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The second Freedom Index is now available for the 112th Congress
APPLETON, WIS. – January 16, 2012 – Votes on key congressional bills have been tallied to indicate the degree of adherence to the Constitution by each representative and senator. The results are now available in the latest issue of The New American. Editor Gary Benoit announces a second scorecard for the 112th Congress with the publication of “The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution.”
Twice a year, the Freedom Index 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.
There were only six congressmen that earned a perfect score on this latest scorecard. The average score in the House was 48 percent, and in the Senate, a mere 40 percent.
“It never ceases to amaze me that politicians swearing an oath to the Constitution score so low in an index that measures their adherence to the founding document,” said Benoit. “And we wonder why the country is doing so poorly.”
This Freedom Index provides a score for all 535 members of Congress based on 10 key votes in the House and the Senate from the last six months, and also gives a cumulative score for each member since the beginning of the 112th Congress.
The index shows how every representative and senator voted on key issues such as Libya, the debt deal, abortion funding, the jobs program, and indefinite detention.
The 112th Congress voting scores are clearly organized by state for both the House and Senate.
The New American, which was established in 1985, is printed twice monthly and published daily online. The New American is the essential news source for freedom-loving Americans. It unearths the abuses of the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, and God-given rights. The magazine is a wholly owned subsidiary of The John Birch Society.