After Action Report: HR 1

Update: Conservatives all around the country are taking notice: Hot Air, Big Government, NRO, American Spectator and the OC Register.

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a measure to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year and cut $61 billion in the process. The bill was considered under an open amendment process, and there were hundreds of amendments offered and over a hundred votes cast over the span of a week. This after-action report will look solely at the Congressional appetite to cut spending.

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.

Key takeaways:


47 Members (all Republicans) showed a rock-solid willingness to cut spending by voting for every spending cut:

  • Amash, Bachmann, Broun, Campbell, Chabot, Chaffetz, Coffman, Duncan (TN), Duncan (SC), Flake, Fleming, Franks, Garrett, Gowdy, Graves (GA), Heller, Hensarling, Herger, Huelskamp, Huizenga, Hurt, Jenkins, Jordan, Lamborn, Mack, McClintock, McHenry, Miller (FL), Mulvaney, Myrick, Neugebauer, Paul, Pence, Pompeo, Price (GA), Ribble, Rokita, Royce, Scalise, Schweikert, Scott (GA), Scott (SC), Sessions, Walsh, Wilson, Woodall, and Young (IN).

95 Members (all Democrats) showed no appetite to cut spending by voting against every single spending cut. Another 47 voted against all but one of the cuts.

The following were the most reluctant Republicans to cut spending in descending order:

  • Reichert, LaTourette, Biggert, Gerlach, Simpson, Diaz-Balart, Smith (NJ), Bass, Frelinghuysen, Wolf, Wittman, Dent, Dold, Grimm, Kinzinger, Meehan, Stivers, and Young (FL).

Compared to their partisan colleagues, the following Democrats were the most willing to cut spending:

  • Costa, Peters, Boren, Holden, Peterson, Altmire, Cardoza, Owens, Barrow, Cuellar, Ross, Shuler, Costello, Schrader, McIntyre, Chandler, Donnelly, Himes, and Kissell.

DOWNLOAD this PDF to see how your Member voted on each amendment

Note on Methodology: Missed votes (indicated by an X on the chart) were not included in either a positive or negative fashion. For instance, a Member who missed all 21 votes (0 for 0) would receive no rating.

The spending cuts include the following 21 amendments:

1) Eliminate $34 million for the National Drug Intelligence Center (Flake);
2) Cut $10 million from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Latta);
3) Eliminate the Legal Services Corporation, saving $324.4 million (Duncan-SC);
4) Cut $50 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency (Biggert);
5) Cut $70 million in energy efficiency programs at the Energy Department (Latta);
6) Eliminate $35 million in funding for land acquisition at various agencies (Lummis);
7) Cut $64 million from EPA science and technology programs (Flake);
8 ) Cut $8 million from EPA environmental programs and management (Pompeo);
9) Cut $10 million from EPA state and tribal assistance grants (Reed);
10) Cut $7.4 million for forestry programs at the U.S. Forest Service (Pompeo);
11) Cut $20.6 million from the National Endowment for the Arts (Walberg);
12) Eliminate $4.5 million in funding for the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program (Canseco);
13) Eliminate $15 million in funding for the Presidio Trust Fund (Reed);
14) Cut $100 million from Community Development Block Grants (Flake);
15) Eliminate $233.4 million in funding for the National Labor Relations Board (Price-GA);
16) Eliminate $42.7 million in funding for the U.S. Institute of Peace (Weiner);
17) Eliminate $10.7 million in funding for the East-West Center (Canseco);
18) Cut $211.2 million in funding from multilateral assistance through international financial institutions (Heller);
19) Cut $446.9 million in Amtrak funding (Sessions);
20) Cut all funding by 5.5% and legislative branch spending by 11%, with certain exemptions, saving $22
billion (Blackburn);
21) Cut all funding down to fiscal year 2006 levels, with certain exemptions, saving $34 billion (Mulvaney).

Update: We originally said “133 Members (all Democrats) showed no appetite to cut spending by voting against every single spending cut. ” That number should have been 95, with another 42 opposing every cut but one.

Please Share Your Thoughts
  • http://jp8052@sbcglobal.net Jeannie Prather

    Thank you for making this timely information available to all Americans who are themselves belt-tightening and are being assisted in ways that matter by outstanding efforts of their congressman.

    • Harriet Seymour

      Until the Congress addresses Agenda 21 and the UN takeover of our local communites under ICLEI, they are whistling in the wind. ICLEI is more dangerous than al quaida.

      You need to check your county or city to see if you county council is a member. They have a contract with the UN for “livable sustainabililty” or rather stack and pack next to comuter rail.

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    • Steve Andreano

      Thank you for this info. I am wondering what the House will do about the suspending the funding for Obama care….I heard that a bill would be introduced to overturn the “pelosi rule”…and de-fund all of the measure.

      Will that happen?

