Rodney M. Alexander

Rodney M. Alexander

  • R-LA, 5th District2005 – present
  • D-LA, 5th District2003 – 2004
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Lifetime Score 66%

71%
‘05
2005: 71%
67%
2006: 67%
84%
2007: 84%
79%
2008: 79%
90%
2009: 90%
95%
2010: 95%
59%
2011: 59%
26%
2012: 26%
38%
‘13
2013: 38%

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2013: 113th Congress 38%

  • 1: H.Amdt. 4 to H.R. 152 - To offset $17 billion of hurricane relief funds by cutting discretionary spending by 1.63%Nay

    Key Vote 1: H.Amdt. 4 to H.R. 152 - To offset $17 billion of hurricane relief funds by cutting discretionary spending by 1.63%

    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.
  • 2: H.Amdt.5 to H.R. 152 - To add $33.677 billion in additional spending.Yea

    Key Vote 2: H.Amdt.5 to H.R. 152 - 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.
  • 3: H.R. 152 - Disaster Relief Appropriations ActYea

    Key Vote 3: 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.
  • 4: H.R. 325 - To Increase the Debt Limit until May 19th, 2013Yea

    Key Vote 4: 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.
  • 5: H.Res. 99 - Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 933 (the Continuing Resolution to fund the United States government)Yea

    Key Vote 5: H.Res. 99 - Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 933 (the Continuing Resolution to fund the United States government)

    This closed rule does allow for any extended debate or amendments to the Continuing Resolution, 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.
  • 6: H.R. 45 - To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and other Obamacare-related provisionsYea

    Key Vote 6: 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.
  • 7: H.R. 1947 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (Farm Bill)Yea

    Key Vote 7: 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.
  • 8: H.Amdt. 258 to H.R. 2609 - To eliminate $1.544 billion from funding for various energy R&D programsNay

    Key Vote 8: H.Amdt. 258 to H.R. 2609 - To eliminate $1.544 billion from funding for various energy R&D programs

    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.
  • 9: H.R. 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (Farm Bill)Yea

    Key Vote 9: 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 actually makes the Farm Bill worse by making the billions in subsidies to farm corporations and dozens of special hand-outs to favored industries permanent, instead of making free market reforms. The bill also still contains the brand new, unnecessary "shallow-loss" crop insurance entitlement, which will actually increase the Farm Bill's cost.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 10: H.R. 2668 - Fairness for American Families ActYea

    Key Vote 10: 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.
  • 11: H.Amdt. 413 to H.R. 2397 - to prevent the NSA from blanket metadata collection on Americans without specific authorization.Nay

    Key Vote 11: H.Amdt. 413 to H.R. 2397 - to prevent the NSA from blanket metadata collection on Americans without specific authorization.

    This amendment to the DoD Appropriations Act, 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.
  • 12: On the Amendment: H.Amdt.422 to H.R. 2610 - To eliminate the Essential Air Service programNay

    Key Vote 12: On the Amendment: H.Amdt.422 to H.R. 2610 - To eliminate the Essential Air Service program

    This amendment to the T-HUD Appropriations bill would eliminate the Essential Air Service program, a wasteful federal subsidy that supports seldom-used rural airfields. This would save taxpayers $100 million.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 13: H.Amdt. 448 to H.R. 367 - To require that Congress be allowed to vote on any tax or levy upon carbon emissionsYea

    Key Vote 13: H.Amdt. 448 to H.R. 367 - To require that Congress be allowed to vote on any tax 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 far less likely to pass.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 14: H.R. 367 - Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) ActYea

    Key Vote 14: 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.
  • 15: H.R. 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care ActYea

    Key Vote 15: 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.
  • 16: Meadows Letter to Defund ObamaCare through the Continuing ResolutionNay

    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.
  • 17: H.J. Res. 59 - Continuing Resolution (with no funding for ObamaCare)Yea

    Key Vote 17: H.J. Res. 59 - Continuing Resolution (with no funding for ObamaCare)

    This initial Continuing Resolution offered by the House during the debate over the funding for 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. Double Score
  • 19: H.R. 2728 - Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security ActNay

    Key Vote 19: 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.
  • 20: H.R. 1900 - Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform ActNay

    Key Vote 20: 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.
  • 21: On Concurring in the Senate Amendment: H.J.Res. 59 - The Ryan/Murray BudgetNay

    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.
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