Is Mike Simpson an “Alec Baldwin Republican”?Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1261
Washington, DC – Today, the Club for Growth PAC asked if Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson is an “Alec Baldwin Republican” – noting that Simpson received a visit from the left-wing actor just a few months after he was one of just 22 Republicans to vote against a $20 million dollar cut to the National Endowment for the Arts:
Idaho Republican Mike Simpson (Center) with liberal Hollywood actors and Obama supporters Alec Baldwin (Left) and Kevin Spacey (Right) on April 5th, 2011.
“When Mike Simpson had the opportunity to save $20 million dollars on government funding for the arts, he stood with Alec Baldwin and just 21 other liberal Republicans in voting no,” said Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Like Alec Baldwin, Mike Simpson sees no problem with frivolously spending our tax dollars, just as when he voted to spend millions of tax dollars on a Jazz Museum in Missouri, a Lobster Institute in Maine, and the ‘Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service’ in New York City. Mike Simpson’s big-government voting record is more in touch with the values of Hollywood liberal Alec Baldwin than it is with the people of Idaho.”
Idaho RINO Mike Simpson: Alec Baldwin Values?
Mike Simpson spoke to a group of actors advocating against cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): Just a few short weeks ago, actors Alec Baldwin, Kerry Washington, Kevin Spacey, and Hill Harper joined more than 550 arts advocates representing 40 states from across the country on Capitol Hill for National Arts Advocacy Day 2011. This year’s event took place at a critical time when legislators were battling over program cuts to reduce the deficit. The day began with the Congressional Arts Kickoff where several members of Congress spoke to advocates about the importance of arts funding. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), who chairs the subcommittee that oversees funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Smithsonian, said that while some in Congress believe that government should not support the arts, “I respectfully disagree.” (ArtsBlog, 4/27/11)
Simpson was one of just 22 liberal Republicans to vote against a 20.6 million dollar cut to the NEA. (RCV #68, 2011)
Like Alec Baldwin, Mike Simpson supports wasting tax dollars on frivolous projects
· Simpson voted for $200,000 to fund new exhibits at American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, MO (RCV #679, 2007)
· Simpson voted for $200,000 for the Lobster Institute in Orono, ME (RCV #735, 2007)
· Simpson voted for $2,000,000 for a new Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service in New York City (RCV #678, 2007)
· Simpson received a 1% on the Club for Growth’s 2009 “RePork Card” for voting once out of 68 opportunities to cut a wasteful pork project. (Source)
o Note: The Average Republican Score was 57%.
· Simpson received a 4% on the Club for Growth’s 2007 “RePork Card” for voting once out of 50 opportunities to cut a wasteful pork project. (Source)
o Note: The Average Republican Score was 43%.
Mike Simpson Backed By Group That Supports ObamaCare Expansion In IdahoLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1260
Washington, DC – Today, the Club for Growth PAC noted that the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, which has already announced the creation of a Super-PAC to support Mike Simpson’s re-election, has also endorsed ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion in Idaho.
In response, the Club for Growth PAC issued the following statement:
“Does Mike Simpson support or oppose expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare in Idaho, just as his supporters in the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry do?” asked Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Medicaid expansion will cost taxpayers billions and stick future generations with the bill. Conservatives across the country are rejecting ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, and Mike Simpson should have to answer if he joins with the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry in supporting ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion in Idaho.”
Will Mark Pryor Join With President Clinton And Call On President Obama To Honor His Pledge On ObamaCare?Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1257
Washington, DC – Today, former Arkansas Governor and President Bill Clinton reacted to news that millions of Americans and thousands of Arkansans are having their health insurance cancelled under ObamaCare. President Clinton said: “I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got."
In response to President Clinton’s comments, the Club for Growth PAC issued the following statement:
“Does Mark Pryor agree with President Clinton that President Obama should honor his commitment to the American people and allow those who have lost their plans to keep their plans?” asked Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Because of ObamaCare, thousands of Arkansans have lost their health insurance, and premiums are doubling. Mark Pryor needs to decide what he thinks is more important: the people of Arkansas or President Obama and his disastrous health care law.”
Club for Growth PAC Endorses Justin Amash For CongressLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1256
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today announced that it is endorsing incumbent Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) for re-election:
“Justin Amash has a lifetime 100% on the Club for Growth Scorecard, which means that no one fights harder for economic freedom and pro-growth policies in Washington,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Justin has proven time and time again that he will do everything he can to represent Michigan taxpayers and defend the constitution, even if that bothers the big spenders in the both parties. Club members stand with Justin Amash and we look forward to seeing him re-elected next November.”
Club for Growth PAC To Senate Democrats: Enlist Mike Simpson In Your Efforts To Raise Minimum WageLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1254
Washington, DC – In response to news that Liberal Senate Democrats are pushing to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, the Club for Growth PAC today noted that Mike Simpson strongly supported and voted for raising the minimum wage back in 2007, and suggested that Senate Democrats contact Simpson’s office in order to garner support for a vote on raising the minimum wage in the House:
“If Senate Democrats are looking for someone to help them get a vote in the House on raising the minimum wage, they should go ask Mike Simpson.” said Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Mike Simpson has voted for raising the minimum wage before, and he even tried to convince his friend Speaker Boehner to hold a vote on it the last time the Republicans held the majority. For Republican support of an awful, anti-growth piece of legislation, Democrats in Congress can always count on Idaho’s Mike Simpson.”