  • http://jp8052@sbcglobal.net Jeannie Prather

    Thank you for making this timely information available to all Americans who are themselves belt-tightening and are being assisted in ways that matter by outstanding efforts of their congressman.

    • Harriet Seymour

      Until the Congress addresses Agenda 21 and the UN takeover of our local communites under ICLEI, they are whistling in the wind. ICLEI is more dangerous than al quaida.

      You need to check your county or city to see if you county council is a member. They have a contract with the UN for “livable sustainabililty” or rather stack and pack next to comuter rail.

    • Steve Andreano

      Thank you for this info. I am wondering what the House will do about the suspending the funding for Obama care….I heard that a bill would be introduced to overturn the “pelosi rule”…and de-fund all of the measure.

      Will that happen?

  • John Thacker

    I’m getting some odd problems when I try to select by state Massachusetts, Maryland, or Maine. The Members from each state are getting mixed together– e.g., if I select Maryland it shows me all Massachusetts members.

    Other states seem to work fine.

    • Nathanael Yellis

      John, it is fixed for those states now.

  • John Thacker

    I’m getting some odd problems when I try to select by state Massachusetts, Maryland, or Maine. The Members from each state are getting mixed together– e.g., if I select Maryland it shows me all Massachusetts members.

    Other states seem to work fine.

    • Nathanael Yellis

      John, it is fixed for those states now.

  • Judith Weiss

    Proud of all the AZ Reps. Thanks for making this information available.

    • Hal Metzger

      On the most reluctant Repubs you list, please show their states so that we may contact them for the particulars regarding their foot dragging.

      • LibRHaters

        The cuts are WAY too conservative! It amounts to 1.017% of the astronomical $3,630,000,000,000 budget! That’s NO cut! That’s a scratch! We need real Conservativatism! If both parties can’t make the real choices that will shrink this government down to remove the deafening sucking sound in D.C., then our way of life is almost OVER! We are almost to the point that we can’t pay the interest payments on our Federal debt. This “scratch” doesn’t slow us from the impending train wreck for our economy but by a few “debt ticker” seconds!
        Obviously, there couldn’t be a better event for our country than for our government to be shut down! Congressmen, please! Please, lower the budget by the front number, the 3! Bring that 3 down to a 1. How about a $1,250,000,000,000 budget? COME ON!

        • LibsRHaters

          Correction: Sorry, I had 3 extra zeros on my trillions…
          By the way, if you were to stack a trillion one dollar bills up in one stack, how high would it be?
          Answer: 67,000 miles
          Distance to the moon: 238857 miles
          Obama budget in one dollar bills stacked up in one pile takes us to the dark side of the moon!
          The budget, with the GOP cuts, still gets the stack of one dollar bills from the budget to the moon.
          Great! The budget, even with GOP cuts, still takes us to the moon!

  • Judith Weiss

    Proud of all the AZ Reps. Thanks for making this information available.

    • Hal Metzger

      On the most reluctant Repubs you list, please show their states so that we may contact them for the particulars regarding their foot dragging.

      • LibRHaters

        The cuts are WAY too conservative! It amounts to 1.017% of the astronomical $3,630,000,000,000 budget! That’s NO cut! That’s a scratch! We need real Conservativatism! If both parties can’t make the real choices that will shrink this government down to remove the deafening sucking sound in D.C., then our way of life is almost OVER! We are almost to the point that we can’t pay the interest payments on our Federal debt. This “scratch” doesn’t slow us from the impending train wreck for our economy but by a few “debt ticker” seconds!
        Obviously, there couldn’t be a better event for our country than for our government to be shut down! Congressmen, please! Please, lower the budget by the front number, the 3! Bring that 3 down to a 1. How about a $1,250,000,000,000 budget? COME ON!

        • LibsRHaters

          Correction: Sorry, I had 3 extra zeros on my trillions…
          By the way, if you were to stack a trillion one dollar bills up in one stack, how high would it be?
          Answer: 67,000 miles
          Distance to the moon: 238857 miles
          Obama budget in one dollar bills stacked up in one pile takes us to the dark side of the moon!
          The budget, with the GOP cuts, still gets the stack of one dollar bills from the budget to the moon.
          Great! The budget, even with GOP cuts, still takes us to the moon!

  • http://pstanford775@msn.com Pam stanford

    And where are the cuts to foreign entities,particularly those countries that hate us.
    Want to save more? cut the departments like the EPA, shut them down, they are a big part of the home grown terrorists faction and are exacerbating the ability to get jobs in this country. Shut the entire network down and put these lousy anti American employees out to pasture. Same for any other agency funded by the federal tax dollar that work Against America. We do not need the department that acquired land, period, cut the entire National Endowment for the arts, let them raise their own money,eliminate the entire National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program. As a matter of fact, all the agencies listed in the list above can be discontinued and let all of those that suck of the taxpayer go find a real job in an environment that they created.,

    • Cheryl

      Way to go Pam!!! Could not have said it better myself!!!

