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03/17/2014

Club for Growth PAC Releases New Instructional Video: “How To Tell That Mike Simpson Is A R.I.N.O”

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1281
 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “It’s easy to tell that Mike Simpson is a RINO. He’s a big-spending, tax-increasing, government-run-health-care-supporting, bailout-backing, school-choice-opposing, liberal who is the poster child for term limits.”  

Washington, DC - Today, the Club for Growth PAC released a new web video explaining how to tell that liberal Republican Congressman Mike Simpson is a Republican in Name Only. The video highlights several of Mike Simpson’s more liberal statements, including his ludicrous assertion that the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street was constitutional and his contention that “You don’t want to eliminate the EPA,” a position that puts him far outside the mainstream with Idaho voters who have been hammered by that agency under President Obama:  

To view the Club’s new instructional video, entitled “How To Tell That Mike Simpson Is A R.I.N.O.”, click here or go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuidpgOMXKI 

“Mike Simpson is a Republican In Name Only with a voting record that’s out of step with Idaho Republicans and the rest of the Republican party,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “He’s the only Idaho Republican serving today that voted for the Wall Street bailout, big-spending appropriations bills signed into law by President Obama and the only one to vote to raise the debt limit without one dollar of spending cuts attached. Mike Simpson’s days in Congress are numbered because his liberal record is catching up to him, and Idaho voters are going to hold him accountable.” 

“It’s easy to tell that Mike Simpson is a RINO. He’s a big-spending, tax-increasing, government-run-health-care-supporting, bailout-backing, school-choice-opposing, liberal who is the poster child for term limits. We hope this video will help those that have not studied his record as closely,” added Chocola.  

Source Videos For Clips in The Web Video:  

Simpson talks about breaking his pledge never to raise taxes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws4Hw1_ITxw

Simpson: I voted for SCHIP and voted to override Bush on it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT0N3gS3wsU

Simpson: You can't just do away with the EPA”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geW3WqEzgyw

Simpson: “You Don't Want To Ban Eamarks”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxE8SZUCqXE

 My name is Mike Simpson, and I voted for the 700 billion dollar bailout”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR87zI1pVqs

Simpson claims TARP is constitutional: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn7nzjjnjlE


03/12/2014

Club for Growth PAC Endorses Dan Sullivan For U.S. Senate

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1280
 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “In the Senate, Dan Sullivan will continue the fight for economic freedom and we can’t wait to see him help deliver for America the kinds of pro-growth policies he’s already delivered for Alaska.” 

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today announced that it is endorsing former Alaska Attorney General and Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan for the United States Senate in Alaska. The seat is currently held by incumbent Democrat United States Senator Mark Begich: 

“Dan Sullivan is a fiscal conservative with a stellar track record in Alaska and we strongly endorse him for the United States Senate.” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Dan has fought for pro-growth tax reform, taken on ObamaCare in court, and beaten back federal overreach by Obama’s EPA. In the Senate, Dan Sullivan will continue the fight for economic freedom and we can’t wait to see him help deliver for America the kinds of pro-growth policies he’s already delivered for Alaska.” 

“Liberal Democrat Senator Mark Begich has been a disaster in the United States Senate. He votes for the Obama agenda nearly every chance he gets, from ObamaCare to Obama’s failed stimulus, and he works with Harry Reid to stymie pro-growth policies from passing the Senate. But just replacing Mark Begich with another Republican is not enough – the next Republican Senate Majority must consist of the right kind of Republicans – Senators like Pat Toomey, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Tim Scott, Mike Lee, Tom Coburn, and Rand Paul. Chris McDaniel, Ben Sasse, Tom Cotton, and now Dan Sullivan in Alaska are the next generation of candidates needed to ensure not only a Republican Senate majority, but also a fiscally conservative majority within that majority,” added Chocola. 


03/10/2014

Club for Growth Action Ad Campaign In Idaho Calls Mike Simpson “Just Too Liberal”

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1279
 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Career politician Mike Simpson is one of the most liberal, anti-taxpayer Republicans serving in Congress today, which is exactly why it’s so critical that Idaho voters replace him with a constitutional conservative like Bryan Smith.”  

Washington, DC - Today, Club for Growth Action announced a new TV ad campaign in Idaho’s Second Congressional District. The ads criticize 15-year incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Simpson for supporting the Wall Street bailout, along with his vote for a bigger Obama stimulus, raising the debt limit without any spending cuts, and spending millions of dollars on a park in Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco. The Club for Growth PAC has endorsed fiscal conservative Bryan Smith for the seat: 

The TV ads will start running tomorrow on broadcast and cable throughout the district. 

