Posts Tagged ‘club for growth’

Republicans in US Senate should kill the anti-capitalist Export-Import bank – Washington Examiner

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Kevin Yoder was the only House member in Kansas to vote for the Export-Import Bank reauthorization, opposed by Club for Growth.  Tim Huelskamp, Lynn Jenkins, and Mike Pompeo voted against it.

Washington Examiner editorial:

Though GOP lawmakers talk a big game about wanting to limit government, they are susceptible to big government if they can be convinced that a given policy benefits big business. To show voters they truly believe in free enterprise, Senate Republicans should work to kill the corporate welfare agency known as the Export-Import Bank.

The Export-Import Bank, known as Ex-Im, is a government agency founded by a 1934 executive order from President Franklin Roosevelt. Its ostensible purpose was to promote U.S. exports by making loan guarantees to foreign buyers. Though Republicans raised a stink when the bankruptcy of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra exposed U.S. taxpayers to $535 million in losses, a large majority of Republican House members voted Wednesday to extend and expand Ex-Im by approving up to $140 billion in loan guarantees. Without congressional action, the agency’s charter would expire at the end of the month.

First Senate primary win for Tea Party – Conservative challenger Richard Mourdock beats 36 year incumbent Richard Lugar

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Club for Growth “Key Vote Alert” – “NO” on Student Loan Subsidies – Supported by Kevin Yoder, Mike Pompeo

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Club for Growth:

KEY VOTE ALERT
“NO” on Student Loan Subsidies (HR 4628)

The Club for Growth urges all House members to vote “NO” on the Interest Rate Reduction Act (HR 4628). The House may consider it on the floor as early as today. A vote on this plan, and perhaps procedural votes, will be included in the Club’s 2012 Congressional Scorecard.

Regardless of the merits, the government should not be in the business of subsidizing student loans.

Before 2007, the interest rate for subsidized Stafford student loans was 6.8%, but House Democrats voted that year to lower the rate to 3.4% for the next four years. This bill would extend that rate for new loans for another year, costing taxpayers $6 billion. It’s bad policy to subsidize student loans in the first place, but the net result will likely drive up tuition costs for all students, making the overall cost of the bill much higher than its current price tag. House Republicans want to offset this subsidy by repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund that was created with the passage of ObamaCare. That fund should indeed be repealed, but fiscal conservatives should only try to repeal the entire law, not just parts of it. And for the most part, the offset is irrelevant. Fiscal conservatives should not be promoting bad policy, which this bill contains.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th 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 our members and to the public.

UPDATE: The bill passed 215-195.

3rd District Congressman Kevin Yoder raises tuition rates for college students by voting for loan subsidies, opposed by Club for Growth

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Club for Growth:

KEY VOTE ALERT
“NO” on Student Loan Subsidies (HR 4628)

The Club for Growth urges all House members to vote “NO” on the Interest Rate Reduction Act (HR 4628). The House may consider it on the floor as early as today. A vote on this plan, and perhaps procedural votes, will be included in the Club’s 2012 Congressional Scorecard.

Regardless of the merits, the government should not be in the business of subsidizing student loans.

Before 2007, the interest rate for subsidized Stafford student loans was 6.8%, but House Democrats voted that year to lower the rate to 3.4% for the next four years. This bill would extend that rate for new loans for another year, costing taxpayers $6 billion. It’s bad policy to subsidize student loans in the first place, but the net result will likely drive up tuition costs for all students, making the overall cost of the bill much higher than its current price tag. House Republicans want to offset this subsidy by repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund that was created with the passage of ObamaCare. That fund should indeed be repealed, but fiscal conservatives should only try to repeal the entire law, not just parts of it. And for the most part, the offset is irrelevant. Fiscal conservatives should not be promoting bad policy, which this bill contains.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th 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 our members and to the public.

UPDATE: The bill passed 215-195.