    • JAFO

      Well said… Cutting Foreign Aid to nations that have proven to be anti-American, also, would cut Hundreds of Billions of $$$ of our yearly deficit spending . Like,,, Egypt… Anti-American regimes are taking over countries on our dime…

      • Kathy Bessler

        We still give Foreign Aid to China! Is that absurd or what!

      • Laura Wickett

        Lets take it one step further.As businesses and state and county budgets are being cut because of the decrease in tax revenue, lets see our Congress cut their salary by 10% and pay full premiums for their benefits. Lets cut out the full retirement benefits to those politicians who only serve one or two terms. Lets effect their wallets and see if that is not a wake up call.

        • SirJohn

          Let’s cut all foreign aid, since we’re broke, esp to anti-American
          countries, Islamic, terrorists, socialist, communist countries. Cut all federal salaries by 35% and they’re still paid more than us, cut all Federal Pensions EXCEPT for Military, Fire & all Law Enforcement, who risk lives only, not clerical, subject all to
          Soc Sec only, same rate as current recipients, only, cut all
          Retired Federal Pensions down to
          same as social security, and make
          all Govt employees pay in for their benefits, same as private
          sector, fair is fair. Pass Fair Tax and eliminate IRS & filing entirely (FairTax includes SocSec) lifts filing burdens from
          all incl business, freeing them to
          create millions of jobs. CUT all that we can, except SS & Medicare, have sep. IRA-type accts to protect workers, prohibit
          any govt “borrowing” from SS, and have them pay back what they have
          already borrowed, and pay off debts for foreign countries minus
          all “foreign aid” given to same,
          and cut govt pay & benefits so only those who want to serve will
          stay, and have complete background
          check done on any before hired, and fire all radical, socialist, communist & Islamic-terrorists now
          employed. Outlaw any Sharia law now and forever prohibit it as
          anti-human -to protect men and women from decapitation, terror and torture. . Condemn Media and
          end all govt financing of Radio, TV and Arts. Prohibit all child
          abuse & porn, sex abuse, etc.
          Outlaw NAMBLA -men-boy love, and
          similar. Stop the moral decay and
          destruction -end radical socialist
          destruction of morals, and get them out of educational materials.
          Eliminate EPA, cut back power on
          FDA, curtail AMA’s power to remove
          MedLicense, Encourage natural healing FIRST before drugs, surgery when possible, have all Medical Dr. stress prevention, exercise, diet, Remove all chemicals from food, except only
          fewest necessary if any necessary, Eliminate IRS entirely,
          and all other Agencies which don’t serve Amer.Citizens best interests. Shorten Congress time
          to no more than 6 mos, and prohibit passing any bill which has not been read, studied, debated, and penalize heavy handed
          attacks on those with different opinions, penalize LIARS by loss
          of month’s pay for each offense,
          fine “bussed in thugs” and those
          who pay for the bussing & per diems to unemployed thugs which
          foster violence & disrupt Town Hall meetings of concerned, peaceful citizens. God Bless & strenghthen all good
          Men, Women & children in America.
          Finish the border fence then staff it -with Military Guards, ample to protect with gunfire whenever shots fired against USA.
          Impeach Obama & his insanity and
          all his co-horts & Czars.

      • SHARON

        IT WAS SUGGESTED TO ME….LIKE WHEN OUR TROOPS WERE SENT TO ‘SUPPORT SOUTH KOREA , WHEN THEY HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE NORTH….THAT THEY SHOULD FOOT THE BILL FOR US HELPING TO PROTECT THEM…….SURE DONT SEE ANYTHING WRONG IN THAT. AND ALSO FOR WHOEVER NEEDS OUR HELP….THERE SHOULD BE PAYMENT FOR THIS….

  • http://pstanford775@msn.com Pam stanford

    And where are the cuts to foreign entities,particularly those countries that hate us.
    Want to save more? cut the departments like the EPA, shut them down, they are a big part of the home grown terrorists faction and are exacerbating the ability to get jobs in this country. Shut the entire network down and put these lousy anti American employees out to pasture. Same for any other agency funded by the federal tax dollar that work Against America. We do not need the department that acquired land, period, cut the entire National Endowment for the arts, let them raise their own money,eliminate the entire National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program. As a matter of fact, all the agencies listed in the list above can be discontinued and let all of those that suck of the taxpayer go find a real job in an environment that they created.,

    • Cheryl

      Way to go Pam!!! Could not have said it better myself!!!

    • JAFO

      Well said… Cutting Foreign Aid to nations that have proven to be anti-American, also, would cut Hundreds of Billions of $$$ of our yearly deficit spending . Like,,, Egypt… Anti-American regimes are taking over countries on our dime…

      • Kathy Bessler

        We still give Foreign Aid to China! Is that absurd or what!

