"Freedom Index": Rating Congress Based on the Constitution

By:  The New American Staff
"Freedom Index": Rating Congress Based on the Constitution

Do you know how your U.S. representative and senators vote on key issues? Do you know if their actual voting records conform to their rhetoric — or to the U.S. Constitution?

The New American's "Freedom Index," published four times every two-year congressional term, rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements. Each index shows how every member of the House and Senate voted on 10 keys issues.

Our third Freedom Index for the current Congress, appearing in the July 28 print edition of TNA, includes such important issues as the bloated federal budget, the “temporary” suspension of the federal debt limit, farm and food programs, U.S. aid to Ukraine, indefinite military detention (House only), EPA regulations (House), Janet Yellen’s nomination to the Supreme Court (Senate), and the minimum wage (Senate).

Please check out this index to see how your own representative and senators voted. (Click here for the PDF.) The index not only provides a percentage score for each congressman, but also shows how each congressman voted on each of the 10 key votes.

How well did your own representative and senators do in our newest congressional scorecard on particular issues as well as overall? How well did Congress as a whole do? Are the ratings what you would have expected?

Click here to read the entire article.

(Hold your representative and senators accountable for their votes by clicking here to send them an email about their Freedom Index scores.)

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