FreedomWorks Mi Score Card

FreedomWorks Issues Its 2014 Key Votes Scorecard.

A reliably conservative watchdog, FreedomWorks reflects the views of many conservative and tea types

Not surprisingly, certain lawmakers scored higher than their supposedly ideological brothers.  We have seen the squishy unprincipled selling out of the USA for far too long to not expect it to be revealed in this type of scoring.

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The card can be maximized by clicking on the image.  the corresponding votes are below.

 

Key Vote 1:
Roll Call 21H.R. 3547
Concurring with Senate Amendments: H.R. 3547 – Omnibus Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014

This bill funded the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2014. It spends $45 billion more than the budget caps established in 2011, and perpetuates a vast amount of wasteful spending from previous years. Lawmakers were also given almost no time to read this 1,500 page spending bill.
“Nay” votes scored.

Key Vote 2:
Roll Call 31H.R. 2642
On the Conference Report: H.R. 2642 – Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (Farm Bill)

This final version of the Farm Bill, reconciled between the House and Senate, actually undoes some of the already modest reforms to crop insurance and food stamps that were previously in the bill. This five-year reauthorization of the Farm Bill will spend nearly a trillion dollars over ten years, and remains loaded with corporate welfare and special carve-outs for well-connected agricultural corporations.
“Nay” votes scored.

Key Vote 3:
Roll Call 61S. 540
On Passage: S. 540 – Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act

This bill suspends the debt limit until March 15th of 2015, allowing the president to potentially run up as much debt as he pleases during that time period. The debt is already projected to increase by about $1 trillion over that period, to over $18 trillion. Meanwhile, this debt ceiling suspension contains no reforms to curb spending whatsoever.
“Nay” votes scored.

Key Vote 4:
Roll Call 69H.R. 3865
On Passage: H.R. 3865 – Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act

This bill would stop the IRS for one year from finalizing a proposed regulation that would stop grassroots non-profit groups from engaging in political free speech. On the heels of the IRS targeting of conservative groups, the regulation that this bill would delay would seemingly finish their job by excluding tea parties and other grassroots groups from any role in the political process.
“Yea” votes scored.

Key Vote 5:
Roll Call 91H.R. 3370
On Passage: H.R. 3370 – Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

This bill would delay a major reform to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that would have returned some semblance of market rates to flood insurance premiums. Currently, NFIP is over $25 billion in debt because homeowners in frequently flooded areas do not have to pay an amount that is equal to the risk they incur, meaning that the government takes a loss when the inevitable floods occur. By delaying the scheduled reforms, the NFIP will require a taxpayer bailout for billions of dollars.
“Nay” votes scored.

Key Vote 6:
Roll Call 97H.R. 4118
On Passage: H.R. 4118 – SIMPLE Fairness Act (One-year Delay of ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate)

Delaying Obamacare’s unconstitutional individual insurance mandate extends the same exception to the law that was extended to businesses with the delay of the employer mandate. This delay would also prevent Obamacare from taking full effect, and provides an extended window to work on defunding, delaying, or dismantling the entire law.
“Yea” votes scored.

Key Vote 7:
Roll Call 106H.R. 3826
On Passage: H.R. 3826 – Electricity Security and Affordability Act

This bill would stop the EPA from imposing proposed regulations that would effectively ban new coal-fired power plants from ever being constructed. It would require the EPA to take into account current achievable technologies from existing plants when setting future emission reductions, stopping them from promulgating impossible regulations that would kill the coal industry.
“Yea” votes scored.

Key Vote 8:
Roll Call 231H.R. 4435
On the Amendment: H.Amdt 671 to H.R. 4435 – Preventing NDAA funds from being used to implement climate change initiatives

This amendment specifically prevents Defense funding from being used to implement any climate change recommendations that are based upon controversial international and U.S. scientific assessments, including the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report, the U.S. Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment, or the United Nations Agenda 21 sustainable development plan.
“Yea” votes scored.

Key Vote 9:
Roll Call 243H.R. 4660
On the Amendment: H.Amdt. 696 to H.R. 4660 – To eliminate the Economic Development Administration

This amendment by Rep. Mike Pompeo would eliminate the Economic Development Administration, a Great Society creation that has turned into a de facto backdoor earmark program.
“Yea” votes scored.

Key Vote 10:
Roll Call 289H.R. 4745
On the Amendment: H.Amdt. 824 to H.R. 4745

This amendment would cut spending from Transportation and Housing & Urban Development appropriations bill by 1% across the board.
“Yea” votes scored.

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