The American Conservative Union has announced its 2011 Ratings of Congress, awarding its perfect 100 percent score to nine GOP senators, 14 House Republicans — and no Democrats.
“Since 1971, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization has annually graded Members of Congress based on their votes on key conservative issues,” the ACU said in a statement.
ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said: “With government growing faster than at any other time in the history of our country, the American Conservative Union continues to play a major role in giving the American people the tools they need to make informed voting decisions at every level of government.”
Cardenas went on to “applaud and thank the many Senators and Representatives who achieved perfect or high scores on our 2011 ACU Ratings of Congress. Their unwavering commitment to our shared conservative principles stands in stark contrast to the liberals in Washington who continue to rubberstamp President Obama’s failed agenda for America.”
The ACU tracks a wide range of issues before Congress to determine which votes serve as a clear litmus test separating conservatives from liberals.
The Senate received an overall rating of 62 percent for 2011, up sharply from 41.5 percent in 2010.
The Republican average was 83.4 percent, while Democrats scored a paltry 5.3 percent rating.
Republican senators who received a perfect 100 percent rating — called “Defenders of Liberty” by the ACU — are Tom Coburn (Okla.), Jim DeMint (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Jim Inhofe (Okla.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), and David Vitter (La.).
Nineteen Democratic senators received a rating of zero percent, including Barbara Boxer (Calif.) Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Al Franken (Minn.), Harry Reid (Nev.), and Charles Schumer (N.Y.).
The lowest Republicans were Scott Brown (Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), both at 50 percent. The highest Democrat was Ben Nelson (Neb.) at 25 percent.
The overall House rating was 48.2 percent, with the Republicans averaging 81.5 percent the Democrats 6.5 percent.
Fourteen Republican House members were “Defenders of Liberty,” while 54 Democrats scored a zero percent rating.
The lowest Republican was Richard Hanna (N.Y.) at 40 percent, and the highest Democrat was Dan Boren (Okla.) at 48 percent.
Founded in 1964, the ACU states that it represents the views of Americans who are concerned with economic growth through lower taxes and reduced government spending and the issues of liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values and national security.