Tiahrt campaign on Club for Growth rankings: Todd Tiahrt – the proven fiscal conservative

Friday, May 21st, 2010

We have some exciting news from the campaign trail. Yesterday, the fiscal conservative watchdog group Club for Growth released their 2009 Legislative Rankings. This group looks at key votes from the last legislative session and determines who the true fiscal conservatives are from each Congress. I am pleased to announce that Todd received a 90% ranking – again topping his opponent on a conservative scorecard.

Because of his truly fiscal conservative record, Todd has been named a “Defender of Economic Freedom” by the Club for Growth.

Designations like this are extremely important – they cut through the campaign rhetoric and show who the real conservative is in this race.

I also wanted to let you know that the Wall Street Journal yesterday highlighted this race as an example of a staunch conservative candidate like Todd Tiahrt taking on a moderate politician like Jerry Moran.

As Todd travels throughout the state it becomes clear that the momentum is on our side. However, we need the financial support of Kansans like you to keep the momentum going and deliver Todd’s message of conservative principles across this great state.

Thank you for your support. We are fighting to send a real conservative to the U.S. Senate. A conservative you can believe in. Please join us today.

Chuck Knapp

Campaign Manager, Kansans for Tiahrt.

P.S. Your Donation of $50, $100, $500 or even $ 1,000 will go directly to our fight for Conservative Values – please make your donation today.

Editorial — Question for Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt: Would you have voted with Tom Coburn and Pat Roberts on the unconstitutionality of federal earmarks?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

This week, we published the results of a question-and-answer opportunity for Congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt.

Our next question for the two campaigns is on the topic of earmarks.

At Club for Growth, Andrew Roth published a post on July 14 titled, “Earmarks and the Constitution.”

Taxpayer hero Tom Coburn is now using that pesky little thing called THE CONSTITUTION in his fight against pork. From CQ.com ($):

The battle over earmarks moved to a higher plane last week when Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn tried to get his fellow senators to agree that $200,000 designated for a local history museum in Omaha was an affront to the Founding Fathers.

In what may have been the first-ever motion of its kind, Coburn raised a point of order against this project in the fiscal 2010 Legislative Branch appropriations bill, asserting that it violated the Constitution. Coburn’s reasoning: Article I, Section 8 spells out the specific authority of Congress to spend money, and nowhere does it mention local museums. In addition, the 10th Amendment gives the states all powers not granted to Congress, thereby blocking Congress from spending money for just any purpose it decides is appropriate.

That amendment failed 70-23. In other words, 70 senators, including GOP leader Mitch McConnell, believe that earmarks are constitutional. (more…)

Editorial: Do Congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt support John Cornyn’s effort to elect Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Editorial:

In the state of Florida, there is a national battle over the future of the Republican party.

Yesterday, The Washington Times wrote this about the primary race between Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio:  “Florida a bellwether for rebranding.”

The Florida seat is an open one, with no incumbent.  Current Sen. Mel Martinez is retiring.  While Crist would like to pretend to be the incumbent, he is not.

In the Florida primary, it’s all about spending and taxing, issues that are not typically considered to be “controversial” issues with the Republican party of the past 25 years.  But, since about 1998, DC Republicans have gradually lost their way, so much so that party elites now consider higher taxes and wasteful spending to be mainstream; reformers are considered to be “too conservative.” Governor Crist represents the modern party only in the sense that modern party leaders are out of touch with the voters and have led Republicans into an unnecessarily small minority status in Washington. (more…)

The Hill: Club for Growth meets with Rubio

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

The Hill:

Wednesday’s new Quinnipiac poll showed what we continue to know – Marco Rubio has an uphill battle for the Republican Senate nomination in Florida. He trails Gov. Charlie Crist, 54-23.

Fact is, Rubio needs some big help. Enter: the Club for Growth.

The Club interviewed Rubio on Monday, and Executive Director David Keating said it was “impressed.”

Donors have to be skeptical of Rubio’s chances, and a Club endorsement would provide him both money and legitimacy.