      • Laura Wickett

        Lets take it one step further.As businesses and state and county budgets are being cut because of the decrease in tax revenue, lets see our Congress cut their salary by 10% and pay full premiums for their benefits. Lets cut out the full retirement benefits to those politicians who only serve one or two terms. Lets effect their wallets and see if that is not a wake up call.

        • SirJohn

          Let’s cut all foreign aid, since we’re broke, esp to anti-American
          countries, Islamic, terrorists, socialist, communist countries. Cut all federal salaries by 35% and they’re still paid more than us, cut all Federal Pensions EXCEPT for Military, Fire & all Law Enforcement, who risk lives only, not clerical, subject all to
          Soc Sec only, same rate as current recipients, only, cut all
          Retired Federal Pensions down to
          same as social security, and make
          all Govt employees pay in for their benefits, same as private
          sector, fair is fair. Pass Fair Tax and eliminate IRS & filing entirely (FairTax includes SocSec) lifts filing burdens from
          all incl business, freeing them to
          create millions of jobs. CUT all that we can, except SS & Medicare, have sep. IRA-type accts to protect workers, prohibit
          any govt “borrowing” from SS, and have them pay back what they have
          already borrowed, and pay off debts for foreign countries minus
          all “foreign aid” given to same,
          and cut govt pay & benefits so only those who want to serve will
          stay, and have complete background
          check done on any before hired, and fire all radical, socialist, communist & Islamic-terrorists now
          employed. Outlaw any Sharia law now and forever prohibit it as
          anti-human -to protect men and women from decapitation, terror and torture. . Condemn Media and
          end all govt financing of Radio, TV and Arts. Prohibit all child
          abuse & porn, sex abuse, etc.
          Outlaw NAMBLA -men-boy love, and
          similar. Stop the moral decay and
          destruction -end radical socialist
          destruction of morals, and get them out of educational materials.
          Eliminate EPA, cut back power on
          FDA, curtail AMA’s power to remove
          MedLicense, Encourage natural healing FIRST before drugs, surgery when possible, have all Medical Dr. stress prevention, exercise, diet, Remove all chemicals from food, except only
          fewest necessary if any necessary, Eliminate IRS entirely,
          and all other Agencies which don’t serve Amer.Citizens best interests. Shorten Congress time
          to no more than 6 mos, and prohibit passing any bill which has not been read, studied, debated, and penalize heavy handed
          attacks on those with different opinions, penalize LIARS by loss
          of month’s pay for each offense,
          fine “bussed in thugs” and those
          who pay for the bussing & per diems to unemployed thugs which
          foster violence & disrupt Town Hall meetings of concerned, peaceful citizens. God Bless & strenghthen all good
          Men, Women & children in America.
          Finish the border fence then staff it -with Military Guards, ample to protect with gunfire whenever shots fired against USA.
          Impeach Obama & his insanity and
          all his co-horts & Czars.

      • SHARON

        IT WAS SUGGESTED TO ME….LIKE WHEN OUR TROOPS WERE SENT TO ‘SUPPORT SOUTH KOREA , WHEN THEY HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE NORTH….THAT THEY SHOULD FOOT THE BILL FOR US HELPING TO PROTECT THEM…….SURE DONT SEE ANYTHING WRONG IN THAT. AND ALSO FOR WHOEVER NEEDS OUR HELP….THERE SHOULD BE PAYMENT FOR THIS….

  • Douglas Johnson

    Below is a comment I posted over at National Review’s “The Corner” on this data. I hope it is of interest:

    This is excellent data to review the social vs. fiscal conservatism debate.

    Many here on NRO have argued that social conservatives need to stand down this election, or at least put their issues aside for the more important issue of fiscal reform. Mitch Daniels went so far as to say social conservatives should declare a unilateral truce.

    The implication here is that social conservatism gets in the way of the greater priority of fiscal conservatism. Well does it? Do we have any data with which to analyze that question? We do!

    I looked at the Heritage Foundation scorecard on those Republicans that were most likely to support spending cuts, versus those Republicans most likely to oppose spending cuts. I then searched out every name on the Christian Coalition’s 2010 scorecard (I excluded freshman) which rates how congressman voted on 10 different social issues (abortion, health care, gay marriage, etc.).

    Now all these congressman are Republicans and they vote the same most of the time. As far as that goes the most liberal Democrats vote the same as the most conservative Republicans MOST of the time. There are a small number of crucial votes that make all the difference. In other words, there is a world of difference between a 80 or 90 Christian Coalition score and a 100 score. So I compiled a list of Republican spenders vs. Republican cutters and I compared that to the Christian Coalition scorecard of congressman that vote the social conservative line 100% of the time. Here’s what I found:

    1) Of the 32 (non-freshman) congressman scored 100% by the Christian Coalition on social issues, 84% of them were rated as the most likely to cut spending by the Heritage Foundation.

