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Only 62 House Republicans Stand up to Tax and Spend Budget Deal

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

Last Thursday, the House voted to approve the Ryan-Murray budget (H. J. Res. 59) with overwhelming bipartisan support.  Only 62 Republicans voted against it.  Under this agreement Congress would reinstate more than half of the sequester for the next two years.  Budget caps would be set at $1.012 trillion in 2014 and $1.014 trillion in 2015; current law is $967 billion & $995 billion respectively.  The extra $64 billion in spending is offset with a hodgepodge of intangible, notional, or unverifiable collection of savings spread out over 10 years.  There are a number of conservative concerns with this deal:

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A Roundup of Farm Bill Votes

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

As promised, here is a review of some of the major amendments offered during debate over the farm bill in the House.  You can click here to see the color-coded spreadsheet of how each Republican voted on the amendments and final passage.  The bill failed 195-234 with 62 Republicans voting no.

Here is a synopsis of some of the major amendments with the vote tallies:

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A Recap of Important Amendments to the DHS Appropriations Bill

Friday, June 7th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

Earlier this week, the House voted on the first appropriations bills of the FY 2014 budget process.  So far, leadership has kept their promise to allow an open amendment process on the bills.  As such, members have been able to offer some good and some not so good amendments.  Unfortunately, none of this will make a difference because they will cave on the final budget process at the end of the summer.

Among the amendments, were three votes that I highlighted in a spreadsheet: a bad amendment by Bill Cassidy to delay modest flood insurance reforms, a good amendment by Scott Garrett to block TSA-style searches outside of an airport setting, and a King amendment to defund Obama’s illegal administrative amnesty.  Click here to see the voting presentation.

Here is a description of the amendments from the Republican Study Committee:

Cassidy (R-LA)/Grimm (R-NY)/Palazzo (R-MS).  This amendment delays implementation of Section 207 of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Report Act of 2012 for one year.  Section 207 of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Act of 2012 ends the grandfathered National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) rates and allows the premium rates to rise up to 20 percent per year over a five year period. According to the sponsor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not fully understand the implications of implementing Section 207 and has not accounted for all factors when creating their flood zone maps.  The one year delay is designed to give FEMA time to properly implement the risk premium formulas and create accurate flood zone maps.

The amendment passed 281-144 with 94 GOP votes.

Garrett (R-NJ).  This amendment prohibits any funds in the Act from being used by a Visible Intermodal Protection and Response (VIPR) team or by the Transportation Security Administration to conduct security screening outside of an airport.  According to the TSA, the VIPR program was developed by TSA after the Madrid train bombing in 2005.  VIPR teams are fully mobile and can be deployed at “random locations and times” and are applicable to “all modes of transportation”.  This amendment directs that screening will only be conducted following the provisions of Section 44901 of title 49.  Section 44901 of title 49 applies to screening at airports only.

The amendment failed 180-247 with 68 Republicans voting no:

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36 Republicans Side With Big Labor on Davis-Bacon

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

Earlier today, the House commenced the annual appropriators process when members began voting on amendments to the FY 2014 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriators bill.  Rep. Steve King offered an amendment which would have barred the use of funds in the bill to enforce Davis Bacon Act prevailing wage requirements.  Davis-Bacon mandates that federal government contractors pay prevailing union-level wages for work on federally funded projects.  This law discriminates against non-union firms and costs taxpayers 22% for each project.  The amendment was defeated as 36 Republicans joined with every Democrat to side with Big Labor against the taxpayers.

One would think that all Republicans would realize that not only do labor unions want to destroy the economy; they want to destroy the Republican Party. It’s incomprehensible why Republicans would want to offer handouts to those who bankroll the Democrat Party.

Here is a list of the members who voted against defunding Davis-Bacon.  The so-called conservative, Paul Ryan, was among the Big Labor Republicans.  Bonus fact: Bill Shuster (PA-9) represents the most conservative district of those who sided with the labor unions.  We’re proud to be the first organization to endorse Art Halvorson against him in next year’s primary:

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The Madison Projects Releases Updated Index Scores For 112th Congress

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

Contact: Daniel Horowitz

Daniel@madisonproject.com

The Madison Project Releases Updated Index Scores for 112th Congress

Madison Project Chairman Jim RyunNow conservatives can view the performance of their Republican representatives in the context of the districts they were elected to represent.” 