To view Club for Growth Action’s new TV ad, entitled “The Facts,” click here or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf5HmqgP8sE

“Career politician Mike Simpson is one of the most liberal, anti-taxpayer Republicans serving in Congress today, which is exactly why it’s so critical that Idaho voters replace him with a constitutional conservative like Bryan Smith,”
said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Mike Simpson voted to bail out Wall Street, for a bigger Obama stimulus bill, and to raise the debt limit by trillions with no spending cuts attached. The choice for Idaho Republicans is clear – the pro-bailout, pro-Obama stimulus spending, pro-debt choice of Mike Simpson, or the anti-bailout, limited-government, pro-free market choice of Bryan Smith.” 

Script for “The Facts” (TV :30)

THE FACTS ABOUT MIKE SIMPSON.

HE VOTED FOR THE TAXPAYER BAILOUT OF WALL STREET.

VOTED TO INCREASE THE NATIONAL DEBT BY TRILLIONS, WITHOUT ANY SPENDING CUTS.

SIMPSON TEAMED UP WITH DEMOCRATS TO SUPPORT A BIGGER OBAMA STIMULUS BILL, AND SPEND MILLIONS ON A PARK IN NANCY PELOSI’S DISTRICT IN SAN FRANCISCO.

MIKE SIMPSON: JUST TOO LIBERAL.

CLUB FOR GROWTH ACTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THIS ADVERTISING.


02/27/2014

Club for Growth Salutes Camp Tax Reform Plan

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1277
 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “We particularly applaud Chairman Camp’s willingness to take on the special interests that predictably screamed bloody murder as soon as he put out his blueprint.”

 

Washington, DC – Today, the Club for Growth issued the following statement on House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp’s proposal for tax reform:

 

“While we don't agree with everything in this plan, we strongly support the attempt by Chairman Camp to put together a pro-growth plan for tax reform, and there is much to like in his proposal,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “This plan will broaden the base while at the same time lowering marginal income tax rates, and it will save Americans billions in lost productivity spent on complying with the current behemoth. We particularly applaud Chairman Camp's willingness to take on the special interests that predictably screamed bloody murder as soon as he put out his blueprint. This plan takes on the big corporations that for too long have seen the Republican Party as nothing more than a rubber-stamp for crony capitalism. It sends the message that some Republicans believe in liberty and economic freedom for all Americans, not just those that can hire a well-connected lobbyist. The elimination of most or all market-distorting energy subsidies, while at the same time lowering the corporate tax rate to 25%, is a particularly laudatory move.”

 

“At the same time, there are also some things within Chairman Camp's plan that we do not support, and two in particular we strongly oppose,"continued Chocola. "The first is the treatment of capital gains as ordinary income. While some will point to the large exclusion of 40%, this change would harm investment and provide a disincentive for capital formation, along with setting a horrible precedent for future drafts of tax reform. Capital gains are not ordinary income. Instead, reformers should use the savings from further eliminating deductions and loopholes to completely eliminate taxes on investment, which is already taxed once at the corporate level. The second is the idea to earmark revenue raised from tax reform to the highway trust fund. The words 'highway trust fund' have no place in a plan for tax reform. Instead of continuing the failed system of a federal highway system run by government central planners, most or all of the gas tax should be devolved back to the states, who are in a far better position to choose whether or not to fund their infrastructure priorities than bureaucrats and politicians in Washington.”

 

“We would welcome an opportunity to work with leaders in both parties to improve this plan and increase its potentially huge pro-growth effects. The new revenue generated by a such a plan would be perfect for a down-payment on the massive national debt that threatens our long-term economic security. Instead of running from Chariman Camp's plan, as many in both parties are doing, we see potential for future legislation that could earn bi-partisan support and a full-throated endorsement from the Club for Growth,” concluded Chocola.

 


02/26/2014

Club for Growth: Follow Hensarling’s Lead On Flood Insurance

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1276
Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “House Republican Leadership wants to stick taxpayers with the bill for higher subsidies to beach-front properties, but Congressman Hensarling took a principled stand.”

Washington, DC – Today, the Club for Growth issued the following statement commending Congressman Jeb Hensarling’s leadership in opposition to the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HR 3370), which would unwind and partly repeal the much-needed Biggert-Waters reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program:

“Congressman Jeb Hensarling’s leadership on Flood Insurance deserves recognition. House Republican Leadership wants to stick taxpayers with the bill for higher subsidies to beach-front properties, but Congressman Hensarling took a principled stand,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “As the House Financial Services Committee Chairman, Congressman Hensarling has long advocated for reforming the Flood Insurance program, so it’s no surprise that GOP leaders are refusing to run the bill through his committee, and instead, are negotiating directly with the Democrats. Republicans in the House could learn a lot by following Congressman Hensarling’s lead when it comes to protecting taxpayers and increasing economic freedom.”