    2) Of the 9 congressman that the Christian Coalition did not score 100%, 7 or 78% of them made up the Heritage Foundation list of the congressman LEAST LIKELY to cut spending.

    How about the Congressman who aren’t 100% social conservatives, but who are dedicated to cutting spending? These are precisely the guys many libertarians are saying now need to lead the GOP.

    3) Congressman who are not 100% social conservatives make up 2 out of 29 congressman who are most likely to cut spending. In percentage terms they make up 7% of those MOST LIKELY to cut spending. Conversely, of these non-social conservative Republicans, 78% are among those LEAST LIKELY to support spending cuts.

    But not all social conservatives can be relied upon to cut spending. Some of those Republicans LEAST LIKELY to cut spending also scored 100% on the Christian Coalition scorecard.

    4) Of the 32 Congressman rated 100% by the Christian Coalition on social issues 16% (5) are among those LEAST LIKELY to cut spending.

    5) Of the 32 Congressman rated 100% by the Christian Coalition on social issues 84% (27) are among those MOST LIKELY to cut spending.

    Every politician alive will tell you he’s against unnecessary spending. As a voter, how do you know if he’ll turn out to be a spender or a cutter? Ask him about the 10 issues appearing on the Christian Coalition social conservatism scorecard. If he doesn’t score 100% as a social conservative, the odds overwhelmingly say he has little interest in real spending cuts.

    • Dave Parrish

      Thanks Douglas. Your findings are not as intuitive as one might think given the high and rising number of libertarians who claim to be fiscally conservative but socially liberal.

  • Douglas Johnson

    Below is a comment I posted over at National Review’s “The Corner” on this data. I hope it is of interest:

    This is excellent data to review the social vs. fiscal conservatism debate.

    Many here on NRO have argued that social conservatives need to stand down this election, or at least put their issues aside for the more important issue of fiscal reform. Mitch Daniels went so far as to say social conservatives should declare a unilateral truce.

    The implication here is that social conservatism gets in the way of the greater priority of fiscal conservatism. Well does it? Do we have any data with which to analyze that question? We do!

    I looked at the Heritage Foundation scorecard on those Republicans that were most likely to support spending cuts, versus those Republicans most likely to oppose spending cuts. I then searched out every name on the Christian Coalition’s 2010 scorecard (I excluded freshman) which rates how congressman voted on 10 different social issues (abortion, health care, gay marriage, etc.).

    Now all these congressman are Republicans and they vote the same most of the time. As far as that goes the most liberal Democrats vote the same as the most conservative Republicans MOST of the time. There are a small number of crucial votes that make all the difference. In other words, there is a world of difference between a 80 or 90 Christian Coalition score and a 100 score. So I compiled a list of Republican spenders vs. Republican cutters and I compared that to the Christian Coalition scorecard of congressman that vote the social conservative line 100% of the time. Here’s what I found:

    1) Of the 32 (non-freshman) congressman scored 100% by the Christian Coalition on social issues, 84% of them were rated as the most likely to cut spending by the Heritage Foundation.

    2) Of the 9 congressman that the Christian Coalition did not score 100%, 7 or 78% of them made up the Heritage Foundation list of the congressman LEAST LIKELY to cut spending.

    How about the Congressman who aren’t 100% social conservatives, but who are dedicated to cutting spending? These are precisely the guys many libertarians are saying now need to lead the GOP.

    3) Congressman who are not 100% social conservatives make up 2 out of 29 congressman who are most likely to cut spending. In percentage terms they make up 7% of those MOST LIKELY to cut spending. Conversely, of these non-social conservative Republicans, 78% are among those LEAST LIKELY to support spending cuts.

    But not all social conservatives can be relied upon to cut spending. Some of those Republicans LEAST LIKELY to cut spending also scored 100% on the Christian Coalition scorecard.

    4) Of the 32 Congressman rated 100% by the Christian Coalition on social issues 16% (5) are among those LEAST LIKELY to cut spending.

    5) Of the 32 Congressman rated 100% by the Christian Coalition on social issues 84% (27) are among those MOST LIKELY to cut spending.

    Every politician alive will tell you he’s against unnecessary spending. As a voter, how do you know if he’ll turn out to be a spender or a cutter? Ask him about the 10 issues appearing on the Christian Coalition social conservatism scorecard. If he doesn’t score 100% as a social conservative, the odds overwhelmingly say he has little interest in real spending cuts.

    • Dave Parrish

      Thanks Douglas. Your findings are not as intuitive as one might think given the high and rising number of libertarians who claim to be fiscally conservative but socially liberal.

