Club for Growth Endorses Graves Bill To Defund ObamacareLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1237
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement on the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution (H.J.Res. 62) that defunds Obamacare while funding the rest of the government at sequestration levels:
“The Club for Growth strongly supports the legislation offered by Congressman Tom Graves to save America from Obamacare,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Obamacare has already done immeasurable damage to economic growth, and even labor unions like the AFL-CIO think that it should be repealed. Republicans, Democrats, and independents are united in opposition to this horrible piece of legislation and momentum is building to stop it.”
Club for Growth Statement On Reported Cantor CR ProposalLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1235
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement on newsreports that the House Republican leadership is preparing to offer a Continuing Resolution through a legislative procedure that will allow House Republicans to vote for a bill that will wind up funding Obamacare, without having their “fingerprints” on it:
From Politico: Most simply the procedure calls for sending the Senate a stopgap spending bill together with a resolution that would alter the text of the bill once it’s enrolled for presentation to President Barack Obama.In this case, the so-called “enrollment correction” would bar funding to carry out Public Law 111-148, Obama’s signature health care reforms. But the Democratic-controlled Senate retains the right to choose: accepting the spending resolution with or without the “correction.”
From National Review: Under the Cantor plan, the House would vote on two measures, the CR and a resolution that amends the CR to defund Obamacare. Both measures would be brought under a rule that allows the Senate to send only the clean CR to the president, but only after they first vote on whether to defund Obamacare. If the Senate voted against defunding Obamacare, they could then pass the clean CR.
“Are these news reports from The Onion? Or are they real?” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “When members were at home over recess, did they hear their constituents ask for legislative tricks or principled leadership? Trying to fool Republicans into voting to fund Obamacare is even worse than offering a bill that deliberately funds it. I hope this proposal is nothing more than a bad joke and is quickly discarded. Republicans should simply do what they say they are for by passing a Continuing Resolution that doesn’t fund Obamacare.”
Mike Simpson Endorsed By California Democrat, Lobbyist, Al Gore and Hillary Clinton Supporter Cal DooleyLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1233
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today issued the following statement in response to news that an organization headed by former California Democrat Representative Cal Dooley is supporting Rep. Mike Simpson’s re-election campaign:
“Why should anyone be surprised that a California Democrat, Lobbyist, and Hillary Clinton supporter is backing Mike Simpson for Congress?” asked Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Mike Simpson is a liberal who has abandoned his promise never to vote for a tax increase, voted to bail out Wall Street and even for keeping the spending in the failed Obama stimulus. Mike Simpson can have the support of all the California liberals he wants – Idaho’s fiscal conservatives are backing Bryan Smith for Congress.”
Democrat Lobbyist Cal Dooley and Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson – Two Peas in a Pod
An organization run by former Congressman Cal Dooley (D-CA) is running ads in Idaho supporting incumbent Congressman Mike Simpson: And Boehner’s support for Simpson means the incumbent will benefit in other ways. This week, the American Chemistry Council, a Washington, D.C.-based group headed up by former California Democratic Rep. Cal Dooley, another longtime Boehner friend, began running a TV advertisement heaping praise on the Idaho congressman. (Politico, 8/11/13)
Former California Cal Dooley is a registered lobbyist. (Source: House Clerk, accessed 8/12/13)
ü Simpson has received $222,718 from registered lobbyists. (Source: OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/13)
Dooley gave $1,000 to Al Gore. (Source: FEC records)
Dooley gave $2,300 to Hillary Clinton. (Source: FEC records)
Dooley gave $1,000 to Mike Simpson. (Source: FEC records)
Dooley voted for tax hikes and against tax cuts while in Congress
Dooley voted against the Bush tax cuts (RCV #225, 2003; RCV #118, 2001)
Dooley voted for the Clinton tax hike (RCV #406, 1993)
Dooley voted against a constitutional amendment requiring a 2/3rds majority to raise taxes (RCV #78, 1997)