Mike Simpson and The Minimum Wage
Simpson pressed Boehner to allow a vote on raising the minimum wage in 2006: House Majority Leader John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, apparently has reversed himself on allowing a vote on the minimum wage and will bring the measure to the floor before the end of the legislative year, Rep. Ray LaHood said. LaHood, R-Ill., a proponent of a minimum wage increase, said he and several other members approached Boehner June 20 after the leader told reporters he would "probably not" allow a vote on a minimum wage bill this year…Other members who approached Boehner about changing his mind were Reps. David L. Hobson, R-Ohio, and Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, both longtime allies of the majority leader. (Congressional Quarterly Today, 6/21/06)
Simpson voted in committee with the Democrats to add a minimum wage increase to a 2007 spending bill: Democrats won a significant, if temporary, victory Tuesday when the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to a fiscal 2007 spending bill that would gradually increase the minimum wage to $7.25. The amendment, offered by Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., would raise the minimum wage $2.10 by Jan. 1, 2009. It was added to the draft spending bill for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education by a vote of 32-27. The underlying appropriations bill was approved by voice vote. The Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved the measure June 7…. Seven Republicans voted for the amendment: Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri, Ray LaHood of Illinois, Don Sherwood of Pennsylvania, Mike Simpson of Idaho, John E. Sweeney and James T. Walsh of New York, and C.W. Bill Young of Florida. (Congressional Quarterly Today, 6/13/06)
Simpson voted to increase the minimum wage in 2007. (RCV #18, 2007)
Club for Growth PAC Endorses Ben Sasse For U.S. SenateLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1251
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today announced that it is endorsing Midland University College President Ben Sasse for United States Senate in Nebraska. The seat is currently held by incumbent United States Senator Mike Johanns, who is not running for re-election in 2014:
“Ben Sasse is the rare candidate who can clearly and forcefully prosecute the case against ObamaCare, not only because it’s an unconstitutional assault on our liberty, but also because he’s read every word of it.” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “We need more Senators like Ben Sasse who will stand on principle to challenge the big-government status quo in Washington and his unique skill-set makes him ideal for the job. Club members look forward to strongly supporting Ben Sasse for the U.S. Senate.”
Club for Growth Blasts Froman Comment In Support Of Combining TPA With TAALink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1250
Washington, DC - The Club for Growth today issued the following statement in response to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman’s comments that Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) should be combined with Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).
According to POLITICO: U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said today that aid for workers displaced by foreign trade should be included when Congress takes up a trade promotion authority bill. “We’ve always insisted that trade adjustment assistance be part of the package,” Froman said at the SelectUSA summit in Washington. “Our hope is that as Congress takes up trade promotion authority, they will marry it to trade adjustment assistance so that we can move this forward.” (POLITICO Pro, 11/1/13)
“Trade Adjustment Assistance is a massive and duplicative government entitlement program that was expanded by Obama’s failed stimulus,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “It has no business being combined with Trade Promotion Authority.”
Club for Growth Urges Senators To Vote No On Cloture On Watt NominationLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1249
Washington, DC - The Club for Growth today urged Senators to vote against cloture on President Obama’s nomination of Congressman Mel Watt (D-NC) to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The Club’s Key Vote Alert on the Watt nomination can be found here:
“Congressman Mel Watt is not at issue – the policies he will pursue as head of FHFA are,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Mel Watt will almost certainly pursue a write-down of mortgage debt, which is a massive taxpayer-subsidized bailout that would create a massive moral hazard.”
“Make no mistake – a vote for cloture on Mel Watt is simply a vote for a massive taxpayer-funded bailout, and the Club for Growth will treat it as such on our Congressional scorecard,” added Chocola.
New TV Ads By Club for Growth Action Promote Chris McDaniel In MississippiLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1245
Washington, DC - Today, Club for Growth Action announced a new TV ad campaign in Mississippi that promotes State Senator Chris McDaniel as the “strong, conservative leader Mississippi needs in the U.S. Senate.” The ad will start running tomorrow on broadcast and cable throughout Mississippi.
“Chris McDaniel doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk when it comes to the fight for economic freedom,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Career politicians and big government liberals are bankrupting our country, and that’s exactly why we need Chris McDaniel fighting for us in Washington. Club for Growth Action will continue to strongly support his candidacy for the United States Senate.”
Script for “Had Enough?” (TV :30)
WASHINGTON’S A MESS.
GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE.
CAREER POLITICIANS BANKRUPTING OUR COUNTRY.
CHRIS MCDANIEL IS A CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVE WITH BACKBONE.
IN THE LEGISLATURE, HE STOOD UP TO THE BIG SPENDERS IN BOTH PARTIES.
IN COURT, HE REPRESENTED MISSISSIPPI AGAINST OBAMACARE.
CHRIS MCDANIEL: THE NEW, STRONG, CONSERVATIVE LEADER MISSISSIPPI NEEDS IN THE U.S. SENATE.
CLUB FOR GROWTH ACTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THIS ADVERTISING.
Club for Growth PAC Endorses Chris McDaniel For U.S. SenateLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1244
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today announced that it is endorsing State Senator Chris McDaniel for United States Senate in Mississippi. The seat is currently held by incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, who has not announced his intention to run for re-election:
“Senator Chris McDaniel represents the next generation of conservative leadership that Mississippi Republicans are waiting for,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “In the State Senate, Chris McDaniel led Mississippi’s fight against ObamaCare, opposed harmful tax increases, and stood strong against the big spenders in Jackson. It’s no wonder his colleagues named him the leader of Mississippi’s conservatives in the Mississippi State Senate and we have no doubt he’ll be a leader in the fight for economic freedom in the United States Senate.”
“Mississippi needs a strong fiscal conservative in the Senate who will fight President Obama and his agenda of higher taxes and bigger government. Senator Chris McDaniel is ready to take the fight straight to the liberals in Washington who have led us to $17 trillion in debt. Club members look forward to strongly supporting his candidacy in the primary and general elections next year,” added Chocola.