Washington, DC – Today, the Madison Project PAC released its updated Madison Performance Index (MPI) for the full 112th Congress.  Created in 2012, the MPI measures how closely each Republican House Member is performing against the expected conservative score for his or her district.

“It’s a simple way for us to create clarity for the American taxpayers. Either their Members are performing to the make-up of their districts or they are not,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “We believe the MPI provides a measuring stick for voters to look at when it comes time to retain or remove Members.”

To view the full scores for the 112th Congress (2011 and 2012 combined), please go to: http://www.conservativevotingrecords.com/2011-2012-scores-2/

“Last year, we started a national conversation about the need to better utilize our most conservative districts in elections when we unveiled the Madison Performance Index,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project. “We found that only a small percentage of elected Republicans were fully utilizing their districts to represent conservative free-market values.  Our updated scores continue to show that there are many members from red districts that are dramatically underperforming.”

The Madison Performance Index also highlights Members who have scored above a 90 in the Hall of Fame while listing the worst performers in the Hall of Shame.

“We believe this list of liberal red state Republicans will serve as a checklist for the best opportunities to elect conservatives to the House in primary elections,” said Ryun.

Key takeaways from Madison Performance Index from the 112th Congress:

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Madison Project- Freshman Champions

Monday, April 15th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

For Immediate Release:        

April 15, 2013

Contact: Daniel Horowitz

Daniel@madisonproject.com 

                       

Madison Project PAC Thanks Conservative Freshmen for Standing Strong  
Madison Project Chairman Jim RyunMany Republicans run for office pledging to challenge the status quo in both parties, but few of them ever deliver.  We’d like to recognize those freshmen who have stood strong in their commitment to a limited government agenda.” 

Washington, DC – The Madison Project PAC today announced that it is sending campaign donations to the following conservative freshmen members of Congress: Kerry Bentivolio (MI-11), Jim Bridenstine (OK-1), Ron DeSantis (FL-6), Tom Massie (KY-4), Matt Salmon (AZ-5), and Ted Yoho (FL-3).

“Many freshmen conservatives come to Congress with strong ideals, but are quickly sucked into the system,” said Jim Ryun of the Madison Project. “They are intimidated to ‘vote along to get along’ with the GOP establishment; they are often pressured by leadership to violate their principles; they are quick to allow the allurement of power and fame to corrupt their support for the free market and limited government.” 

“We want to recognize these freshmen members who have demonstrated that it is indeed possible for conservatives to deliver on campaign promises.  The checks we are sending them today are just the first of several more for each one of them and our way of saying, ‘You are doing a great job, we are with you, stay strong’.”

Added Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project, “These are the same citizen legislators they promised to be during last year’s elections and the five we are highlighting today are just the first of what we hope will be many more. We want to encourage them to stay strong and continue to retain an independent spirit within the GOP House Conference.  We urge all conservatives in these districts to thank their representatives for their strong and bold leadership.  We at the Madison Project believe that if we are committed to holding wayward Republicans accountable for abrogating conservative principles, we must be willing to stand with those who remain committed to those values.”

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found athttp://madisonproject.com/

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16 Republicans Give Cover to Dems on Gun Bill

Monday, April 15th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

Last week, 16 Republicans joined with Democrats to vote for cloture on the biggest gun grabbing bill since 1994.  In doing so, they gave cover to Senators Pryor (AR) and Begich (AK), allowing them to vote no, while still granting Harry Reid the votes needed to break the filibuster. The names of the traitors are Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Susan Collins of Maine, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dean Heller of Nevada, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, John McCain of Arizona, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

They will contend that they are merely allowing debate to proceed and will not vote for a bad bill in the end.  The problem is that once cloture is invoked, Reid will cut a deal to move some sort of compromise, such as the Toomey-Manchin expanded background check deal, which will undoubtedly garner enough support to win passage.

Although Mitch McConnell personally voted no, he failed to enforce party discipline by whipping up the vote.  This is exactly why we must change the leadership and the members of the GOP Senate Conference.

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Time to Update Our Performance Index

Monday, March 11th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

Last year, we began a national dialogue among conservatives about the need to elect authentic conservatives from right-leaning districts throughout the country.  In order to draw attention to the plethora of moderate Republicans from conservative districts, we created a simple yet novel index, The Madison Performance Index, as a tool to see how each member is utilizing the political orientation of his/her district to advance conservatism.  We averaged out the 2011 scores from the Club for Growth and Heritage Action for America, and pegged them to the Cook PVI of the member’s district.  

Well, the time has come to update the scores to reflect the entire duration of the 112th Congress – 2011-2012.  We have averaged out the scores from both years and will be posting the final scores over the next few days.  The website will be updated gradually throughout the week to reflect the new information. 

It’s important to note that many of the districts have changed due to biennial redistricting.   However, the scores for last Congress are calculated pursuant to the districts that existed when the members were originally elected.  All those scores will be archived under a new tab where they can easily be viewed.  The map, on the other hand, will reflect the new membership of the current Congress.  As such, when you click on a state, you will only see the current members. 

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GOP House Passes Unconstitutional Democrat VAWA Bill

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

Earlier today, the Republican-controlled House passed the Senate version of the unconstitutional Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  The Senate bill expands “coverage” to illegal aliens, men, homosexuals, transgendered individuals and prisoners.  It  also expands the law’s reach to give tribal Indian authorities jurisdiction over non-Indians accused of abusing Indian women.  

The final bill passed with the support of 87 Republicans.  Before voting on this bill, the House considered a substitute amendment that removed some of the new anomalies.  It was defeated by a coalition of Democrats and 60 Republicans.  It is important to note that about half of the GOP noes were opposing the bill precisely because it did not contain the new social engineering provisions.  So even if all the conservatives had supported the House version, there were enough liberal Republicans to block it.  Moreover, even had the GOP version passed the House, the conferees would have inserted the extra provisions in conference anyway.

We’d like to thank the following members who understood that the entire premise of the bill is flawed, superfluous, and an unconstitutional federal power grab.  The only thing the federal government can do to protect women is to pass a universal right to carry bill.  Everything else is just big government demagoguery.  There is no reason a GOP-controlled House should have brought this bill before the body, much less the Senate passed version.  If they are concerned about the political optics, they should have just ignored it and changed the subject to…let’s say gas and food prices.  Now that is a novel idea.  Giving the Democrats two full days to bludgeon you with gender warfare during debate time is evidently more politically prudent than repealing the ethanol mandate or some other useful legislation.

What is the purpose of a GOP-controlled House anyway?

The following 27 members voted no on both bills:

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20 Republicans Vote for Liar Jack Lew

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized

If you want to know why conservatives are losing the battle for this country, look no further than the imbalance in presidential nominees.  When Republicans are president and they nominate strong conservatives to the cabinet, Democrats move heaven and earth to oppose them.  Republicans just genuflect before Democrats now that Obama is president. 

Aside for the fact that Jack Lew is the architect of Obama’s socialist fiscal policy, he also lied before the Senate Finance Committee concerning his role in the sequester, as confirmed by Bob Woodward.  Yet, 20 Republicans voted to confirm him as the next Secretary of Treasury.

This idea that the president is entitled to appoint anyone he chooses is absurd.  The Constitution grants each individual senator the authority to reject that nominee.  Yes, there has been a tradition (not a Constitutional mandate) to grant the president leeway in appointing cabinet members.  But that tradition was broken long ago by Democrats.  We are in a war for the heart and soul of the Republic and we have no requirement to confirm people who themselves have no regard for the Constitution.  We have no requirement to confirm people like Chuck Hagel, who are not qualified to serve in the Defense Department.  Nor are we required to confirm socialist liars to the Treasury.  The Democrats will never reciprocate this courtesy for controversial Republican nominations. 

The 20 Republicans who voted for Lew are listed below the fold

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