02/24/2014

Club for Growth Releases 2013 Scorecard

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1275

Senators Cruz (TX) and Lee (UT) receive perfect scores in 2013; Nine Current Senators Named “Defenders of Economic Freedom” 

Washington, DC - Today, the Club for Growth released its 2013 Congressional Scorecard, which ranks the voting behavior of members of Congress based on issues relating to limited government and economic growth. 

To view the Club for Growth's 2013 Congressional Scorecard and all prior Scorecards, click here, or go to: www.ClubForGrowth.org/Projects 

“2013 saw the emergence of several new defenders of economic freedom as well as continued excellence among old allies,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Some members have seen their voting records improve and will be honored this year with recognition of their efforts for the first time. While there are more champions of pro-economic growth policy serving in Congress than at any time before, it’s clear that our fight against the big spenders in both parties has a long way to go.” 

This year, 31 members of Congress will receive the Club for Growth’s Defender of Economic Freedom Award. Starting in 2011, The Club for Growth required Representatives and Senators to not only score 90 or better on votes cast in a year, but to also have a lifetime score or “LifeScore” of at least 90. 

Highlights from the Club for Growth's 2013 Congressional Scorecard:
       Two United States Senators received perfect scores in 2013: Ted Cruz (TX) and Mike Lee (UT) – both of whom also qualify for the Defender of Economic Freedom Award.

       Senators Pat Toomey (PA), Marco Rubio (FL), Rand Paul (KY), Tom Coburn (OK), Jim Inhofe (OK), Tim Scott (SC) and Jim Risch (ID) had 2013 scores and LifeScores high enough to qualify for the Defender of Economic Freedom Award.

       22 current House members who received scores of 90 percent or better in 2013 also had LifeScores of 90 or better to qualify for the Defender of Economic Freedom Award.

       Four members of Congress received 100 percent ratings in 2013. Of those, one also has a 100 percent LifeScore: Freshman Congressmen Matt Salmon (AZ-05). Congressmen Trent Franks (AZ-08), David Schweikert (AZ-06), and Tom McClintock (CA-04) all received 100 percent scores in 2013. Congressman Justin Amash (MI-03) received a 99 percent, but because of rounding has a 100 percent LifeScore.

       Freshmen who scored a 90% or above in 2013 include Congressmen Salmon (AZ-05), DeSantis (FL-06), Bridenstine (OK-01), Sanford (SC-01), Massie (KY-04), Cotton (AR-04), Wenstrup (OH-02), and Perry (PA-04).

       Nineteen Senate Democrats scored zero in 2013. Every Senate Democrat received a 20% or worse, and only three Democrats received higher than 10%.  

       Republican Leadership scores in 2013 were: Boehner: N/A, Cantor: 68%, McCarthy: 53%, McMorris Rodgers: 59%, Lankford: 70%, Ryan: 79%.

       Democratic leadership scores in 2013 were: Pelosi: 12%, Hoyer: 19%, Clyburn: 15%, Becerra: 12%, Van Hollen: 15%.

       The highest scoring Democrat was a tie between Congressman Jim Matheson (UT-04) and Congressman Mike McIntyre (NC-07), each with a 40%. They scored higher than four Republicans : Representatives Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Grimm (NY-11) and Gibson (NY-19). Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Grimm (NY-11), and Gibson (NY-19) tied for last among Republicans, each with a 37%.


02/20/2014

New Club for Growth Action TV And Radio Ads Say Cochran’s Name All Over Tax Hikes, Bailouts And Debt In Washington

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1274
 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Senator Thad Cochran has his name plastered over all sorts of buildings in Mississippi, but in Washington, his name is all over debt limit increases, tax hikes, and bailouts.”  

Washington, DC - Today, Club for Growth Action announced a new TV and radio ad campaign in Mississippi’s Senate race. The ads criticize Mississippi Republican Senator Thad Cochran for supporting tax increases, bailouts, and debt ceiling increases during his 42 years in Washington. The Club for Growth PAC has endorsed State Senator Chris McDaniel for the seat. 

The TV ads will start running tomorrow on broadcast and cable throughout Mississippi. The radio ads will also run statewide. 

