- Pat Roberts: 65%
- Jerry Moran: 74%
- Kevin Yoder: 77%
- Lynn Jenkins: 79%
- Mike Pompeo: 85%
- Tim Huelskamp: 92%
Obama’s political victory: Getting the GOP to break its tax pledge is “One of the most consequential policy achievements of the last couple of decades.”
Breitbart: “a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts.”
Tax increase for 77% of Americans.
Senate roll call vote. 89 vote yes, 8 vote no.
Sen. Rand Paul votes no: “The deal will do absolutely nothing to save this country.”
Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet (CO) votes “no” - “because the deal did not have meaningful deficit reduction.”
Video, Charles Krauthammer: The House Has Been “Neutered” By Obama
Corporate subsidies in bill – algae, movie studios - Tim Carney at The W ashington Examiner.
Paul Ryan votes “yes.” Erick Erickson: “…he’s not really a leader. He’s more a follower of leaders.”
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.
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.
Heritage Action is the 501c4 lobbying arm of theHeritage Foundation. They’ve released whatDaniel Horowitz at RedState describes as “the first comprehensive conservative report card of Congress.” Horowitz writes, “We can now determine which members of the ‘Tea Party Congress’ drink a hardcore brew.”
Unlike most other scorecards, this one was designed to separate the men from the boys. Most traditional scorecards, and most prominently, the ACU annual report, tend to focus primarily on those votes which fundamentally divide the two parties. They fail to probe some of the more courageous conservative votes against party leadership.
To that end, any Republican who is even minimally conservative is expected to score at or near 100%. After all, at a minimum, any Republican should oppose Obamacare, vote down tax increases, and support the Republican annual budget. This is how the likes of McCain, Graham, and Chambliss have been able to achieve stellar scores. Except for those like Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and Dick Lugar, most Republicans will vote with their party on the final roll call of major bills. In fact, anyone who is not on the list of 100% is someone who has voted with the Democrats in contravention to fundamental Republican values. A perfect ACU score should be the floor, not the ceiling, for a conservative voting record.
The Heritage Action scorecard digs much deeper.
In just the first seven months of the legislative session, they scored 30 votes in the House and 19 in the Senate, many of which dealt with obscure amendments that sought to cut spending beyond the comfort zone of GOP leaders. (more…)