Simpson is a “moderate”, who “rapidly switched from opposing tax cuts to embracing them” and abandoned his pledge not to raise taxes
Idaho Statesman in 2004: “Simpson’s leftward shift infuriates conservatives:” Simpson represents what has been one of America's most conservative congressional districts. A lapsed Mormon who opposed the landmark 1990 anti-abortion bill and the 1994 anti-gay initiative and tax credits for private schools, he's never been a right-wing hero. Now, he's broadening his appeal and winning the loyalty of moderates who worship quality of life in Ada County, the fast-growing part of his district… "He's going to be a rock star," said Johnson, the Conservation League director. Simpson's leftward shift infuriates conservatives. Former Sen. Stan Hawkins, who chickened out on challenging Simpson in 1998, says he's being urged to run in 2006. But Hawkins is blind to a changing Idaho. (The Idaho Statesman, 10/15/2004)
Simpson is “considered a moderate”: Considered a moderate in the Republican Party compared to other eastern Idaho elected officials, Simpson sounded only conservative themes to appeal to the more conservative voters who turn out in strength in Republican primaries. (Idaho Falls Post Register, 3/26/98)
When he ran for Congress in 1998, Simpson “rapidly switched from opposing tax cuts to embracing them.”: The other night in Twin Falls, 2nd District House candidate Mike Simpson no doubt did his best to explain why he, like the congressman he hopes to replace, Mike Crapo, had rapidly switched from opposing tax cuts to embracing them. But he, like Crapo, is stuck pushing a shoddy product just the same. (Lewiston Morning Tribune, 10/5/98)
Simpson on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: “I didn’t know I was signing a marriage agreement that would last forever.”: Meanwhile, 40 GOP House members signed on to Ribble's letter this month, organized with Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., signaling that everything, including revenue increases, should be on the table in an effort to "go big." A National Journal analysis found that the 100 members who signed the letter were quite representative of the House as a whole, which suggests that, if the super committee can come to an agreement, Congress may well do something big…Similarly, when asked on Fox News whether the letter would upset Norquist, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, said of the pledge: "I didn't know I was signing a marriage agreement that would last forever, and I think that the majority of members of Congress understand that you have to have additional revenue." (National Journal, 11/10/11)
Simpson was one of just 16 Republicans to vote for the 2012 “Cooper-Latourette” budget that raised taxes and repealed the sequester. (RCV #141, 2012)
Americans for Tax Reform said that the budget that Simpson voted for “raises taxes by $1.2 trillion.”: By their own numbers, this budget raises taxes by $1.2 trillion. They do this by calling for a net income tax hike disguised as tax reform. In exchange for sharply curtailing income tax deductions and credits, their budget calls for the top tax rate to be lowered to between 23 and 29 percent. While this may sound like tax reform, it isn't. Even after this is accomplished, federal tax coffers are still swollen by at least an additional $1.2 trillion over the decade relative to a current policy baseline. This is a net tax hike disguised as fundamental tax reform, which is supposed to be a revenue-neutral exercise in cleaning up the tax code. (Americans For Tax Reform, 3/28/12)
Americans for Tax Reform said the tax increase “may be even bigger than $2 trillion”: The tax hike may be even bigger than $2 trillion. Back when the Simpson-Bowles report came out, Congressman Ryan said the actual tax increase was not $1 trillion, as the report claimed, but over $2 trillion. The Heritage Foundation said that the tax hike was closer to $3.3 trillion. Since this budget is based off of Simpson-Bowles, it's fair to question whether the authors have been honest with Members about the size of their net tax increase. (Americans For Tax Reform, 3/28/12)
Simpson was one of just 85 Republicans who voted for the fiscal cliff tax increase. (Roll Call Vote #659, 2012)
Idaho Statesman: “Simpson supported” the bill that “raised taxes on individuals making more than $400,000”: Last year, Labrador attended at least two Lincoln Day events in the 2nd District, which is represented by eight-term Republican Mike Simpson. The two have sharply differed on budget issues, with Labrador voting against continuing the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class because the bill raised taxes on individuals making more than $400,000. Simpson supported the bill. (The Idaho Statesman, 2/28/2013)
