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Freedom Index Oct 2012

Freedom Index Oct 2012

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This is the Freedom Index from "The New American" magazine. See how your member of Congress voted on key bills.
This is the Freedom Index from "The New American" magazine. See how your member of Congress voted on key bills.

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Our fourth (and final) look at the 112thCongress shows how every member of the House and Senate voted on issues such asextending tax cuts, repealing ObamaCare(House), and auditing the Fed (House).
House Vote
Descriptions
31
Immigration Enforcement.
Dur-ing consideration of the fiscal 2013Homeland Security appropriations bill(H.R. 5855), Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)introduced an amendment “to prohibit theuse of funds to be used to finalize, imple-ment, administer, or enforce” Immigrationand Customs Enforcement memos (knownas the Morton memos) regarding prosecu-torial discretion to prioritize the removalof certain illegal immigrants.A few weeks after the vote on thisamendment, Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.)sent U.S. Attorney General Eric Holdera letter demanding answers regarding theadministration’s use of prosecutorial dis-cretion, often referred to as “administra-tive amnesty,” to certain illegal aliens up tothe age of 30. Barletta wrote: “When simi-lar measures that would implement thesesame policies were presented to Congress,Congress rejected them. The implementa-tion of the new immigration policy that iscontrary to the expressed will of the Con-gress violates the Constitution.”The House adopted King’s amendmenton June 7, 2012 by a vote of 238 to 175(Roll Call 363). We have assigned plusesto the yeas because the Obama adminis-tration’s use of prosecutorial discretion toprovide amnesty to illegal immigrants vio-lates the constitutional principle of sepa-ration of powers. According to Article I,Section 1, “all legislative powers hereingranted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” In particular, Congressis granted the power “to establish a uni-form rule of naturalization” in Article I,Section 8. In contrast, Article II, Section3 states that the president “shall take carethat the laws be faithfully executed.”
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he Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based onthe U.S. Constitution” rates congressmen based on theiradherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fis-cal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreignpolicy of avoiding foreign entanglements. To learn how any rep-resentative or senator voted on the key measures described herein,look him or her up in the vote charts.The scores are derived by dividing a congressman’s consti-tutional votes (pluses) by the total number he cast (pluses andminuses) and multiplying by 100.The average House score for this index (votes 31-40) is 47 per-cent. Three representatives earned 100 percent. The average Sen-ate score is 40 percent, with 10 senators earning perfect scores.This is our final index for the 112th Congress. Our first index(votes 1-10) appeared in our August 8, 2011 issue, our second index(votes 11-20) in our January 9, 2012 issue, and our third index (votes21-30) in our July 9, 2012 issue. These indexes are available online(click on “Voting Index” atTheNewAmerican.com).We encourage readers to examine how their own congressmenvoted on each of the 10 key measures, as well as overall. We alsoencourage readers to commend legislators for their constitutionalvotes and to urge improvement where needed.
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The Freedom Index
 About This Index
Impunity:
The Obama administration has implemented a new policy of “prosecutorialdiscretion,” also known as “administrative amnesty,” for illegal immigrants that amounts to anunconstitutional failure to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”
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112th CONGRESS, Votes 31-40
 
32
Eric Holder Contempt Resolu-tion.
After Attorney General EricHolder refused to comply with a subpoenaissued by the House Committee on Over-sight and Government Reform to providedocuments regarding the “Operation Fastand Furious” gun-walking scandal, Rep.Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced a resolu-tion (H. Res. 711) to hold him in contemptof Congress.The House passed Rep. Issa’s resolutionon June 28, 2012 by a vote of 255 to 67(Roll Call 441). We have assigned pluses tothe yeas because Holder’s refusal to com-ply with a subpoena issued by Congressis a clear violation of the constitutionalprinciple of separation of powers, and as amember of the executive branch he essen-tially “thumbed his nose” at the legislativebranch.
33
ObamaCare Repeal.
 
The Repealof Obamacare Act (H.R. 6079)would repeal both the Patient Protectionand Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) and the Health Care and EducationReconciliation Act (Public Law 111-152),known collectively as ObamaCare, and theprovisions of law amended or repealed bythese two acts would be restored or re-vived as if such acts had not been enacted.Despite the Supreme Court’s June 28 de-cision upholding the constitutionality of theindividual mandate of ObamaCare, a care-ful reading of the legislative powers grantedto Congress in Article I, Section 8 of theConstitution does not reveal any legislativepower to fund or regulate healthcare.The House passed H.R. 6079 on July11, 2012 by a vote of 244 to 185 (Roll Call460). We have assigned pluses to the yeasbecause ObamaCare is an unconstitutionalgovernment takeover of nearly 20 percentof our nation’s economy.
34
Foreign Relations Authoriza-tion.
 
