After Illinois Election Night: The Club for Growth is 0-2

Statement by former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), President of the Main Street Partnership

(Washington, DC) – Last night, Republican primary voters went to the polls in Illinois and voted to nominate Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL). Both Kinzinger and Schock had been targeted by the Club for Growth’s “Primary My Congressman” campaign. In response, former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), President of the Main Street Partnership, issued the following statement:

“Last night, the voters of Illinois went to the polls and ignored the Club for Growth and chose to nominate their Congressmen – Aaron Schock and Adam Kinzinger – for another term. The Club for Growth launched a “Primary My Congressman” campaign that was aimed at 10 Republican members of Congress that have had the audacity to govern on behalf of their constituents rather than at the behest of the New York and DC millionaire special interests at the Club for Growth.

“So far the Club is a perfect 0 for 2, and losing is something the Club for Growth should get used to – last night’s losses are just the beginning.”

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The Main Street Partnership is dedicated to promoting and building a pragmatic, thoughtful, fiscally conservative, and inclusive “Governing Majority,” where political debate is encouraged to promote solutions to improve the lives of all Americans. Embracing the full spectrum of center-right ideologies and values in order to build coalitions, the Main Street Partnership is the largest organization of elected leaders who are in the mold of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. For more information on the Main Street Partnership, visit our website at www.republicanmainstreet.org.

Main Street Applauds President Obama for Putting Entitlements on the Table

Statement of former US Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), President of the Main Street Partnership

(Washington, DC) – Today, President Barack Obama unveiled his much anticipated – and overdue – budget for 2014. In response, former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), President of the Main Street Partnership, issued the following statement:

“In the budget he unveiled today, President Obama took an important first step in building a potential ‘grand bargain’ that all serious people agree is necessary to solve the looming debt crisis facing this country.  That first important step is to put entitlement reform on the table.  The incremental reforms proposed by President Obama – including chained CPI – are not an end but a beginning of this discussion.

“If we are going to find a solution to the debt and deficit crisis there can be no ‘sacred cows,’ all sides must be willing to put everything on the table to find a path forward that protects the American dream for future generations.

“By putting entitlement reform on the table, President Obama has challenged the traditional orthodoxy of the Democratic Party that has refused to consider any changes to Medicare or Social Security.  This could be the President’s Sister Souljah moment with his left-wing base, and is an opportunity for fair-minded members on both sides of the political aisle to come together to craft a real compromise.

“Far too often in the deeply partisan Washington of today, every single proposal offered by a Republican is immediately shot down by Democrats and every single proposal offered by a Democrat is immediately shot down by Republicans.  There are times when the other side gets it right, where they should be applauded for doing the right thing – and this is one of those times.”

 

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Main Street Praises House Hearings on Entitlement Reform Proposals

Statement of former US Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), President of the Main Street Partnership

(Washington, DC) – Today, Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) – Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee – announced a series of hearings on entitlement reform proposals. In response, former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), President of the Main Street Partnership, issued the following statement:

“This announcement is an important development in the effort to find a bipartisan solution to the debt crisis facing our nation. Chairman Camp has made it clear that these hearings will focus on entitlement reforms that have been offered by President Obama along with entitlement reform proposals recommended by the bipartisan Bowles-Simpson Commission and the bipartisan Rivlin-Domenici Task Force.

“We are on the precipice of an unprecedented fiscal crisis as we approach $16.5 trillion in debt. If we are going to find a solution to this serious challenge we need to build a bipartisan coalition that is willing to make compromises to get a deal done – there can be no sacred cows.

“The problem is an immense one and there are no quick fixes or easy solutions – and no one party can do this alone. By focusing these hearings on the entitlement reform proposals that have been put forth by the President and by respected bipartisan efforts, Chairman Camp is sending a clear signal that he is committed to a bipartisan approach.

“Main Street recently released a white paper (which can be found here) that lays out many of the bipartisan proposals that will be the subject of these hearings. We said in that white paper that the time to act is now, we praise Chairman Camp for these hearings and hope that it encourages other leaders in the House, Senate and in the White House to also act.”

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The Main Street Partnership is dedicated to promoting and building a pragmatic, thoughtful, fiscally conservative, and inclusive “Governing Majority,” where political debate is encouraged to promote solutions to improve the lives of all Americans. Embracing the full spectrum of center-right ideologies and values in order to build coalitions, the Main Street Partnership is the largest organization of elected leaders who are in the mold of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. For more information on the Main Street Partnership, visit our website at www.republicanmainstreet.org.

