Only Six Reps and No Senators Scored 100% on Latest JBS Scorecard

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Written by  JBS Staff Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Here's the latest "Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the Constitution."

Here's the latest "Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the Constitution."

This voting index scores all 435 Representatives and 100 Senators in Congress based on 10 votes on key issues in each house during the second half of 2011. Only six Representatives and no Senators scored 100 percent. Republican presidential candidates Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) have cumulative scores of 86 percent and 100 percent, respectively, for votes 1-20 in 2011.

The votes in the House included: Libya; Incandescent Light Bulbs; Debt Deal; Debt Limit Disapproval; National Labor Relations Board; Cross-state Air-pollution Rules; South Korea Trade Agreement; Abortion Funding; Agriculture-Commerce-Justice-Science-Transportation-HUD Appropriations; and Congressional Approval of Major Regulations.

The votes in the Senate included: IMF Loans; Debt Deal; Debt Limit Disapproval; Trade Promotion Authority; Jobs Program; South Korea Trade Agreement; Net Neutrality; Cross-state Pollution; Agriculture-Commerce-Justice-Science-Transportation-HUD Appropriations; and Indefinite Detention.

The average House score for this index (votes 11-20), the second for the current Congress, is 48 percent. The average Senate score is 40 percent.

Click here to view the entire list of "Freedom Index" PDF downloads from 1987 to present.