The Foreign Relations Au-thorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (H.R.6018) authorizes $9 billion for the StateDepartment’s diplomatic and consularprograms, $1.6 billion for dues to interna-tional organizations (about $0.6 billion forUN regular budget dues and about $1 bil-lion in contributions to 43 other UN-sys-tem, regional, and non-UN organizations),and $1.8 billion for contributions for UNpeacekeeping activities. The United Statesis the largest contributor to UN dues andpeacekeeping, paying 22 percent of totalUN regular dues and 27 percent of UNpeacekeeping operations.When the U.S. Senate approved U.S.participation in the United Nations by avote of 65 to 7 on December 4, 1945, itviolated the Constitution by ceding our na-tional sovereignty regarding engaging inwars to the United Nations. Whereas theConstitution grants the power “to declarewar” exclusively to Congress in ArticleI, Section 8, the UN Charter grants thispower to the UN’s Security Council.The House passed H.R. 6018 on July 17,2012 by a vote of 333 to 61 (Roll Call 469).We have assigned pluses to the nays be-cause U.S. participation in the United Na-tions involves an unconstitutional delega-tion of our national sovereignty to the UN.
35
Afghanistan Withdrawal (De-fense Appropriations Reduc-tion).
 
During consideration of the Defenseappropriations bill for fiscal 2013 (H.R.5856), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) pro-posed an amendment to cut overseas mili-tary spending by almost $21 billion. Theintent behind the amendment was to allowenough funding for an orderly withdrawalfrom the unpopular war in Afghanistan butnot enough to continue the conflict. Accord-ing to Rep. Lee, the original bill includesover $85 billion for the war in Afghanistan.The House rejected Lee’s amendment onJuly 18, 2012 by a vote of 107 to 312 (RollCall 485). We have assigned pluses to theyeas because the massive expenditure onundeclared foreign wars and nation build-ing is unconstitutional and unaffordable.
36
Defense of Marriage Act.
 
Rep.Steve King (R-Iowa) introduced anamendment to the Department of DefenseAppropriations Act (H.R. 5856) “to pro-hibit the use of funds used in contraventionof section 7 of title 1, United States Code.”Section 7 of title 1 of the U.S. Code is bet-ter known as the Defense of Marriage Act.When Rep. King offered his amendmenton the floor of the House on July 19, heexplained: “What we’ve seen since thepassage of the Defense of Marriage Actis an effort on the part of the executivebranch to undermine, I believe, marriagebetween one man and one woman withinour military ranks.... Congress directs andacts within the authority of article I of theConstitution, our legislative authority, andthe President of the United States, or hisexecutives who are empowered by him,seek to undermine the law of the UnitedStates, instead of coming here to this Con-gress and asking for the law to be changed,or simply accepting the idea that they’ve
Above the law?
Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, has denied knowing about Operation Fastand Furious, in which the government allowed Mexican drug cartels access to American weapons,despite being on tape talking about it. And he has refused to cooperate with investigations.
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112th CONGRESS, Votes 31-40
 
