“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

Lisa Murkowski

AK

R

N

Dan Sullivan

AK

R

N

Richard Shelby

AL

R

N

Thomas Tuberville

AL

R

Y

John Boozman

AR

R

N

Tom Cotton

AR

R

N

Mark Kelly

AZ

D

N

Krysten Sinema

AZ

D

N

Dianne Feinstein

CA

D

N

Alex Padilla

CA

D

N

Michael Bennet

CO

D

N

John Hickenlooper

CO

D

N

Richard Blumenthal

CT

D

N

Christopher Murphy

CT

D

N

Thomas Carper

DE

D

N

Christopher Coons

DE

D

N

Marco Rubio

FL

R

Y

Rick Scott

FL

R

Y

Thomas Ossoff

GA

D

N

Raphael Warnock

GA

D

N

Mazie Hirono

HI

D

N

Brian Schatz

HI

D

N

Joni Ernst

IA

R

Y

Chuck Grassley

IA

R

N

Mike Crapo

ID

R

N

Jim Risch

ID

R

Y

Tammy Duckworth

IL

D

N

Richard Durbin

IL

D

N

Mike Braun

IN

R

Y

Todd Young

IN

R

N

Roger Marshall

KS

R

N

Jerry Moran

KS

R

N

Mitch McConnell

KY

R

N

Rand Paul

KY

R

Y

Bill Cassidy

LA

R

N

John Kennedy

LA

R

N

Edward Markey

MA

D

N

Elizabeth Warren

MA

D

N

Benjamin Cardin

MD

D

N

Chris Van Hollen

MD

D

N

Susan Collins

ME

R

N

Angus King

ME

I

N

Gary Peters

MI

D

N

Debbie Stabenow

MI

D

N

Amy Klobuchar

MN

D

N

Tina Smith

MN

D

N

Roy Blunt

MO

R

N

Josh Hawley

MO

R

Y

Cindy Hyde-Smith

MS

R

N

Roger Wicker

MS

R

N

Steve Daines

MT

R

Y

Jon Tester

MT

D

N

Richard Burr

NC

R

N

Thom Tillis

NC

R

N

Kevin Cramer

ND

R

N

John Hoeven

ND

R

N

Deb Fischer

NE

R

N

Ben Sasse

NE

R

Y

Maggie Hassan

NH

D

N

Jeanne Shaheen

NH

D

N

Cory Booker

NJ

D

N

Robert Menendez

NJ

D

N

Martin Heinrich

NM

D

N

Ben Lujan

NM

D

N

Catherine Cortez Masto

NV

D

N

Jacky Rosen

NV

D

N

Kirsten Gillibrand

NY

D

N

Chuck Schumer

NY

D

N

Sherrod Brown

OH

D

N

Rob Portman

OH

R

Y

James Inhofe

OK

R

N

James Lankford

OK

R

Y

Jeff Merkley

OR

D

N

Ron Wyden

OR

D

N

Bob Casey

PA

D

N

Pat Toomey

PA

R

Y

Jack Reed

RI

D

N

Sheldon Whitehouse

RI

D

N

Lindsey Graham

SC

R

N

Tim Scott

SC

R

N

Mike Rounds

SD

R

N

John Thune

SD

R

N

Marsha Blackburn

TN

R

N

William Hagerty

TN

R

N

John Cornyn

TX

R

Y

Ted Cruz

TX

R

Y

Mike Lee

UT

R

Y

Mitt Romney

UT

R

Y

Tim Kaine

VA

D

N

Mark Warner

VA

D

N

Patrick Leahy

VT

D

N

Bernie Sanders

VT

I

N

Maria Cantwell

WA

D

N

Patty Murray

WA

D

N

Tammy Baldwin

WI

D

N

Ron Johnson

WI

R

Y

Shelley Capito

WV

R

N

Joe Manchin

WV

D

N

John Barrasso

WY

R

Y

Cynthia Lummis

WY

R

Y

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