“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:

20

NAYs:

80

Not Voting:

0

Name

State

Party

Vote Position

Tammy Baldwin

WI

D

N

Michael Bennet

CO

D

N

Richard Blumenthal

CT

D

N

Cory Booker

NJ

D

N

Sherrod Brown

OH

D

N

Maria Cantwell

WA

D

N

Benjamin Cardin

MD

D

N

Thomas Carper

DE

D

N

Robert Casey

PA

D

N

Christopher Coons

DE

D

N

Catherine Cortez Masto

NV

D

N

Tammy Duckworth

IL

D

N

Richard Durbin

IL

D

N

Dianne Feinstein

CA

D

N

Kirsten Gillibrand

NY

D

N

Maggie Hassan

NH

D

N

Martin Heinrich

NM

D

N

John Hickenlooper

CO

D

N

Mazie Hirono

HI

D

N

Tim Kaine

VA

D

N

Mark Kelly

AZ

D

N

Amy Klobuchar

MN

D

N

Patrick Leahy

VT

D

N

Ben Lujan

NM

D

N

Joe Manchin

WV

D

N

Edward Markey

MA

D

N

Robert Menendez

NJ

D

N

Jeff Merkley

OR

D

N

Christopher Murphy

CT

D

N

Patty Murray

WA

D

N

Thomas Ossoff

GA

D

N

Alex Padilla

CA

D

N

Gary Peters

MI

D

N

Jack Reed

RI

D

N

Jacky Rosen

NV

D

N

Brian Schatz

HI

D

N

Chuck Schumer

NY

D

N

Jeanne Shaheen

NH

D

N

Krysten Sinema

AZ

D

N

Tina Smith

MN

D

N

Debbie Stabenow

MI

D

N

Jon Tester

MT

D

N

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

Ron Wyden

OR

D

N

Angus King

ME

I

N

Bernie Sanders

VT

I

N

John Barrasso

WY

R

Y

Marsha Blackburn

TN

R

N

Roy Blunt

MO

R

N

John Boozman

AR

R

N

Mike Braun

IN

R

Y

Richard Burr

NC

R

N

Shelley Moore Capito

WV

R

N

Bill Cassidy

LA

R

N

Susan Collins

ME

R

N

John Cornyn

TX

R

Y

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

Joni Ernst

IA

R

Y

Deb Fischer

NE

R

N

Lindsey Graham

SC

R

N

Chuck Grassley

IA

R

N

Bill Hagerty

TN

R

N

Josh Hawley

MO

R

Y

John Hoeven

ND

R

N

Cindy Hyde-Smith

MS

R

N

James Inhofe

OK

R

N

Ron Johnson

WI

R

Y

John Kennedy

LA

R

N

James Lankford

OK

R

Y

Mike Lee

UT

R

Y

Cynthia Lummis

WY

R

Y

Roger Marshall

KS

R

N

Mitch McConnell

KY

R

N

Jerry Moran

KS

R

N

Lisa Murkowski

AK

R

N

Rand Paul

KY

R

Y

Rob Portman

OH

R

Y

Jim Risch

ID

R

Y

Mitt Romney

UT

R

Y

Mike Rounds

SD

R

N

Marco Rubio

FL

R

Y

Ben Sasse

NE

R

Y

Rick Scott

FL

R

Y

Tim Scott

SC

R

N

Richard Shelby

AL

R

N

Dan Sullivan

AK

R

N

John Thune

SD

R

N

Thom Tillis

NC

R

N

Pat Toomey

PA

R

Y

Tommy Tuberville

AL

R

Y

Roger Wicker

MS

R

N

Todd Young

IN

R

N

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