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2013 House Key Votes
⊘Ineligible / Out of Office☐Did Not Vote
✔Voted with FreedomWorks principles✘Anti-Freedom Vote
|Legislator||2013 House Key Votes (View All Descriptions)||Score|
|AL 4 - RAderholt||52|
|LA 5 - RAlexander||35|
|MI 3 - RAmash||100|
|NV 2 - RAmodei||62|
|NJ 1 - DAndrews||24|
|MN 6 - RBachmann||80|
|AL 6 - RBachus||52|
|AZ 2 - DBarber||20|
|PA 11 - RBarletta||40|
|KY 6 - RBarr||62|
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FreeedomWorks identifies the most important votes on issues of economic freedom and scores Members of Congress based on their votes. We use a scale of 100, so the higher the score the more often the Member is on our side fighting for lower taxes, less government and more freedom.
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Legislators not Scored
The following legislators were not scored for this year because FreedomWorks has determined that they missed too many votes to receive a fair and accurate score.
John A. Boehner
Speaker Boehner has not been scored for 2013 because the Speaker of the House does not vote on most bills.
Katherine M. Clark
Rep. Katherine Clark has not been scored for 2013 because she was elected in a special election in December.
Jo Ann H. Emerson
Congresswoman Emerson has not been scored for 2013 because she resigned her seat in January.
Edward J. Markey
Congressman Markey has not been scored for 2013 because he was was elected to the Senate in a special election in June.
Rep. McAllister has not been score for 2013 because he was elected in a special election in November.
Congresswoman McCarthy has not been scored for 2013 because she missed the greater portion of the session for health reasons.
C. W. Bill Young
Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young has not been scored for 2013 because he died in office in October.
Key Vote DescriptionsBack to Table
Key Vote 1: On the Amendment: H.Amdt. 4 to H.R. 152 - To offset $17 billion of the Hurricane Sandy relief funding by cutting discretionary spending by 1.63% across the board
The funding for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts was appropriated as "emergency" funding, meaning that it was above and beyond the amount of spending allowed by existing budget caps. This amendment by Rep. Mulvaney would simply offset a large portion of this emergency spending by making a slight, across-the-board reduction in discretionary spending."Yea" votes scored.
Key Vote 2: On the Amendment: H.Amdt.5 - To add $33.677 billion in additional spending.
This amendment, sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), would add another $33 billion to the Disaster Relief Act, bringing the total spending in the bill to over $50 billion. Although the bill is supposedly to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, the better portion of this amendment funds unrelated programs such as community development block grants. The "emergency" spending is also not offset, meaning that it will add to the federal deficit."Nay" votes scored.
Key Vote 3: On Passage: H.R. 152 - Disaster Relief Appropriations Act
This bill is an "emergency" appropriations bill that contains $50.1 billion in spending that is supposed to aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy. In reality, however, most of the spending will not provide acute disaster relief, and much of it is not even scheduled to be spent until 2014 or later. Thus, the bill functions more like a stimulus than true disaster relief and its spending should be appropriated through the budget process instead of as emergency spending that adds to the federal deficit."Nay" votes scored.
Key Vote 4: On Passage: H.R. 325 - To Increase the Debt Limit until May 19th, 2013
This bill raises the statutory limit on the public debt (the "debt ceiling") by whatever amount is necessary to reach May 19th, 2013. Although the bill theoretically contains a "no budget, no pay" provision conditional upon the Senate passing a budget resolution, in reality the provision has no teeth. FreedomWorks insists that further increases in the debt ceiling by accompanied by proportional decreases in federal spending in order to address the ever-increasing federal debt, which at the time of this bill stood at $16.4 trillion. Instead, this bill amounts to a "clean" debt ceiling hike, accompanied by the unenforceable promise of spending reforms at a later date."Nay" votes scored.
Key Vote 5: On the Resolution: H.Res. 99 - The rule providing for consideration of H.R. 933 (containing the Continuing Resolution to fund the United States government)
This closed rule does allow for any extended debate or amendments to the CR, thus allowing a bill that spends at the rate of over $1 trillion per year to be passed without any input from individual Members of Congress on the floor of the House."Nay" votes scored.
Key Vote 6: On Passage: H.R. 933 - Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Continuing Resolution)
This bill contains the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government in lieu of a budget. The House, which controls the power of the purse, could have defunded ObamaCare or made any number of spending reforms through this bill to address the nation's massive annual deficits. Instead, the bill was brought to the floor under a closed rule that did not allow amendments or extended debate, and simply continued the current levels of spending under the law."Nay" votes scored.
Key Vote 7: On Passage: H.R. 45 - To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and other Obamacare-related provisions
This bill would repeal ObamaCare entirely, stopping the government takeover of our health care. If allowed to take effect, ObamaCare will greatly increase health insurance costs, reduce the quality of care, and eventually lead to direct rationing of care. It also contains unconstitutional mandates that attempt to force people to buy health insurance, an unprecedented use of federal power."Yea" votes scored.
Key Vote 8: On Passage: H.R. 1947 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (Farm Bill)
The so-called "Farm Bill" is actually a combination of agricultural policy and welfare, with food stamps accounting for 80 percent of the bill's nearly trillion dollars in projected spending. Aside from failing to contain the multitude of faults within the rapidly-expanding food welfare programs, the agricultural portion of the bill is an amalgam of direct corporate welfare for insurance companies and farm corporations and special carve-outs and price supports for the specific industries with the best lobbyists."Nay" votes scored.