Main Street Praises Bipartisan Deficit Reduction Plan

Statement of former US Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), President of the Republican Main Street Partnership

(Washington, DC) – Today, a bipartisan amendment will be offered in the U.S. House of Representatives that will urge President Obama to offer a budget that balances in 10 years and is based on the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles commission. In response, former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), President of the Republican Main Street Partnership, issued the following statement:

“The bipartisan amendment being offered by Reps. Wolf (R-VA), Schrader (D-OR), Gibson (R-NY) and Cooper (D-TN) is a common-sense approach to an issue we can no longer afford to ignore.

“We are on the precipice of an unprecedented fiscal crisis. We are approaching $16.5 trillion in debt. We cannot continue to operate on the basis of short-term ‘fixes’ that simply delay the next ‘crisis’ we face for a few weeks or few months. No successful businessperson would ever consider operating their business like this, no family would ever consider planning their personal finances in this manner, it is absolutely governmental malpractice to run our nation in this manner.

“It is time to bridge the partisan divide, it is time to take a break from the endless campaign cycle, and it is time to find real solutions to the serious challenges we face as a country.

“The Republican Main Street Partnership praises this bipartisan effort and urges members of both parties to vote for this important amendment.”

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The Main Street Partnership is dedicated to promoting and building a pragmatic, thoughtful, fiscally conservative, and inclusive “Governing Majority,” where political debate is encouraged to promote solutions to improve the lives of all Americans. Embracing the full spectrum of center-right ideologies and values in order to build coalitions, the Main Street Partnership is the largest organization of elected leaders who are in the mold of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. For more information on the Main Street Partnership, visit our website at www.republicanmainstreet.org.

Former U.S. Rep Steve LaTourette (R-OH) Statement on the New Main Street Partnership

(Washington, D.C.) – “Earlier today, the Board of Directors voted in favor of changing the name we do business under to simply the ‘Main Street Partnership.’

“While we have changed our name, we have not changed our values or our mission. We will continue to be a right of center organization and continue to represent the governing wing of the Republican Party.

“Partisanship has become deeply poisonous to the process in Washington over the last few years.  As someone who just left Congress, I understand this more than most.

“We at Main Street understand that to begin to turn back this tide and to begin to restore the American people’s faith in Washington we must celebrate – not attack – those on both sides of the aisle who are willing to work together to find solutions to the serious challengers we face as a country.

“While we remain Republicans, we are committed to reaching out to fair-minded members of the Democratic Party. We understand that bipartisan compromise – by it’s very definition – means working with members of the other party.

“Compromise doesn’t mean surrendering – it means success.  Compromise is not an act of political cowardice – indeed it is the exact opposite, it is an act of incredible political courage.

“We need more voices in Washington willing to put the best interests of the American people above petty partisanship. That is what we have done at Main Street over the years and that is what we will continue to do.

“We look forward to working with our centrist Republican members in the months and years ahead and engaging fair-minded independents and Democrats who want to help do what is right for this country.”

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 The Main Street Partnership is dedicated to promoting and building a pragmatic, thoughtful, fiscally conservative, and inclusive “Governing Majority,” where political debate is encouraged to promote solutions to improve the lives of all Americans. Embracing the full spectrum of center-right ideologies and values in order to build coalitions, the Main Street Partnership is the largest organization of elected leaders who are in the mold of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. For more information on the Main Street Partnership, visit our website at www.republicanmainstreet.org.

 

 

Republican Main Street Partnership Announces 2013 Changes

Former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) to Lead Organization

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Republican Main Street Partnership announced organizational changes for 2013.  “I am thrilled to announce that my former colleague in the House, Steve LaTourette, will succeed me as President of the Republican Main Street Partnership,” said outgoing President and former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA).  “It has been an honor to serve my three-year term at the helm of this great organization, I look forward to remaining active with Main Street, and I am confident that Steve will continue to build on the success we have accomplished over the last few years.”

“Steve LaTourette has been one of the most outspoken and effective leaders in the House, Congress’ loss is our gain,” said former U.S. Rep. Amory F. Houghton (R-NY), Chairman of Main Street’s Board of Directors.  “Main Street’s Board of Directors thanks Tom Davis for his service and believes strongly that Steve LaTourette will provide the leadership necessary to help grow our organization and promote our common-sense conservative agenda.”

