Heritage Action Releases Legislative Scorecard

Conservative Scorecard Doesn’t Grade on a Curve

Washington – On Thursday, Heritage Action for America unveiled its legislative scorecard, a comprehensive and revealing barometer of a lawmaker’s willingness to fight for conservative policies in Congress.

“With each vote cast in Congress, freedom either advances or recedes,” Heritage Action’s CEO Michael A. Needham said.  “Heritage Action’s scorecard will empower Americans to hold their Members of Congress accountable to conservative principles.”

“I am so thrilled that Heritage Action for America is doing a legislative scorecard,” South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said.  “It is time now that we look at the spending habits of our legislators.  It’s time that we look at what they’re doing with debt.  It’s time that we look at how they’re spending taxpayer money.”

“We are tough graders and we don’t apologize for it,” Needham continued.  “After all, we are conservatives, not tenured university professors.”

Heritage Action’s legislative scorecard currently encompasses 30 votes and 5 co-sponsorship scores in the House and 19 votes and 4 co-sponsorship scores in the Senate.  The votes cover the full spectrum of conservatism, and include legislative action on issues both large and small.  13 Senators and 27 Representatives received scores above 85%.

“Americans are lucky to have a strong core of rock-solid conservative Congressmen and Senators, but if we are to save the American dream for our children and grandchildren, more lawmakers must be willing to fight for conservative policies with every single vote,” Needham concluded.

As Congress votes, Heritage Action will continue to update the scorecard in near real time, providing people with information, show them why it matters and enable easy sharing to spread the word.  Along with Heritage Action’s other tools, it will allow Americans to hold their Members of Congress accountable and ensure they are fighting for freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society.

See the scorecard: http://heritageactionscorecard.com

Please Share Your Thoughts

8 thoughts on “Heritage Action Releases Legislative Scorecard

  1. I agree it’s a good thing, and much appreciated. But where can we find a detailed description of how the scores are determined? We need to hold the scorekeepers accountable as well.

  2. “Searching the web site for a transparent methodology for the ratings. I see the scores but not the explanation ….. Why not? If we cannot see your rationale for assigning scores, how can we trust your conclusions?”

    I must make the point that we cannot hold our representatives to the fire unless we understand the specifics. For instance, why did Jim Renacci receive a 57% rating vs Steve Chabot’s 81%, or our former State Senator Bob Gibbs’ 62%? I’ve believed that Steve Austria & Pat Tiberi are “old bull,” big government Republicans & not particularly Conservative – why are they in the same ball park as Congressman Renacci?

    Lastly, without Heritage Action providing us the details, we citizens of the 16th District cannot ask our Congressman why he voted (or what?) one way versus another ….. I know other Think Tanks that rate Congress that at least let us know what their decision processes are – not so far from Heritage Action!

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  4. Why is it that you don’t have a picture for Congressman Randy Hultgren – IL? Joe Walsh and Hultgren are most likely going to be squaring off in a primary because of Democrat manipultion of the legislative boundaries and you have come out early pushing Walsh on your “Magnificent 11”. Now you can’t find a picture of a sitting Congressman? You’re purposely trying to marginalize a good man and its dispicable. Grow up and quit playing 3rd grade games.

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