenlooper

CO

D

Y

Mazie Hirono

HI

D

Y

John Hoeven

ND

R

Y

Cindy Hyde-Smith

MS

R

Y

Ron Johnson

WI

R

N

Tim Kaine

VA

D

Y

Mark Kelly

AZ

D

Y

John Kennedy

LA

R

Y

Angus King

ME

I

Y

Amy Klobuchar

MN

D

Y

James Lankford

OK

R

Y

Mike Lee

UT

R

A

Ben Lujan

NM

D

Y

Cynthia Lummis

WY

R

N

Joe Manchin

WV

D

Y

Edward Markey

MA

D

Y

Roger Marshall

KS

R

Y

Mitch McConnell

KY

R

Y

Robert Menendez

NJ

D

Y

Jeff Merkley

OR

D

Y

Jerry Moran

KS

R

Y

Markwayne Mullin

OK

R

Y

Lisa Murkowski

AK

R

Y

Christopher Murphy

CT

D

Y

Patty Murray

WA

D

Y

Thomas Ossoff

GA

D

Y

Alex Padilla

CA

D

Y

Rand Paul

KY

R

N

Gary Peters

MI

D

Y

Jack Reed

RI

D

Y

Pete Ricketts

NE

R

N

Jim Risch

ID

R

N

Mitt Romney

UT

R

Y

Jacky Rosen

NV

D

Y

Mike Rounds

SD

R

Y

Marco Rubio

FL

R

Y

Bernie Sanders

VT

I

Y

Brian Schatz

HI

D

Y

Eric Schmitt

MO

R

N

Chuck Schumer

NY

D

Y

Rick Scott

FL

R

N

Tim Scott

SC

R

A

Jeanne Shaheen

NH

D

Y

Krysten Sinema

AZ

I

Y

Tina Smith

MN

D

Y

Debbie Stabenow

MI

D

Y

Dan Sullivan

AK

R

Y

Jon Tester

MT

D

Y

John Thune

SD

R

Y

Thom Tillis

NC

R

A

Tommy Tuberville

AL

R

N

Chris Van Hollen

MD

D

Y

J.D. Vance

OH

R

Y

Mark Warner

VA

D

Y

Raphael Warnock

GA

D

Y

Elizabeth Warren

MA

D

Y

Peter Welch

VT

D

Y

Sheldon Whitehouse

RI

D

Y

Roger Wicker

MS

R

Y

Ron Wyden

OR

D

Y

Todd Young

IN

R

Y

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