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Club for Growth tells Republicans to vote ‘no’ on unemployment extension

Ted Cruz and other hard-line conservatives have gotten support from financiers who support the Club for Growth, an advocate of hard-nosed GOP tactics
Ted Cruz and other hard-line conservatives have gotten support from financiers who support the Club for Growth, an advocate of hard-nosed GOP tactics
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The ultra-conservative organization the Club for Growth has tugged back on its dog leash, telling Republicans in Congress to vote “no” on the unemployment benefits extension, or pay for it with “offsets”. The vote will take place later today in the U.S. Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will need 60 votes to end cloture and advance the extension to the Senate floor for a debate and then a vote, he currently has two Republicans on board, he will need at least five Republicans to join the 55 Democrats to end cloture. And then it will still need to pass the House where Speaker Boehner, as always, is receiving strong resistance from the right wing Tea Party base in his caucus.

The Club for Growth sent out an email this morning telling Republicans that their votes will be scored and if they vote to help the 1.3 million people who just lost their benefits, there score cards will reflect their vote and may be used against them in future primary elections.

"Congress should end the federal unemployment insurance program and return the authority back to the states, which already have programs in place," said Andy Roth, the Club's top congressional lobbyist. "Absent this, Congress should pay for this extension by cutting spending elsewhere in the budget. After six years, an extension can no longer be called an "emergency" with any credibility. There is plenty of waste in the federal budget from which to find an offset."

The Club for Growth is one of the right wing organizations that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) lashed out against last month for pushing against a bipartisan agreement in Congress on the Budget Act of 2013.

"They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals," Boehner said. "This is ridiculous. If you're for more deficit reduction, you're for this agreement."

If centrist Republicans want to take their Party back from the right wing extremist backed Tea Party politicians, they will have to stand-up to these anti-American organizations and their politicians they help put in office.

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