  • Loretta in Indiana

    Thank you, Todd Young, for voting for every spending cut!! Do not back down and hold firm… this is why we supported you…

    • Kenneth

      Congressman Wittman, 1st District Virginia, voted in favor of the cuts only 36% of the time and missed 10 of 25 votes taken, altogether. Campaign speeches were as conservative as you can get! So what happened? Pressure can make people do strange and surprising things. We are waiting for an explanation from the congressman. Thanks Heritage, this information is critical, at this time.

      • Carol Dawson

        Congressman Wittman missed those votes because he was at the bedside of his dying father. We all know how he would have voted had he been able to be there. But all of us would be with a sick parent if we were ever in that position. His father’s funeral was Feb.24. Heritage did him a disservice in not mentioning the reason for the missed votes.

      • http://www.wittman.house.gov Abigail Shilling

        Kenneth, thanks for asking about Congressman Wittman’s votes. Mr. Wittman unfortunately had to miss those 10 votes (out of over 100 amendment votes) due to a family tragedy. Had he been in attendance, he would have cast his votes to cut spending on those 10 amendments. Overall, he was proud to support the bill to cut spending and you can read his statement here: http://wittman.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=534:wittman-votes-to-encourage-responsible-government-spending&catid=32:2011-news

        Abigail Shilling
        Communications Director
        Rep. Rob Wittman

  • Loretta in Indiana

    Thank you, Todd Young, for voting for every spending cut!! Do not back down and hold firm… this is why we supported you…

    • Kenneth

      Congressman Wittman, 1st District Virginia, voted in favor of the cuts only 36% of the time and missed 10 of 25 votes taken, altogether. Campaign speeches were as conservative as you can get! So what happened? Pressure can make people do strange and surprising things. We are waiting for an explanation from the congressman. Thanks Heritage, this information is critical, at this time.

      • Carol Dawson

        Congressman Wittman missed those votes because he was at the bedside of his dying father. We all know how he would have voted had he been able to be there. But all of us would be with a sick parent if we were ever in that position. His father’s funeral was Feb.24. Heritage did him a disservice in not mentioning the reason for the missed votes.

      • http://www.wittman.house.gov Abigail Shilling

        Kenneth, thanks for asking about Congressman Wittman’s votes. Mr. Wittman unfortunately had to miss those 10 votes (out of over 100 amendment votes) due to a family tragedy. Had he been in attendance, he would have cast his votes to cut spending on those 10 amendments. Overall, he was proud to support the bill to cut spending and you can read his statement here: http://wittman.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=534:wittman-votes-to-encourage-responsible-government-spending&catid=32:2011-news

        Abigail Shilling
        Communications Director
        Rep. Rob Wittman

  • Karen

    Thank you very much everyone. Next time lets cut more..have I heard cuts amount to only 1% of what we asked to have cut? Where are the cuts to educating and feeding and medicating the illegal immigrants. We don’t need more legal or illegal immigrants to care for.

  • Karen

    Thank you very much everyone. Next time lets cut more..have I heard cuts amount to only 1% of what we asked to have cut? Where are the cuts to educating and feeding and medicating the illegal immigrants. We don’t need more legal or illegal immigrants to care for.

  • Kurt R. Schmeling

    I live in NY 25, and for two years all we got was an Obama soldier from Mafei. Now that we have Ann Marie Buerkle representing us, she is willing to make the hard choices. Her 95% rating is a proud moment for the 25th in NY

    • L.E.Palomeque

      Ann Marie is great!

  • Kurt R. Schmeling

    I live in NY 25, and for two years all we got was an Obama soldier from Mafei. Now that we have Ann Marie Buerkle representing us, she is willing to make the hard choices. Her 95% rating is a proud moment for the 25th in NY

    • L.E.Palomeque

      Ann Marie is great!

  • Tom Holmes

    Just wrote my Congressman, John Mica, to inquire about his 70% rating.

    • Frank

      Likewise. Mike Fitzpatrick (R, PA-8) is a freshman but on his second go-around in Congress. His 52% score raises red flags. I’ve already emailed him to challenge this and contacted the local Tea Party office.

  • Tom Holmes

    Just wrote my Congressman, John Mica, to inquire about his 70% rating.

    • Frank

      Likewise. Mike Fitzpatrick (R, PA-8) is a freshman but on his second go-around in Congress. His 52% score raises red flags. I’ve already emailed him to challenge this and contacted the local Tea Party office.

  • Eric

    Granger in Texas only 67? That is not what we expect in Parker County. She will hear about this.

  • Eric

    Granger in Texas only 67? That is not what we expect in Parker County. She will hear about this.

  • Cranky Catholic

    I don’t get why cutting spending for Planned Parenthood doesn’t make the list. Is it because there was no specific dollar amount attached to the amendment? If the got 300 mil last year, then that’s how much they DON’T get this year.