“I want to thank Main Street’s Board for putting their faith in my leadership and am excited at the opportunity to guide this organization at this critical moment for our party and our country,” said LaTourette.

Steven C. LaTourette served nine terms in the United States House of Representatives and representing Northeast Ohio’s 14th Congressional District.

In the House, LaTourette was a member of the Appropriations Committee and previously served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, LaTourette served from 1989 to 1995 as the Lake County Prosecutor. In 1990, he was named Prosecuting Attorney of the Year in Ohio for his successful prosecution of 13 members of a murderous religious cult. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He now lives in McLean, Virginia and is the father of six children

In addition to announcing that LaTourette would take the helm at the organization, Main Street also announced that a number of its elected members would play key roles in the next Congress.

Main Street member Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) will continue to serve as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and Main Street member Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) will also to continue to serve as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Additionally, three Main Street members will be serving in key leadership positions in the House:  Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA) will serve as Conference Chair, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) will serve as Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) will serve as Conference Vice Chair.

Main Street also announced that Houghton, former U.S. Rep. Doug Ose (R-CA) and Sarah Resnick – who also serves as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer – would serve on Main Street’s Board of Directors.

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The Republican Main Street Partnership (RMSP) is dedicated to promoting and building a pragmatic, thoughtful, fiscally conservative, and inclusive “Governing Majority,” where political debate is encouraged to promote solutions to improve the lives of all Americans. Embracing the full spectrum of center-right ideologies and values in order to build coalitions, RMSP is the largest organization of elected leaders who are in the mold of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. For more information on RMSP, visit our website at www.republicanmainstreet.org.

 

 

Republican Main Street Partnership Congratulates John Boehner (R-OH) on his Election as Speaker of the House

Joint Statement of former U.S. Rep. Amory F. Houghton (R-NY), former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), and former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA)

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) was once again elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.  In response, former U.S. Rep. Amory F. Houghton (R-NY), former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), and former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) issued the following joint statement:

“John Boehner’s election as Speaker of the House is good for our party and good for our country.  Speaker Boehner has ably led a diverse Republican caucus and has worked tirelessly to find common ground with the Senate and the White House in order to craft pragmatic solutions to the complex challenges we face as a country.

“Speaker Boehner has shown courageous leadership in difficult times and a willingness to work with Republicans and Democrats of all ideological stripes.  The Republican Main Street Partnership congratulates Speaker Boehner on his election today and we look forward to working with him in the weeks and months ahead.”

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The Republican Main Street Partnership (RMSP) is dedicated to promoting and building a pragmatic, thoughtful, fiscally conservative, and inclusive “Governing Majority,” where political debate is encouraged to promote solutions to improve the lives of all Americans. Embracing the full spectrum of center-right ideologies and values in order to build coalitions, RMSP is the largest organization of elected leaders who are in the mold of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. For more information on RMSP, visit our website at www.republicanmainstreet.org.

 

 

Main Street Welcomes Back Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)

Statement of Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH)

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Main Street member U.S. Senator Mark Kirk returned to Washington, D.C. nearly a year after suffering a serious stroke.  In response, Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) issued the following statement on behalf of the Republican Main Street Partnership:

“All of DC, regardless of political party, is thrilled to see Mark Kirk return to the Senate.  Mark Kirk has been one of the smartest and hardest working members in either chamber.  His presence has been missed.

“Mark has never shied away from a challenge, which is why no one is surprised that he has made such an amazing recovery.  Welcome back Senator!”

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The Republican Main Street Partnership (RMSP) is dedicated to promoting and building a pragmatic, thoughtful, fiscally conservative, and inclusive “Governing Majority,” where political debate is encouraged to promote solutions to improve the lives of all Americans. Embracing the full spectrum of center-right ideologies and values in order to build coalitions, RMSP is the largest organization of elected leaders who are in the mold of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. For more information on RMSP, visit our website at www.republicanmainstreet.org.

 

 

Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) Statement on Fiscal Cliff Deal

(Washington, D.C.) – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the Senate and passed a short-term deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.  In response, Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) issued the following statement on behalf of the Republican Main Street Partnership:

“The consequences of going over the fiscal cliff would have been disastrous.  Virtually all Americans, not just upper income taxpayers, would face an abrupt tax increase averaging more than $3,400 per household.  Failure to reach a deal would have done real damage to our economy and resulted in unnecessary job losses.