To view Club for Growth Action’s new TV ad, entitled “Buildings,” click here or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU9AE5XbRAc

To listen to Club for Growth Action’s new Radio ad, entitled “Name,” click here or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP1iH9cvA_Q 

“Senator Thad Cochran has his name plastered over all sorts of buildings in Mississippi, but in Washington, his name is all over debt limit increases, tax hikes, and bailouts,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Thad Cochran couldn’t care less about the national debt – that’s why he’s voted to increase the debt limit 20 times and votes for every big-government item in the book, from voting to create the Department of Education in the 1970s under Jimmy Carter to supporting George H.W. Bush’s tax increase in the 1990s to funding ObamaCare today. After 42 years in Washington, Thad Cochran and his liberal voting record has led us to $17 trillion in debt with no end in sight.” 

“The choice is clear: Mississippi Republicans can have more taxpayer-funded buildings named after Thad Cochran. Or they can have a fiscal conservative who won’t mortgage the future of our children so he can have an aquaculture center named after himself. Voters will make the final judgment.” added Chocola.  

Script for “Buildings” (TV :30) 

IN MISSISSIPPI, THAD COCHRAN’S NAME IS ON LOTS OF BUILDINGS. 

IN WASHINGTON, COCHRAN’S NAME IS ON BAILOUTS, TAX HIKES, AND DEBT . . . LOTS OF DEBT. 

COCHRAN’S VOTED TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING TWENTY TIMES, PUTTING OUR CHILDREN TRILLIONS MORE IN THE HOLE. 

THAD COCHRAN: AFTER FORTY-TWO YEARS IN WASHINGTON, IT’S TIME FOR A CONSERVATIVE CHANGE. 

CLUB FOR GROWTH ACTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THIS ADVERTISING. 

Script for “Name” (Radio :60) 

IN MISSISSIPPI, SENATOR THAD COCHRAN’S NAME IS ON LOTS OF BUILDINGS. 

IN WASHINGTON, THAD COCHRAN’S NAME IS ON LOTS OF OTHER THINGS . . .

BAILOUTS, TAX HIKES, AND DEBT . . . LOTS OF DEBT. 

THAD COCHRAN’S VOTED TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING TWENTY TIMES, PUTTING OUR CHILDREN TRILLIONS MORE IN THE HOLE. 

EVEN ON OBAMACARE, COCHRAN IS A COMPROMISER. 

SURE, HE VOTED AGAINST OBAMACARE, JUST LIKE EVERY REPUBLICAN. 

BUT COCHRAN THEN VOTED FOR BUDGETS THAT FUNDED OBAMACARE AND KEPT IT GOING. 

THAD COCHRAN’S DONE SOME GOOD THINGS FOR MISSISSIPPI, BUT AFTER FORTY-TWO YEARS IN WASHINGTON, IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE. 

IT’S TIME FOR A CONSERVATIVE. 

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01/31/2014

Club for Growth Action Adds Jamestown Associates To Media Team

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1273
 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “We look forward to the opportunity to utilize their services on races like Chris McDaniel’s in Mississippi and Ben Sasse’s in Nebraska.” 

Washington, DC - Today, Club for Growth Action announced that it has added Jamestown Associates to its media production team. Club for Growth Action also released the following statement: 

“We’ve long admired Jamestown Associates for their creativity, winning record in tough campaigns, and the quality of their product,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “When we heard recently that they would have more time to work with Club for Growth Action we immediately seized the opportunity. We look forward to the opportunity to utilize their services on races like Chris McDaniel’s in Mississippi and Ben Sasse’s in Nebraska.” 


01/15/2014

Club for Growth Action Ads in Michigan Highlight Pro-Tax Increase and Big Government Record of Brian Ellis

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1271
 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Brian Ellis is a tax-hiking, corporate welfare-loving, big-spending politician. A record like that belongs in the Democratic primary, not the Republican one.”  

Washington, DC - Today, Club for Growth Action announced a new TV and radio ad campaign in Michigan’s 3rd congressional district. The ads criticize congressional candidate Brian Ellis for supporting tax and spending increases, his record on the East Grand Rapids school board, and his time doling out corporate welfare on the Michigan Strategic Fund. The Club for Growth PAC has endorsed incumbent Congressman Justin Amash for re-election. 

The TV ads will start running tomorrow on broadcast and cable throughout Michigan’s third Congressional District. The radio ads will also run throughout the district. 