  • Cranky Catholic

    I don’t get why cutting spending for Planned Parenthood doesn’t make the list. Is it because there was no specific dollar amount attached to the amendment? If the got 300 mil last year, then that’s how much they DON’T get this year.

  • http://www.rightcondition.com RkD

    Wish it were possible somehow to see the vote breakdown of each rep.

    For example, Paul Ryan, the big fighter of our budget is at 95% – curious as to what he missed.

  • http://www.rightcondition.com RkD

    Wish it were possible somehow to see the vote breakdown of each rep.

    For example, Paul Ryan, the big fighter of our budget is at 95% – curious as to what he missed.

  • http://www.rightcondition.com arkady

    Hi Russ,

    Fantastic job on the spreadsheet.

    Is there a way I can include this google gadget on my blog?

  • http://www.rightcondition.com arkady

    Hi Russ,

    Fantastic job on the spreadsheet.

    Is there a way I can include this google gadget on my blog?

  • The Call of Duty

    The Sanchez sisters are mixed up, I’m quite sure Linda voted for none of those cuts, she being the more liberal of the two…and sadly my representative..

  • The Call of Duty

    The Sanchez sisters are mixed up, I’m quite sure Linda voted for none of those cuts, she being the more liberal of the two…and sadly my representative..

  • Carolyn

    I have checked the GOP.gov web-site but cannot find who voted for which amendments. Does Heritage know where that information can be found. I am very surprised that Gingrey rated an 81% and would like to know what he voted against. Thanks!

    • Nathanael

      Carolyn, download the PDF (linked to the in the post) to see details about the amendments Rep. Gingrey missed.

  • Carolyn

    I have checked the GOP.gov web-site but cannot find who voted for which amendments. Does Heritage know where that information can be found. I am very surprised that Gingrey rated an 81% and would like to know what he voted against. Thanks!

    • Nathanael

      Carolyn, download the PDF (linked to the in the post) to see details about the amendments Rep. Gingrey missed.

  • 777

    A new goal to send you help !!!

    God bless you Amen.

  • 777

    A new goal to send you help !!!

    God bless you Amen.

  • Robert Godwin

    This is a start. Next go around, 2012 budget, should be at least a double down on the $61 so we are making real cuts. Love seeing all of these names on a roster such as this. The EPA should go in total. It has nothing to do with enviroment protection.

  • Robert Godwin

    This is a start. Next go around, 2012 budget, should be at least a double down on the $61 so we are making real cuts. Love seeing all of these names on a roster such as this. The EPA should go in total. It has nothing to do with enviroment protection.

  • Celia Finochio

    The department they should do away with is the National Education Dept. They don’t do anything but fill our children’s heads with Socialism.

    • Jim Fraser

      Yea, we don’t need no stinking education!

  • Celia Finochio

    The department they should do away with is the National Education Dept. They don’t do anything but fill our children’s heads with Socialism.

    • Jim Fraser

      Yea, we don’t need no stinking education!

  • ChuckL

    I should find it useful if you would include the party and State along with the vote’s name. i.e. Reed(D-NV)

  • ChuckL

    I should find it useful if you would include the party and State along with the vote’s name. i.e. Reed(D-NV)

  • Wally

    Wow Michaud was a suprise a whopping 5% thats 5% more than I expected from the liberal.Pingree was no surprise at 0% a wacked liberal.
    The good news is the Governor and state legislature have finally returned to the Republicans after 40 some years of oppression by total democrat rule and near total destruction of the state.I truly hope they do not turn out to be rino’s like our two US Senators.
    Very nice informative list ,keep up the great work.

  • Wally

    Wow Michaud was a suprise a whopping 5% thats 5% more than I expected from the liberal.Pingree was no surprise at 0% a wacked liberal.
    The good news is the Governor and state legislature have finally returned to the Republicans after 40 some years of oppression by total democrat rule and near total destruction of the state.I truly hope they do not turn out to be rino’s like our two US Senators.
    Very nice informative list ,keep up the great work.

  • Alle Wolfe

    Randy Forbes could have honored VA with a greater percentage of spending cuts. You talk a good game, but this scorecard will be part of your grade for the 2012 elections.

    Overall House, a job well done, but a job that could have and should have been done better.

    I lot of cleanup yet to go in 2012. Keep pressing, We the people!

    • Harold Price

      Not pleased at all with this record so far Randy. You’ve got to do better.

      • Harold Price

        Randy Forbes (R-=VA)

  • Alle Wolfe

    Randy Forbes could have honored VA with a greater percentage of spending cuts. You talk a good game, but this scorecard will be part of your grade for the 2012 elections.

    Overall House, a job well done, but a job that could have and should have been done better.

    I lot of cleanup yet to go in 2012. Keep pressing, We the people!