“Avoiding these dire consequences is obviously a good thing, which is why so many of my colleagues in the House and Senate joined me in voting for this deal.  The work, however, is not done.

“I am deeply disappointed that the opportunity was missed to do what must really be done – craft a comprehensive bipartisan deal to address our looming debt crisis.  This short-term deal was a necessary one, but it has simply kicked the can down the road when it comes to dealing with the national debt.

“No one in Washington should take a victory lap, instead we need our leaders to recommit themselves to doing the hard work that will be required to find a solution to the debt crisis we are facing.”

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The Republican Main Street Partnership (RMSP) is dedicated to promoting and building a pragmatic, thoughtful, fiscally conservative, and inclusive “Governing Majority,” where political debate is encouraged to promote solutions to improve the lives of all Americans. Embracing the full spectrum of center-right ideologies and values in order to build coalitions, RMSP is the largest organization of elected leaders who are in the mold of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. For more information on RMSP, visit our website at www.republicanmainstreet.org.

 

Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) Urges Passage of Plan B Bills to Avoid the Fiscal Cliff

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider two bills that – if they become law – would prevent us from going over the fiscal cliff.  “Compromise, by its very nature, dictates that neither side will get 100% of what they want,” said Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH).  “While I would prefer that taxes not go up on any American, the fact is that we have a Democratic controlled Senate and a Democrat in the White House.  The compromise bills that the House will be voting on today protect as many Americans as possible from tax increases, while at the same time ensuring we avoid the looming fiscal cliff.”

“The consequences of going over the fiscal cliff would be disastrous,” continued LaTourette. “Virtually all Americans, not just upper income taxpayers, would face an abrupt tax increase averaging more than $3,400 per household.”

If a compromise were not agreed to, the fiscal cliff would include abrupt tax increases on lower-income earners from a smaller earned income tax credit, child tax credit, and the elimination of the 10% tax bracket. The Alternative Minimum Tax would hit millions of middle class taxpayers for tax year 2012, just as higher earners face higher tax rates on income and capital gains and dividends. Meanwhile, the tax rate on investment income is scheduled to nearly triple.  Ultimately, raising such rates on capital gains and dividends would negatively impact seniors, retirees and small businesses.  On the spending side, many federal programs ranging from education to transportation to defense would be cut across-the-board. Payments to physicians serving Medicare patients would be cut by over 27%, and approximately two million unemployed workers will lose unemployment benefits.

“Going over the fiscal cliff would also damage our economy and increase unemployment,” said LaTourette.  Indeed, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that going over the fiscal cliff would shrink the size of the economy by nearly 3% in the first half of 2013, putting our economy back into a recession and pushing unemployment back above 9%.

“Those who oppose this compromise are putting American taxpayers, small businesses and seniors at risk – all in the name of ideological purity.  The stakes are simply too high for our elected officials in Washington to play politics with the lives of so many,” concluded LaTourette.

Details on the Plan B bills:

The Spending Reduction Act of 2012 (H.R. 6684) replaces the president’s defense ‘sequester’ with common-sense spending cuts and reforms, and reduces the deficit by an additional $242 billion over the original sequester. The bill focuses on stopping waste, fraud, and abuse in federal programs, eliminating government slush funds (including an ObamaCare slush fund), and reducing waste and duplication in government bureaucracies.

The Permanent Tax Relief for Families and Small Businesses Act of 2012 (H.J. Res. 66) permanently protects millions of taxpayers from President Obama’s tax rate hikes. The bill permanently extends current tax rates for everyone making less than $1 million, the $1,000 child tax credit, expensing relief for small businesses, and much more. Analysis by the nonpartisan JCT found it is a $3.9 trillion tax cut.

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The Republican Main Street Partnership (RMSP) is dedicated to promoting and building a pragmatic, thoughtful, fiscally conservative, and inclusive “Governing Majority,” where political debate is encouraged to promote solutions to improve the lives of all Americans. Embracing the full spectrum of center-right ideologies and values in order to build coalitions, RMSP is the largest organization of elected leaders who are in the mold of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. For more information on RMSP, visit our website at www.republicanmainstreet.org.