AFP Releases Mid-Term Congressional Scorecard

Jan 10, 2012 by AFP

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the premier free market grassroots organization committed to smaller government and free enterprise, today released its congressional key vote scorecard summarizing how Members of Congress voted on the most important economic issues in the first session of the 112th Congress. The scorecard included critical votes on such issues as the repeal of President Obama’s new health care law, preempting EPA’s purported authority to regulate greenhouse gases, Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget framework, ending ethanol subsidies, several Congressional Review Act resolutions of disapproval to overturn new regulations and the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bills.

Click here to view the 112th Congress mid-term key vote scorecard.

“This was an important session of Congress because it was the first after dozens of conservative legislators from all across the country swept into office after the 2010 elections. This session was a response to the country roundly rejecting the unified so-called progressive style of governance that advocates more centralized decision making and fewer individual economic freedoms,” said AFP Director of Government Affairs James Valvo. “Not surprisingly, there was a stark difference in performance between congressional Democrats and Republicans. While many important substantive and procedural reforms were passed in House, Democratic control of the Senate and poor free market voting patterns blocked nearly all of these much-needed changes.”

While five senators and 39 representatives received a perfect 100-percent score, one senator and 128 representatives received a score of zero, voting against AFP’s stated position on every vote.

All Members of Congress were given notice that AFP would be scoring a specific vote before the vote took place, as well as AFP’s policy rationale for supporting or opposing the vote. All votes are given equal weight in the scorecard; AFP also includes signature of the pledge in its congressional rankings.

A vote-by-vote breakdown of how each Member fared as well as past congressional scorecards can be found here: