How “Constitutional” are the Votes of Your State’s Federal Delegation?

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I remember from two years ago the charges leveled at Tennessee’s Senator Bob Corker. One of his opponents claimed that Corker voted with President Obama 60% of the time. Despite making this claim over and over, I never did find any evidence they presented which could be independently verified or, at least, evaluated for validity of conclusion.

The John Birch Society publishes an annual report, The Freedom Index, on how constitutional the votes are for federal officials. They’ve been doing this for over 25 years. I have enjoyed their reports and even wrote about it back in 2011 in the run-up to the elections. Around a dozen or so key votes are identified for each year, with constitutional implications, and the votes of all members of the US House and Senate are tallied and rated as to whether or not they are in line with the US Constitution or not.

The Birch Society has released a new Freedom Index in 2013 and I really like what they have done. This time they have included a comprehensive report covering all the votes they have tracked from 1999 to 2013. All the votes taken by current members in that time frame are then totaled to get a “lifetime” rating, as it were.

National party leaders scored this way.

In the US Senate, Harry Reid’s cumulative score is just 17%. In the US House, Nancy Pelosi scores just 16%. On the GOP side, Mitch McConnell scored 61% and John Boehner scored 54%.

Read the rest of the stats at Joe for America

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