How did your Congressman vote on HR1?

posted at 10:15 am on February 26, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The GOP-controlled House passed HR1 last week after plenty of debate and votes on amendments, in what is now a rare open-rules process.  The overall bill passed mainly on a party-line vote, but the amendments got less attention.  Heritage’s Action for America blog drilled down through all of the votes and built a handy tool for constituents to determine exactly how their Representative did on supporting spending cuts:

Heritage Action compiled all of the votes on the amendments that proposed to cut non-security spending.  We excluded amendments that proposed to shift spending from one program to another or sought to block various Obama policies—whether it be the many amendments to defund Obamacare or turn off the EPA’s rule making authority.  For this exercise, we chose to look solely at the unambiguous spending cuts and to see how Congress did.

The data may surprise a few people.  For instance, how many House Democrats refused to vote for any spending cut out of the 21 proposed?  96.  Almost 100 Democrats — one shy of half of their caucus — couldn’t find any spending cuts they could support. And beyond those 96, another 47 could only vote to support one tax cut.  Combined, that means that 143 out of 193 Democrats could only find one or less spending cut to support — or  71% of their caucus. The highest-ranking Democrat on spending-cut votes is Robert Costa of California, who supported 50% of the proposals.

On the other end of the spectrum, how many Republicans voted for every spending cut proposed?  Out of 241 Republicans, that number was … 47. Most Republicans supported most of the cuts, however, although Heritage does list the “most reluctant” GOP spending cutters. The most reluctant? David Reichert of Washington, with a 19% rating, followed closely by Steve LaTourette of Ohio at 24%.

Below is the tool created by Heritage to see the results of Round One in the fight to bring federal spending under control. Which elected officials are in the taxpayers’ corner?

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Party lines. The Great Divide continues.

jeanie on February 26, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Not in Pennsylvania. I was shocked just how low the GOP members from here scored. I tend to like how RINO the Penn GOP is, but this time I’m very annoyed. 8 out of 12 them scored below 60%! It’s that I demand that a Congressman go along with every budget cut. I would only scored about 80% myself. What angers me is that they were unable to find enough acceptable cuts to them. These GOP congressman have bought too much into the culture of government as Santa Claus.

thuja on February 26, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Guinta did a lot better but not good enough. He’s a freshman and will be admonished so he knows he could also be in serious trouble if he keeps doing this.

shmendrick on February 26, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Is Cantor all over these guys?

disa on February 26, 2011 at 7:26 PM

I live in Rhode Island; David Cicilline and Jim Langevin. I don’t even have to refer to Heritage’s chart to know how those two dopes scored. I’m sure we would have fared much better if we still had Patrick Kennedy in office. Oh, wait…nevermind.

Dopenstrange on February 26, 2011 at 7:58 PM

redwhiteblue on February 26, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Howdy back, neighbor! Yes, I’d appreciate the info. I like Brady, but really thought he’d be 100%.

cartooner on February 26, 2011 at 10:02 PM

The good news for me is that my Rep. Jane Harman (11% support for spending cuts), is retiring. The bad news is that the way our district is carved there is no possible way that a Republican can win the special election, and we will end up with someone else equally irresponsible. Maybe I should move down to the OC where I can be with Rohrbacher (90% woo-hoo). Sigh.

DWillens on February 26, 2011 at 6:36 PM

That would be a good move, and BTW Dana is a friend of mine!

cartooner on February 26, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Maryland Md. 7 Cummings (D ) 0%
Maryland Md. 4 Edwards, D.(D ) 0%
Maryland Md. 5 Hoyer (D ) 0%
Maryland Md. 2 Ruppersberger(D ) 0%

Look at this block of champagne socialists. If ever there was an example of why earmarks must be abolished for the states than look no farther than Maryland. If not for earmarks, Maryland would have been forced to address fiscal responsibility years ago. But the state doesn’t have to compete in the open market. No, and Baltimore City’s mayor thought she was entitled to donated gift cards for the poor even after conviction. Shame.

With Steele out, I can’t see any hope and change (TM) for the GOP in Maryland either for there is no difference between them and the Dems. Incestuous. I had such high hopes for grassroots effort with Steele the head of the GOP but when the Maryland website can’t even list events with links that work, all GOP meetings cost something for attendance (add a babysitter and gas cost on top of that), and you get fobbed off to some new “social media” site, it all equals big fat fail. Yeah, it was Steele. Nothing new. Heck, even the Americans for Prosperity state coordinator didn’t know Baltimore City is not in Baltimore County. Shame.

There is potential since Maryland is a right to work state. No doubt maintained by the D.C. contractors who cycle through. Speaking of work, did you hear how Maryland turned over one of its prison facilities to the Feds in exchange for $20 million in cash for Maryland to *cough* build another facility for the state elsewhere? But the best part is, somehow the state will run the federal facility. Yes, no state workers will lose their job but the Feds will be paying their salary. Ponzi anyone?

FeFe on February 27, 2011 at 8:04 AM