Lindsey O. Graham

Lindsey O. Graham

  • R-SC, Senator2003 – present
  • R-SC, 3rd District1995 – 2002
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Lifetime Score 74%

87%
‘05
2005: 87%
100%
2006: 100%
75%
2007: 75%
50%
2008: 50%
77%
2009: 77%
96%
2010: 96%
72%
2011: 72%
77%
2012: 77%
52%
2013: 52%
55%
‘14
2014: 55%

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2014: 113th Congress 55%

  • 1: Motion to Concur: H.R. 3547 - Omnibus Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014Yea

    Key Vote 1: Motion to Concur: 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.
  • 2: On Cloture: H.R. 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (The Farm Bill)Yea

    Key Vote 2: On Cloture: H.R. 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (The 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.
  • 3: On Cloture: S. 540 - Temporary Debt Limit Extension ActNay

    Key Vote 3: On Cloture: 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.
  • 4: On Passage: H.R. 3370 - Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability ActYea

    Key Vote 4: 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.
  • 5: On Cloture: S.Amdt. 2874 to H.R. 3979 - To Retroactively Extend Federal Unemployment Benefits for Six MonthsNay

    Key Vote 5: On Cloture: S.Amdt. 2874 to H.R. 3979 - To Retroactively Extend Federal Unemployment Benefits for Six Months

    This amendment replaced an unrelated bill with a bill to extend federal unemployment insurance benefits by a further six months, starting retroactively in January 2014. Federal unemployment assistance was meant to be temporary, as states already have their own safety nets for the unemployed. Extending this program is an unnecessary cost to taxpayers, and creates perverse incentives than can cause job-seekers more difficulty in finding work.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 6: On Cloture: S. 2262 - Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (Shaheen-Portman)Did Not Vote

    Key Vote 6: On Cloture: S. 2262 - Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (Shaheen-Portman)

    This bipartisan energy bill further subsidizes state projects to make buildings more energy efficient, among various green subsidies. Many of the provisions of this bill are duplicative, and all would be better handled by states themselves. The projects and the accompanying regulations are theoretically voluntary, but with 'incentives' and studies aimed at coercing states to accept them.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 7: On Cloture: Nomination of David Jeremiah Barron to be United States Circuit Judge for the First CircuitNay

    Key Vote 7: On Cloture: Nomination of David Jeremiah Barron to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit

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    David Jeremiah Barron is a troubling judicial nominee due to his explicit advocacy of judicial activism. He was also the White House legal counsel who approved the extralegal killing of a non-combatant American citizen in Yemen - an unprecedented violation of Constitutional rights to due process and trial.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 8: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed: S. 2432 - Bank on Students Emergency Student Loan Refinancing Act Did Not Vote

    Key Vote 8: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed: S. 2432 - Bank on Students Emergency Student Loan Refinancing Act

    This bill would allow students to refinance their private loans into a lower-interest government loan. To pay for this, the bill also contains the so-called "Buffett Tax", a new alternative minimum tax rate that would greatly increases tax rates for higher-income individuals and small businesses.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 9: On the Amendment: S.Amdt. 3584 to H.R. 5021 (Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014)Yea

    Key Vote 9: On the Amendment: S.Amdt. 3584 to H.R. 5021 (Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014)

    This amendment would stop the cycle of mismanagement and bankruptcy in the Highway Trust Fund by devolving that funding directly to the states over a period of 5 years. Cutting out the federal middleman for highway infrastructure projects will allow states to more accurately address their own needs, and at a lower cost than under the current system.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 10: On Passage: H.R. 5021 - Highway and Transportation Funding ActYea

    Key Vote 10: On Passage: H.R. 5021 - Highway and Transportation Funding Act

    This bill bails out the nearly depleted Highway Trust Fund through May of 2015, using revenue gimmicks to supposedly offset most of the cost. The Highway Trust Fund desperately needs reform instead of merely continuing to receive periodic taxpayer bailouts.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 11: On Cloture: S.J.Res. 19 - Proposing a constitutional amendment to regulate campaign-related spendingNay

    Key Vote 11: On Cloture: S.J.Res. 19 - Proposing a constitutional amendment to regulate campaign-related spending

    This constitutional amendment would allow the government broad power to legally define what constitutes political speech for the purposes of regulating expenditures on behalf of candidates. This means that anything from books, movies, billboards, or any other funded public expression that is deemed "political" could be regulated and potentially limited. Effectively, this amendment would place constitutional limits on free speech, stripping away many First Amendment freedoms.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 12: On Cloture: S. 2199 - Paycheck Fairness ActNay

    Key Vote 12: On Cloture: S. 2199 - Paycheck Fairness Act

    This bill purports to ban unequal pay on account of gender from the workforce. But by making unequal pay illegal, it exposes employers to expensive and time-consuming frivolous lawsuits, all to defend an inequality that many studies show does not exist in most industries.

    "Nay" votes scored.
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