    • Harold Price

      Not pleased at all with this record so far Randy. You’ve got to do better.

      • Harold Price

        Randy Forbes (R-=VA)

  • Mark

    Can’t wait to vote in 2012 !

    • http://www.bing.com/ Luck

      BK1vtp Hey, that’s the greatest! So with ll this brain power AWHFY?

  • Mark

    Can’t wait to vote in 2012 !

    • http://www.bing.com/ Luck

      BK1vtp Hey, that’s the greatest! So with ll this brain power AWHFY?

  • Dan Sherrill

    Tom Price (Rep-GA) keep up the cutting! Never give up. Who knows, others may catch on!

  • Dan Sherrill

    Tom Price (Rep-GA) keep up the cutting! Never give up. Who knows, others may catch on!

  • Virginia

    Westmoreland (R-Ga.) Would be interested in knowing what 10% he was not interested in cutting and why.

  • Virginia

    Westmoreland (R-Ga.) Would be interested in knowing what 10% he was not interested in cutting and why.

  • Frank

    Allan West (R-FL) voted for only 76% of the cuts. I wonder which cut(s) he voted against. He disappointed me. I thought he was a conservative.

  • Frank

    Allan West (R-FL) voted for only 76% of the cuts. I wonder which cut(s) he voted against. He disappointed me. I thought he was a conservative.

  • Bob Wilson

    Enough of these half-hearted percentage reductions-we need to focus on specific Depts & agencies & take an axe to their programs & bureaucracies: Energy, Education, HUD,EPA, Agriculture, State. Examples of areas to eliminate: ESL, ethanol, Fannie Mae & Freddy Mac, all ag subsidies, wind & solar power subsidies, foreign aid to authoritarian govts [Eygpt], all Obama czars, excess congressional staff [if bills are too complex to be written/read by elected represented they are likely filled with unintended consequences & shouldn’t be presented.

  • Bob Wilson

    Enough of these half-hearted percentage reductions-we need to focus on specific Depts & agencies & take an axe to their programs & bureaucracies: Energy, Education, HUD,EPA, Agriculture, State. Examples of areas to eliminate: ESL, ethanol, Fannie Mae & Freddy Mac, all ag subsidies, wind & solar power subsidies, foreign aid to authoritarian govts [Eygpt], all Obama czars, excess congressional staff [if bills are too complex to be written/read by elected represented they are likely filled with unintended consequences & shouldn’t be presented.

  • Terrance Milligan

    Thank you for this report. What a great tool to use when deciding who to vote “in” and who to “throw out”.
    Votes tell the true story.

  • Terrance Milligan

    Thank you for this report. What a great tool to use when deciding who to vote “in” and who to “throw out”.
    Votes tell the true story.

  • Charles

    Congratulations >.To the two Ohio Congressma,
    Chbot and Jordon that voted 100% on bills concerning the budget
    cuts. Also, to Ohio Congressman, my man,Jim
    Renacci at 90%. Not bad Jim,but where were you
    for the other 10%? We are watching and would like to see you at 100% in the future. Ohio Congressman,
    who voted under 90% must improve or be removed
    in the next election,Latourette Turner, Stivers Tiberi and Austria. If these Congressmen can`t comit in getting our house in order, then they must be replaced with someone who can. We are watching.

  • Charles

    Congratulations >.To the two Ohio Congressma,
    Chbot and Jordon that voted 100% on bills concerning the budget
    cuts. Also, to Ohio Congressman, my man,Jim
    Renacci at 90%. Not bad Jim,but where were you
    for the other 10%? We are watching and would like to see you at 100% in the future. Ohio Congressman,
    who voted under 90% must improve or be removed
    in the next election,Latourette Turner, Stivers Tiberi and Austria. If these Congressmen can`t comit in getting our house in order, then they must be replaced with someone who can. We are watching.

  • Bill Thoreson

    Great start. Now fix entitlement spending.

  • Bill Thoreson

    Great start. Now fix entitlement spending.

  • Wayne Inman

    It’s hard to believe that the US is still giving foreign aid to china or any other foreign country for that matter. I mean why should the US borrow money to give it to a foreign country? Let those countries borrow their own damn money. And I believe that the US should get out of the united nations, close the EPA, close the dept. of education, close the dept. of transportation, stop funding acorn, NPR, planned parenthood and anything else that is not needed for the Federal government to fulfill their job as servants to the states.
    Thank You

  • Wayne Inman

    It’s hard to believe that the US is still giving foreign aid to china or any other foreign country for that matter. I mean why should the US borrow money to give it to a foreign country? Let those countries borrow their own damn money. And I believe that the US should get out of the united nations, close the EPA, close the dept. of education, close the dept. of transportation, stop funding acorn, NPR, planned parenthood and anything else that is not needed for the Federal government to fulfill their job as servants to the states.
    Thank You