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News for May 21, 2013

Key Vote Alert - "YES" on Sugar Reform Amendment (#925) to the Farm Bill (S. 954)

Posted at 01:59 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: *Key Vote Alert Senate*

KEY VOTE ALERT
"YES" on Sugar Reform Amendment (#925) to the Farm Bill (S. 954)

The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote "YES" on the Toomey-Shaheen sugar reform amendment (#925) to the Senate farm bill (S. 954). Consideration of this amendment is expected this week or next week. The vote on this amendment will be included in the Club's 2013 Congressional Scorecard.

The federal sugar program is a prime example of the federal government wrongly picking winners and losers in the private sector. It dislocates jobs, increases prices for consumers and businesses, and includes a protectionist quota that stifles freer trade.

While this amendment doesn't call for the full elimination of the sugar program (the better solution), it does draw back some of the 2008 farm bill provisions that expanded the program. This includes the wasteful Feedstock Flexibility Program, harmful trade restrictions, and higher price support levels, among other things. We strongly support the passage of this amendment.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 113th 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.



Key Vote Alert - "NO" on Co-Sponsoring the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act (HR 1276)

Posted at 11:00 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: *Key Vote Alert House*
KEY VOTE ALERT
"NO" on Co-Sponsoring the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act (HR 1276)

The Club for Growth is urging all House members to not co-sponsor the protectionist Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act (HR 1276). Members who co-sponsor this bill will receive negative points on the Club's 2013 Congressional Scorecard. Negative points will not be assessed to anyone who is currently a co-sponsor who subsequently removes his name in a reasonable amount time after this alert is officially released.

This proposal would make it easier for the federal government to slap countervailing duties or antidumping duties on any exporting country whose currency is considered misaligned against the U.S. dollar. This is a disastrous proposal that would increase taxes on American businesses and consumers, stall the economic recovery, and spark an ugly trade war.

Supporters of this bill believe that cheap imports are harming our nation's manufacturers, but they fail to realize that imports are often intermediary goods and raw materials, not just final consumer products. These goods are used by our nation's businesses to produce final products that can be sold at competitive prices. And even if supporters of this bill had a valid argument, the better course of action to spur our nation's economy is not to punish another country through higher taxes on ourselves, but by lowering taxes on corporate income, capital gains, and dividends. We strongly urge all members to not only vote against this bill, but to decline co-sponsorship of it.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 113th 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.



Labor Unions Starting to Oppose ObamaCare

Posted at 07:55 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: *Health Care Reform
From The Hill newspaper:

Labor unions are breaking with President Obama on ObamaCare. Months after the president’s reelection, a variety of unions are publicly balking at how the administration plans to implement the landmark law. They warn that unless there are changes, the results could be catastrophic.


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