“We are very concerned about the two major tax increases Charlie Crist recently signed and believe there’s no excuse for his active support of the Obama big-government ‘stimulus’ spending bill,” Keating said. “We are actively considering the race, but have made no decision yet.”

Pittsburgh column: Former Congressman, Club for Growth chief Pat Toomey likes his chances for Senate

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Post-Gazette:

By switching from the Republican Party to the Democrats — after many times saying he wouldn’t — the longtime incumbent has raised the issues of credibility and trust, Mr. Toomey told the Pennsylvania Press Club today.

“He’s introduced a huge question about whether he can be trusted,” the former three-term congressman from the Lehigh Valley said. “He crisscrossed the commonwealth repeatedly insisting he was not going to leave the Republican Party, that he would stay in the party to the end.

“(He said) that it was vitally important that Republicans retain 41 votes (in the Senate) to provide a check on unlimited Democratic control. Then he took one look at a poll, saw that he probably couldn’t win (the GOP primary in 2010) and broke his word. I think that Democratic voters will ask themselves — if Republicans couldn’t trust him, why can we?”

Mr. Toomey, 47, former head of a conservative group called the Club For Growth, said he’d expected “to beat Arlen Specter soundly in the Republican primary, but I had no idea I would drive him clear out of the party.”

 

 

Club for Growth asks: ‘Will Crist Pull a Specter?’

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Press Release:

Club for Growth Asks, “Will Crist Pull a Specter?”

Washington – Politicians often run for office saying they won’t raise taxes, but then quickly turn their backs on the taxpayer. This week, Florida’s one-term governor, Charlie Crist, proved he’s just another politician after pledging to oppose tax increases and then signaling his support for a massive tax hike. (“Crist says he’ll sign cigarette tax into law,” Fox 13 Tampa Bay, 5/20/09).

At the same time, Crist also said he would have voted in favor of President Obama’s unprecedented spending spree, joining then-Republican Senator Arlen Specter as one of only three Republicans in the entire Congress to support the so-called stimulus bill.

In light of his support this week for tax increases and massive federal spending, the Club for Growth would like to ask Governor Crist whether he would pledge that if elected to the Senate he would remain a Republican, and not follow fellow liberal Arlen Specter’s switch to the Democratic Party if he felt his political survival depended on it. (“Crist defends stimulus-bill support,” Orlando Sentinel, 5/19/09).

“Charlie Crist has shown he’s willing to say one thing and do another,” said the Club’s President, Chris Chocola. “Voters deserve to know just how far he’ll go for the sake of political expediency.”

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Club for Growth: Battered Republican Syndrome

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Club for Growth:

I don’t know what’s wrong with people like Ramesh Ponnuru and Lindsey Graham. Over at the National Review, Ponnuru blamed the Club for pushing Specter to the Democratic Party, calling us, “The Club for Shrinkage.” Senator Graham lamented Specter’s switch-a-roo, saying, “I don’t want to be a member of the Club for Growth. I want to be a member of a vibrant national Republican Party that can attract people from all corners of the country.” (more…)

Video: new Club for Growth president on CNN

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Chris Chocola on CNN:

Fox Business Interview with Andy Roth on Earmarks

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Club for Growth’s Andy Roth:

Recent message from Pat Toomey at Club for Growth

Friday, March 6th, 2009

From fundraising letter from Pat Toomey:

Talk about nerve. Barack Obama has been president for only a month and already the liberals are declaring victory.

In a cover story last week, the left-leaning New Republic declared, “CONSERVATISM IS DEAD.” And Newsweek magazine joined in, boldly declaring on its front cover: “WE ARE ALL SOCIALISTS NOW.”

EXCUSE ME?!?!?!?

Since when does Newsweek speak for all Americans? Maybe the liberal pundits at Newsweek and the New Republic have given up on our country, but here at the Club for Growth, we have not thrown in the towel yet. Somebody better put the liberals on notice: At the Club for Growth, we are vowing to fight this attack on Capitalism with every bone in our body. (more…)