To view Club for Growth Action’s new TV ad, entitled “Fit Right In,” click here or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cGIj-4LpL4

To view Club for Growth Action’s new Radio ad, entitled “Golf,” click here or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ppdb5HNvJxA 

“Club for Growth Action strongly supports Justin Amash because he fights for economic freedom and individual liberty,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “In Congress, Justin has demonstrated time and time again a willingness to stand up to the big spenders in both parties. Club members are excited to help re-elect him this November.” 

“Brian Ellis is a tax-hiking, corporate welfare-loving, big-spending politician. A record like that belongs in the Democratic primary, not the Republican one,” added Chocola. 

Script for “Fit Right In” (TV :30) 

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF BRIAN ELLIS? 

ON THE EAST GRAND RAPIDS SCHOOL BOARD, ELLIS RAISED PROPERTY TAXES, HIKED SPENDING, AND LEFT MASSIVE DEFICITS. 

ON JENNIFER GRANHOLM’S STRATEGIC FUND, ELLIS WASTED OUR TAX DOLLARS ON A GOLF RESORT AND PRODUCTION OF GOURMET MUSHROOMS AND PET FOOD. 

NOW BRIAN ELLIS IS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS. 

SOUNDS LIKE HE’D FIT RIGHT IN. 

CLUB FOR GROWTH ACTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THIS ADVERTISING. 

Script for “Golf” (Radio :60) 

GOLF. 

GREAT GAME.  

BUT DO WE WANT OUR TAX DOLLARS SPENT ON A LUXURY PRIVATE GOLF RESORT? 

THAT’S WHAT BRIAN ELLIS SUPPORTED AS A MEMBER OF JENNIFER GRANHOLM’S MICHICAN STRATEGIC FUND. 

THAT’S NOT ALL. 

BRIAN ELLIS WASTED OUR MONEY ON CORPORATE WELFARE TO PROMOTE PRODUCTION OF EXOTIC GOURMET MUSHROOMS AND PET FOOD. 

YA CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP. 

ON THE EAST GRAND RAPIDS SCHOOL BOARD, BRIAN ELLIS RAISED PROPERTY TAXES, SPENT OBAMA STIMULUS MONEY, AND LEFT MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR DEFICITS. 

SAME OLD BIG GOVERNMENT STORY. 

ONLY THIS TIME, IT’S DIFFERENT. 

NOW BRIAN ELLIS IS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS. 

JUST WHAT WE NEED IN WASHINGTON -- ANOTHER BIG TAXING, BIG SPENDING, CORPORATE WELFARE LOVING POLITICIAN. 

SAY NO TO BRIAN ELLIS. 

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01/14/2014

Club for Growth Calls Harry Reid’s Unemployment Insurance Offset a “Joke”

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1270
 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Is Harry Reid’s proposal a joke? Only in Washington is a something considered an ‘offset’ when the spending cut is ten years from now but the spending increase is today.” 

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement on Harry Reid’s proposal to offset an extension of Unemployment Insurance benefits by extending sequestration cuts to Medicare providers by one year from 2023 to 2024. 

“Is Harry Reid’s proposal a joke? Only in Washington is a something considered an ‘offset’ when the spending cut is ten years from now but the spending increase is today,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Even liberal Democrats like Steny Hoyer have seen the flaw in that logic. We’ve played this fiscal shell game too many times. First Republicans and Democrats raised the debt limit by trillions and promised to do sequestration if we couldn’t get our debt under control. Then Republicans and Democrats partially undid sequestration with the Ryan-Murray budget and promised to pay for it with cuts a decade from now. Why don’t we just pay for everything by promising to cut spending twenty years from now? Or a hundred?” 

“The longer we fail to address the drivers of our debt and deficit, the more harm we do to our long-term economic future. It’s sad that the big spenders in both parties continue to hide behind budgetary fantasies instead of getting serious about our spending addiction,” added Chocola. 

Even liberal Democrats like Steny Hoyer agree: offsets in the future are not offsets 

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) on Reid’s Unemployment Insurance  offset proposal: “Frankly, if you adopt that logic, why don’t we extend it to 2054 and fund everything we want to do?”: Under the Reid proposal, approximately $17 billion would be raised for an unemployment insurance extension this year by prolonging sequestration’s 2 percent cut to Medicare into 2024. The same ploy was used to help pass a budget deal this past December with bipartisan support (the cuts were extended into 2022 and 2023). But Hoyer argued that to do so again made little policy sense. “Frankly, if you adopt that logic, why don’t we extend it to 2054 and fund everything we want to do?” Hoyer said. “I just think the sequester is not a proper premise on which to base funding.” (Huffington Post, 1/10/14)




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