100 People to Watch This Fall : Page 84 of 102

Chris Chocola President of the Club for Growth

Chocola, a former congressman from Indiana, has been president of the Club for Growth since 2009 and a serious thorn in the side of Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerPelosi allies rage over tactics of opponents Meet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time McCarthy defeats Jordan for minority leader in 159-to-43 vote MORE (R-Ohio) since 2011. 

A Club key vote against a bill is a telling signal that there will be serious House Republican defections. That’s a problem because BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerPelosi allies rage over tactics of opponents Meet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time McCarthy defeats Jordan for minority leader in 159-to-43 vote MORE generally can lose no more than about 15 of his members given Democratic opposition to his agenda.  

The Club has focused on using this fall’s fiscal battle to end President Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul.  

Chocola says his goals are to “support champions of economic freedom” like Tea Party favorites Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke writes blog post describing a literal run from near the capitol to near the White House Cruz brushes off question about campaign claim on O'Rourke paying for caravan Texas New Members 2019 MORE (R-Texas), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHillicon Valley: Facebook reeling after NYT report | Dems want DOJ probe | HQ2 brings new scrutiny on Amazon | Judge upholds Russian troll farm indictments | Cyber moonshot panel unveils recommendations Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Border deployment 'peaked' at 5,800 troops | Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Senators offer bill to press Trump on Saudis | Paul effort to block Bahrain arms sale fails On The Money: Senior GOP senator warns Trump against shutdown | Treasury sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | HQ2 deal brings new scrutiny on Amazon | Senate confirms Bowman to Fed board MORE (R-Ky.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenators introduce Trump-backed criminal justice bill Senators return to Washington intent on action against Saudis Trump throws support behind criminal justice bill MORE (R-Utah) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio defends '3 point kick' analogy: 'You think everyone who follows politics knows what a field goal is?' Lawmakers to introduce bipartisan bill targeting China's treatment of Muslims Rubio cites Bible verse amid recount criticisms: ‘You cannot count what is not there’ MORE (R-Fla.). All four are fighting to use the government funding battles to defund ObamaCare. 

“More generally, our goal is to get our country back on a path to fiscal sustainability,” Chocola said. 

Whatever House leaders decide to do in terms of fiscal strategy this fall, there is no doubt they will try to sell it to Chocola. 

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