Key Vote 9: On Agreeing to the Amendment: H.Amdt. 258 to H.R. 2609 - To eliminate $1.544 billion from funding for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability and Efficiency, Nuclear Energy, and Fossil Energy Research and Development
This amendment by Rep. McClintock would cut $1.544 billion from various research and development programs for alternative energy. The free market can take care of researching and development the next generation of energy technologies far more efficiently than the federal government can, without the distorting effect of the government picking winners and losers."Yea" votes scored.
Key Vote 10: On Passage: H.R. 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (Farm Bill)
This version of the Farm Bill contains only the actual agricultural side of the earlier bill, leaving food stamps to be considered as their own bill. Unfortunately, this bill did not contain any significant reforms to the previous House bill, still containing billions in subsidies to farm corporations and dozens of special hand-outs to favored industries. The bill also creates a brand new, unnecessary, entitlement program, the "shallow-loss" crop insurance program."Nay" votes scored.
Key Vote 11: On Passage: H.R. 2668 - Fairness for American Families Act
This bill would simply delay the enactment of ObamaCare's "individual mandate" for one year, extending the same temporary reprieve for individuals that was granted to businesses when the administration delayed the employer mandate. Delaying the individual mandate effectively forces a delay of the entire law, and buys time to work to defund and dismantle ObamaCare entirely."Yea" votes scored.
Key Vote 12: On the Amendment: H.Amdt. 413 - to prevent the NSA from blanket metadata collection on Americans without specific authorization.
This amendment, by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) protects a basic 4th Amendment right by requiring that the NSA can only gather electronic data from people who are actively under an investigation with approval of the FISA court. This is basic due process under the law - you need a specific warrant to search and seize an individual's physical property; the same should apply to that individual's communications and digital property."Yea" votes scored.
Key Vote 13: On the Amendment: H.Amdt. 448 to H.R. 367 - To require that Congress be allowed to vote on any executive regulation that would impose any tax, price, or levy upon carbon emissions.
This amendment by Rep. Scalise (R-LA) effectively prevents the executive branch from levying any form of carbon tax without Congressional approval. Since a carbon tax would be tremendously destructive to the economy as a whole, this measure would hopefully make such a tax unlikely to pass."Yea" votes scored.
Key Vote 14: On Passage: H.R. 367 - Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act
This bill, entitled the “REINS Act”, would require a vote in Congress on any “major” regulations issued by the executive branch before it could be enforced on the American people. The REINS Act would thus restore accountability and protect citizens’ rights by giving elected officials a voice in all major regulations issued."Yea" votes scored.
Key Vote 15: On Passage: H.R. 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act
This bill would prevent the IRS from implementing or enforcing any aspect of ObamaCare. Under the law as written, the IRS would have access to a massive new data source called the "Federal Data Services Hub", which would give the IRS employees charged with enforcing ObamaCare's mandates unprecedented access to information about each and every taxpayer. In the wake of multiple scandals in which IRS employees deliberately leaked sensitive personal information on political candidates and groups, it makes little sense to put them in charge or our health care."Yea" votes scored.
Key Vote 16: Meadows Letter to Defund ObamaCare through the Continuing Resolution
Congressman Mark Meadows solicited signatures for a letter to Speaker Boehner, asking that the House Republicans stand firm in their commitment to defund ObamaCare through the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government. Members who signed the letter affirmed their commitment to resist ObamaCare using a must-pass bill (the CR), rather than continuing to take ineffectual, symbolic votes to that effect."Yea" votes scored.
Key Vote 17: On Passage: H.J. Res. 59 - Continuing Resolution (with no funding for ObamaCare)
This initial Continuing Resolution offered by the House during the debate of defunding ObamaCare fully funds the entire federal government except for any further implementation or operation of ObamaCare. The premium increases, dropped insurance policies, and delays of major portions of ObamaCare made clear that this poorly-written law could not succeed, and this Continuing Resolution was the last chance to stop ObamaCare's harmful policies before they took full effect."Yea" votes scored.
Key Vote 18: Motion to Concur in Senate Amendments: H.R. 2775 - Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014
H.R. 2775 was used as the vehicle for the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government. This bill funds the government fully (including ObamaCare) through January 15th of 2014, suspends the debt ceiling until February of 2014, and obliges both chambers of Congress to go to conference on a full-year budget. In other words, this CR allows for more uncontrolled spending and debt, with no reforms to either, does nothing to address ObamaCare, and potentially promises more future spending if a budget agreement is reached."Nay" votes scored.
Key Vote 19: On Passage: H.R. 2728 - Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act
This bill would protect individual states' rights to develop energy resources within their borders by declaring state regulations on hydraulic fracturing to have supremacy over those issued by the federal EPA. Hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") has proven to be a safe and economical way to develop America's vast natural gas resources, and in those state which choose to allow fracking thousands of new jobs will be created as a result."Yea" votes scored.
Key Vote 20: On Passage: H.R. 1900 - Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act
This bill simply expedites the permitting process for establishing natural gas pipelines. Currently the federal government has slowed down pipeline construction by as much as several years in many instances, and this bill would require that the permitting process be finished within one year of a permit request being filed."Yea" votes scored.
Key Vote 21: On Concurring in the Senate Amendment: H.J.Res. 59 - The Ryan/Murray Budget
This is the final House vote to pass the budget deal negotiated by Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray. The deal breaks the budget caps established in 2011 by $63 billion over two years, while claiming to contain a net deficit reduction over ten years by raising fees and making other minor cuts. With no guarantee that future congresses will obey the scheduled spending cuts, this bill delivers increases in both spending and taxes in exchange for no meaningful reforms."Nay" votes scored.