The scores are derived by dividing the constitutionally correct votes (pluses) by the total number of pluses and minuses and multiplying by 100. (A “?” means a Rep. did not vote; a “P”means he voted “present.” If a Rep. cast fewer than five votes in this index, a score is not assigned.) Match numbers at the top of the chart to House vote descriptions on pages 1, 2, and 4.
Votes: 31-40 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 1-40 Votes: 31-40 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 1-40
33 Bass, K. (D ) 25% ? ? - - + - - - + - 16%34 Roybal-Allard (D ) 22% - ? - - + - - - + - 23%35 Waters (D ) 33% - ? - - + - + - + - 34%36 Hahn (D ) 29% - ? - ? ? - + - + - 32%37 Richardson (D ) 33% - ? - - + - + - + - 33%38 Napolitano (D ) 25% - ? - ? + - - - + - 29%39 Sánchez, Linda (D ) 22% - ? - - + - - - + - 21%40 Royce (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 73%41 Lewis, Jerry (R ) 50% ? ? + - - + + + - - 62%42 Miller, Gary (R ) 70% + + + - - + + + - + 68%43 Baca (D ) 11% - ? - - - - + - - - 22%44 Calvert (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 65%45 Bono Mack (R ) 70% + + + - - + + + - + 59%46 Rohrabacher (R ) 70% + + + - + + + + - - 75%47 Sanchez, Loretta (D ) 30% - - - - + - + - + - 22%48 Campbell (R ) 78% + + + ? + + + + - - 74%49 Issa (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 63%50 Bilbray (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 50%51 Filner (D ) 40% ? ? - ? ? ? + - + - 19%52 Hunter (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 73%53 Davis, S. (D ) 11% - ? - - - - - - + - 13%
Colorado
1 DeGette (D ) 22% - ? - - + - - - + - 18%2 Polis (D ) 33% - ? - ? ? ? + - + - 20%3 Tipton (R ) 70% + + + + - + + + - - 80%4 Gardner (R ) 80% + + + + - + + + - + 77%5 Lamborn (R ) 80% + + + + - + + + - + 78%6 Coffman (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 70%7 Perlmutter (D ) 10% - - - - - - + - - - 20%
ConneCtiCut 
1 Larson, J. (D ) 22% - ? - - + - - - + - 23%2 Courtney (D ) 20% - - - - - - + - + - 21%3 DeLauro (D ) 20% - - - - + - - - + - 20%4 Himes (D ) 10% - - - - + - - - - - 15%5 Murphy, C. (D ) 33% - - - ? + - + - + - 23%
delaware
 AL Carney (D ) 11% - ? - - - - - - + - 8%
Florida 
1 Miller, J. (R ) 70% + + + - - + + + - + 72%2 Southerland (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 75%3 Brown, C. (D ) 0% - ? - - - ? - - ? - 15%4 Crenshaw (R ) 70% + + + - - + + + - + 65%5 Nugent (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 68%6 Stearns (R ) 80% + + + + - + + + - + 80%7 Mica (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 65%8 Webster (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 67%9 Bilirakis (R ) 56% ? + + - - + + + - - 59%10 Young, C.W. (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 63%11 Castor (D ) 0% - ? - - - - - - - - 9%12 Ross, D. (R ) 80% + + + + - + + + - + 83%13 Buchanan (R ) 67% + + + ? - + + + - - 66%14 Mack (R ) 78% + + + ? - + + + - + 84%15 Posey (R ) 80% + + + + - + + + - + 85%16 Rooney (R ) 70% + + + + - + + + - - 73%17 Wilson, F. (D ) 22% - ? - - + - - - + - 14%18 Ros-Lehtinen (R ) 40% - + + - - - + + - - 52%19 Deutch (D ) 0% - - - - - ? - - - - 11%
 alabama 
1 Bonner (R ) 56% + + ? - - + + + - - 64%2 Roby (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 65%3 Rogers, Mike D. (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 67%4 Aderholt (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 68%5 Brooks (R ) 80% + + + + - + + + - + 83%6 Bachus, S. (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 63%7 Sewell (D ) 0% - ? - ? ? - - - - - 16%
 alaska 
 AL Young, D. (R ) 67% + + + - - + + + ? - 69%
 arizona 
1 Gosar (R ) 78% + + + ? - + + + - + 76%2 Franks, T. (R ) 80% + + + + - + + + - + 77%3 Quayle (R ) 80% + + + + - + + + - + 77%4 Pastor (D ) 20% - - - - - - + - + - 28%5 Schweikert (R ) 80% + + + + - + + + - + 85%6 Flake (R ) 78% + + + ? - + + + - + 82%7 Grijalva (D ) 33% - ? - - + - + - + - 33%8 Barber (D ) 11% - - - - - + - - - 11%
 arkansas
1 Crawford (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 63%2 Griffin (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 65%3 Womack (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 63%4 Ross, M. (D ) 56% - + + - - + + + - ? 44%
CaliFornia 
1 Thompson, M. (D ) 20% - - - - + - + - - - 15%2 Herger (R ) 75% + + + - - + + + ? ? 73%3 Lungren (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 60%4 McClintock (R ) 90% + + + + - + + + + + 93%5 Matsui (D ) 22% - ? - - + - - - + - 18%6 Woolsey (D ) 33% - ? - - + - - - + + 33%7 Miller, George (D ) 22% - - - - + - - - + ? 17%8 Pelosi (D ) 0% - ? - - - - - - - - 8%9 Lee (D ) 33% - ? - - + - - - + + 34%10 Garamendi (D ) 0% - ? - - - - ? - - - 11%11 McNerney (D ) 20% - - - - - - + + - - 23%12 Speier (D ) 30% - - - - + - + - + - 23%13 Stark (D ) 38% - ? - - + ? - - + + 34%14 Eshoo (D ) 20% - - - - + - - - + - 13%15 Honda (D ) 33% - ? - - + - + - + - 26%16 Lofgren (D ) 30% - - - - + - + - + - 26%17 Farr (D ) 30% - - - - + - + - + - 26%18 Cardoza (D ) 0% - ? - - ? - - ? 23%19 Denham (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 65%20 Costa (D ) 22% - ? - - - - + + - - 18%21 Nunes (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 65%22 McCarthy, K. (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 63%23 Capps (D ) 20% - - - - + - - - + - 15%24 Gallegly (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 63%25 McKeon (R ) 70% + + + - - + + + - + 64%26 Dreier (R ) 60% + + + - - + + + - - 55%27 Sherman (D ) 10% - - - - - - + - - - 15%28 Berman (D ) 10% - - - - - - + - - - 10%29 Schiff (D ) 11% - ? - - - - + - - - 13%30 Waxman (D ) 10% - - - - - - - - + - 21%31 Becerra (D ) 22% - ? - - + - - - + - 18%32 Chu (D ) 22% - ? - - + - - - + - 21%
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