Key Vote YES on Four Conservative Nominees to Key Administration Posts

On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your senators and urge them to vote YES on the nominations of former Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) to serve as president and chairman of the Export-Import, Ajit Pai to serve an additional term on the Federal Communications Commission, William Emanuel to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board, and Kevin Hassett to serve as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Each of these nominees will serve crucial roles in the Trump administration. Unfortunately, they have been stalled in the Senate for at least two months. In the case of Ajit Pai, who is the chairman of the FCC, his nomination has been stalled since March.

Former Rep. Garrett served in the House from 2003 to 2017, earning a 92 percent lifetime score with FreedomWorks. Rep. Garrett has been nominated to serve as the president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank. The Export-Import Bank has long been a textbook example of cronyism and corruption in the federal government, which is why conservatives fought against its reauthorization. Rep. Garrett would bring principled, conservative leadership to Ex-Im.

Chairman Pai has served on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) since May 2012. Chairman Pai should not only be confirmed for his record of eloquently championing sensible regulation grounded by market principles, but because he also serves as an example of what the American people deserve from officials in Washington. Pai’s efforts, particularly on the debate surrounding Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, demonstrate his commitment to policies that work rather than policies that simply grow the power of government and relevance of his position as a regulator.

Mr. Emanuel has been nominated to serve on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). During the Obama administration, this particular agency was used as a means to boost labor unions. A seasoned attorney with a strong background in employment law, Mr. Emanuel’s confirmation would give Republicans an edge on the NLRB, providing an opportunity to undo the excesses of the previous administration.

Mr. Hassett has been nominated to serve as the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, which performs a crucial role in providing analysis and recommendations to the President on economic policy. Mr. Hassett, currently a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, believes in free markets, free trade, and fiscal responsibility. His advice to the White House will be important in putting the United States back on a path to real economic growth and improving the lives of Americans.

FreedomWorks will count the votes for these nominees when calculating our Scorecard for 2017 and reserves the right to score any related votes. The scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of the House and Senate who consistently vote to support economic freedom and individual liberty.


Adam Brandon, President, FreedomWorks