Simpson “I said before the election if Obama was re-elected, tax rates are going to up”: Simpson was hopeful but skeptical that Congress could resolve the issue during its lame-duck session. He handily won re-election in one of the most conservative districts in the nation -- Idaho's 2nd -- even though he said that increasing revenues had to be on the table. "I said before the election if Obama was re-elected, tax rates are going to up," he said. Now that the tax vote is out of the way, there is more interest in a grand deal, Simpson said. "I noticed more people are saying we should have just done Simpson-Bowles," he said. (The Idaho Statesman, 1/6/2013)
Simpson receives low rankings from conservative organizations
ü Citizens Against Government Waste has called Simpson “Hostile” to the Taxpayer (Source)
ü The National Taxpayers Union has given Simpson a “C” rating (Source)
ü Heritage Action for America gave Simpson a 47% (Source)
ü FreedomWorks has given Simpson scores as low as 30%: (Source)
Simpson Has Repeatedly Voted with A Minority Of His Own Party To Grow Government
ü Simpson was one of just 3 Republicans who voted against blocking funding for ACORN (RCV #397, 2011)
ü Simpson was one of just 9 Republicans who voted against DC School Choice (RCV #204, 2011)
ü Simpson was one of just 12 Republicans to join with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats to oppose an amendment offered by Paul Ryan that would have capped spending as a percentage of GDP (RCV #610, 2009)
ü Simpson was one of just 16 Republicans to vote for a budget alternative to the Ryan Budget that would have raised taxes by over a trillion dollars. (RCV #145, 2012)
ü Simpson was one of just 42 Republicans who voted against stripping the spending out of the Obama stimulus (RCV #42, 2009)
ü Simpson was one of just 41 Republicans who voted against cutting $1.2 million from the Botanic Gardens (RCV #371, 2012), and was one of 88 Republicans who voted against cutting $3.2 million from the Botanical Gardens. (RCV #624, 2011)
ü Simpson was one of just 52 Republicans to vote against early grade school vouchers. (RCV #521, 1999)
ü Simpson was one of just 60 Republicans to vote against tougher regulations on mortgage lenders. (RCV #242, 2009)
ü Simpson was one of just 65 Republicans who voted for the first version of TARP. (RCV #674, 2008)
ü Simpson was one of just 66 Republicans to vote against school vouchers. (RCV #524, 1999)
ü Simpson was one of just 55 Republicans to vote to raise the debt limit by trillions. (RCV #690, 2011)
ü Simpson was one of just 77 Republicans to vote for Cash for Clunkers. (RCV #682, 2009)
ü Simpson was one of just 85 Republicans who voted for the “fiscal cliff” tax increase that resulted in higher taxes for 80% of Americans. (RCV #659, 2012)
ü Simpson was one of just 89 Republicans who voted to fund the “Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service.” (RCV #678, 2007)
ü Simpson was just one of 100 Republicans who voted to against cutting spending on NPR by 1%. (RCV #263, 2000)
Club for Growth Opposes Yoho Resolution On Sugar SubsidiesLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1231
Washington, DC - The Club for Growth issued the following statement today criticizing H.Con.Res. 39, a resolution expressing the sense of Congress from Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) that calls for the elimination of sugar subsidies only if other countries agree to eliminate their own sugar subsidies:
“Congressman Yoho’s legislation is misguided – why should Americans continue to pay higher prices for food if other countries want to sell us cheap sugar?” asked Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “The argument made by supporters of Yoho’s bill is the same as saying we won’t stop banging our head against the wall until everyone else stops banging their heads against the wall. That sort of protectionist reasoning is not in line with free market principles. Free trade benefits all Americans in the form of lower prices, greater variety, and better quality goods, and we should eliminate barriers to trade any chance we get – regardless of what other countries do.”
“Yoho’s bill is clearly part of a public relations scheme dreamed up by lobbyists from Big Sugar in an attempt to dupe members of Congress and other conservative groups. The Club for Growth will not be fooled by this tactic and strongly supports eliminating our ridiculous sugar subsidies once and for all,” added Chocola.
New Club for Growth Action TV Ads Keep The Pressure On Mark PryorLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1230
Washington, DC - Today, Club for Growth Action announced a six-figure TV ad buy saying that liberal Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor “has a lot to answer for.” The ad will start running throughout Arkansas on broadcast and cable stations tomorrow.
Club for Growth Action’s new thirty second spot pushes Arkansans to ask Senator Pryor why he voted for ObamaCare, the bridge to nowhere in Alaska, and why he thinks supporting President Obama 95% of the time is good for Arkansas.
