“YES” ON SIGNING THE LEE LETTER TO COMMIT AGAINST REPEALING THE BAN ON EARMARKS

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Club for Growth supports a letter being circulated by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) which commits Senators to vote against repealing the ban on earmarks and pledges against participating in the wasteful spending practice that is prone to abuse. Whether a Senator signs the Lee letter will be included in the Club for Growth Foundation’s 2021 Congressional Scorecard.

Club for Growth strongly opposes earmarking in federal spending. Earmarks, member directed appropriations, or community project funding, — whatever they’re called – are the currency of corruption in the DC Swamp. While earmarks make up a small part of federal spending, they are used as legalized bribery to force Members of Congress to accept a small amount of funding for a pet project in a Congressional District in exchange for a large amount of federal spending that too often is not scrutinized by Members of Congress, Congressional staff, or the American public at-large.

Club for Growth encourages all Senators to sign the Lee Letter.  The Culture of Corruption in the federal government is too often accommodated through federal earmarks. Federal spending is broken in Washington. Instead of Congress using earmarks as a way to accommodate federal spending, Congress should work on spending reforms that will decrease the federal deficit, balance the federal budget, and begin to pay down the national debt – without increasing taxes on individuals or businesses.

Club for Growth Foundation’s Congressional Scorecard for the 117th 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

Yes

Required for Majority

1/2

Vote Results

Vote Number

0

Vote Date

April 19, 2021

Vote Counts

YEAs:

0

NAYs:

0

Not Voting:

100

Name

State

Party

Vote Position

Tammy Baldwin

WI

D

N

John Barrasso

WY

R

Y

Michael Bennet

CO

D

N

Marsha Blackburn

TN

R

N

Richard Blumenthal

CT

D

N

Roy Blunt

MO

R

N

Cory Booker

NJ

D

N

John Boozman

AR

R

N

Mike Braun

IN

R

Y

Sherrod Brown

OH

D

N

Richard Burr

NC

R

N

Maria Cantwell

WA

D

N

Shelley Capito

WV

R

N

Benjamin Cardin

MD

D

N

Thomas Carper

DE

D

N

Bob Casey

PA

D

N

Bill Cassidy

LA

R

N

Susan Collins

ME

R

N

Christopher Coons

DE

D

N

John Cornyn

TX

R

Y

Catherine Cortez Masto

NV

D

N

Tom Cotton

AR

R

N

Kevin Cramer

ND

R

N

Mike Crapo

ID

R

N

Ted Cruz

TX

R

Y

Steve Daines

MT

R

Y

Tammy Duckworth

IL

D

N

Richard Durbin

IL

D

N

Joni Ernst

IA

R

Y

Dianne Feinstein

CA

D

N

Deb Fischer

NE

R

N

Kirsten Gillibrand

NY

D

N

Lindsey Graham

SC

R

N

Chuck Grassley

IA

R

N

William Hagerty

TN

R

N

Maggie Hassan

NH

D

N

Josh Hawley

MO

R

Y

Martin Heinrich

NM

D

N

John Hickenlooper

CO

D

N

Mazie Hirono

HI

D

N

John Hoeven

ND

R

N

Cindy Hyde-Smith

MS

R

N

James Inhofe

OK

R

N

Ron Johnson

WI

R

Y

Tim Kaine

VA

D

N

Mark Kelly

AZ

D

N

John Kennedy

LA

R

N

Angus King

ME

I

N

Amy Klobuchar

MN

D

N

James Lankford

OK

R

Y

Patrick Leahy

VT

D

N

Mike Lee

UT

R

Y

Ben Lujan

NM

D

N

Cynthia Lummis

WY

R

Y

Joe Manchin

WV

D

N

Edward Markey

MA

D

N

Roger Marshall

KS

R

N

Mitch McConnell

KY

R

N

Robert Menendez

NJ

D

N

Jeff Merkley

OR

D

N

Jerry Moran

KS

R

N

Lisa Murkowski

AK

R

N

Christopher Murphy

CT

D

N

Patty Murray

WA

D

N

Thomas Ossoff

GA

D

N

Alex Padilla

CA

D

N

Rand Paul

KY

R

Y

Gary Peters

MI

D

N

Rob Portman

OH

R

Y

Jack Reed

RI

D

N

Jim Risch

ID

R

Y

Mitt Romney

UT

R

Y

Jacky Rosen

NV

D

N

Mike Rounds

SD

R

N

Marco Rubio

FL

R

Y

Bernie Sanders

VT

I

N

Ben Sasse

NE

R

Y

Brian Schatz

HI

D

N

Chuck Schumer

NY

D

N

Rick Scott

FL

R

Y

Tim Scott

SC

R

N

Jeanne Shaheen

NH

D

N

Richard Shelby

AL

R

N

Krysten Sinema

AZ

D

N

Tina Smith

MN

D

N

Debbie Stabenow

MI

D

N

Dan Sullivan

AK

R

N

Jon Tester

MT

D

N

John Thune

SD

R

N

Thom Tillis

NC

R

N

Pat Toomey

PA

R

Y

Thomas Tuberville

AL

R

Y

Chris Van Hollen

MD

D

N

Mark Warner

VA

D

N

Raphael Warnock

GA

D

N

Elizabeth Warren

MA

D

N

Sheldon Whitehouse

RI

D

N

Roger Wicker

MS

R

N

Ron Wyden

OR

D

N

Todd Young

IN

R

N

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