“Why does Mark Pryor continue to defend ObamaCare, wasteful spending, and his support for the Obama agenda when he knows all of those things are bad for Arkansas?” asked Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Mark Pryor stands with Obama on every important issue, and it’s time that he’s held accountable for his actions. Arkansas voters should replace liberal Democrat and Obama ally Mark Pryor with fiscally conservative taxpayer hero Tom Cotton – he’ll stand up to Obama and the job-killing Obama agenda.”
Script for “One Question” (TV :30)
IF YOU COULD ASK MARK PRYOR ONE QUESTION, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
WOULD YOU ASK WHY HE CONTINUES TO SUPPORT OBAMACARE?
OR WHY HE VOTES FOR TRILLIONS IN DEBT, INCLUDING WASTING OUR MONEY ON ALASKA’S BRIDGE TO NOWHERE?
OR HOW SUPPORTING BARACK OBAMA’S AGENDA NINETY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE TIME IS GOOD FOR ARKANSAS?
LIBERAL MARK PRYOR: HE’S GOT A LOT TO ANSWER FOR.
CLUB FOR GROWTH ACTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THIS ADVERTISING.
Club for Growth PAC Endorses Tom Cotton For U.S. SenateLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1229
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today endorsed Congressman Tom Cotton for U.S. Senate in Arkansas. The seat is currently held by incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Pryor:
“Tom Cotton is a taxpayer hero and a fighter against the Obama agenda,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Incumbent Senator Mark Pryor voted for ObamaCare, for the failed Obama stimulus, and with Obama to bail out the Wall Street banks. There’s no question that Mark Pryor is Obama’s greatest ally in Arkansas. Club members strongly support replacing left-wing Democrat and Obama supporter Mark Pryor with fiscally conservative Republican Tom Cotton, and we suspect Arkansans do as well.”
Club for Growth PAC Calls On Simpson To Vote No On Funding For ObamaCareLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1227
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today called on Representative Mike Simpson to vote no on funding ObamaCare through the appropriations process or the continuing resolution. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) has signed a letter promising not to vote for any continuing resolution that funds ObamaCare, and Idaho’s 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador also opposes funding ObamaCare.
Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) is circulating a letter urging Republican leadership to defund ObamaCare through the appropriations process. As of today, Congressman Raul Labrador has signed the letter, but Simpson has not.
“Will Mike Simpson vote to fund ObamaCare, or will he stand with Idaho taxpayers and his fellow Republicans in opposing ObamaCare?” asked Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Either Mike Simpson supports ObamaCare or he doesn’t, and if he votes to fund it, Idaho voters can only assume he supports it.”
Club for Growth Supports Hensarling GSE Reform BillLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1226
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement on House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s bill to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The bill, H.R. 2767, passed in committee today by a vote of 30-27:
“Congressman Jeb Hensarling is a long-time fighter for pro-growth policies, and his bill to eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would do wonders for the long-term strength of our economy,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “The federal government shouldn’t play a distortionary role in the private housing market, and Congressman Hensarling deserves the thanks of the American people for fighting to end Fannie and Freddie once and for all. The Club for Growth supports his legislation and Congress should vote in favor of eliminating this enormous liability that threatens taxpayers each and every day it exists.”
Statement on Kentucky’s Senate RaceLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1225
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC issued the following statement on Kentucky’s Senate race:
“The Club for Growth PAC met with Matt Bevin many months ago, and we’d like to hear more about his candidacy and the differences between him and Senator McConnell on the issues,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “The Club’s PAC will watch Kentucky’s Senate race – as it would with any race – over the coming months to determine if our involvement is warranted.”
Club for Growth Asks McConnell To Sign Letter Promising Not To Fund ObamaCareLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1224
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement calling on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to sign a letter circulated by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) promising not to fund ObamaCare through any budget or the continuing resolution in September:
“If Senator McConnell is committed to defunding ObamaCare, then he should sign the Lee letter and promise not to support a continuing resolution or any budget that funds ObamaCare,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “We are disappointed by rumors that Senate Republican leadership is pressuring Senators not to sign Lee’s letter or to remove their names – they should instead encourage others to sign on.”
“The 15 Senators who have signed Senator Lee’s letter are fighting to protect millions of Americans from the travesty that is ObamaCare. Senate Republicans should unite behind their efforts,” added Chocola.