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Washington, DC- FreedomWorks presented its first annual “FreedomFighter Award” to members of the House and Senate who consistently vote in defense of economic freedom. Each recipient earned a minimum score of 90 percent on the FreedomWorks Congressional Scorecard during the 2011 legislative session, which often required lawmakers to cast politically unpopular votes inside the beltway in order to protect liberty and strengthen the economy across the country.
FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe commented, “Our job as engaged citizens is to hold politicians accountable for bad votes, but also to thank them for making the right votes. FreedomWorks congratulates every recipient of the ‘FreedomFighter Award,’ and encourages them to keep up the good fight.”
The FreedomWorks Congressional Scorecard is a revolutionary new piece of technology that allows activists to track the votes of Members of Congress on key issues of economic freedom. Users can search by zip code, name, state, political party, or score ranking (highest-to-lowest or vice versa).
“Both Democrats and Republicans are responsible for the staggering debt and unemployment rates in the US, and it’s time we start holding every member accountable,” Kibbe continued. “FreedomWorks created our Congressional Scorecard to help activists across the country track, in real time, the legislation being voted on in Congress and to see which members protect the liberties and economic interests of the American people- and which ones do not.”
The highest scorers (with scores of100 percent) among this year’s “FreedomFighter Award” winners include: Senators Jim DeMint (SC) and Mike Lee (UT); and Congressmen Justin Amash (MI-3), Tom Graves (GA-9), Jeff Landry (LA-3).
Other winners are: Senators Ron Johnson (WI), Rand Paul (KY), Marco Rubio (FL), Pat Toomey (PA), David Vitter (LA), Tom Coburn (OK); and U.S. Congressmen Kevin Brady (TX-8), Paul Broun (GA-10), Michael Burgess (TX-26), Dan Burton (IN-5), John Campbell (CA-48), Steve Chabot (OH-1), Jason Chaffetz (UT-3), Mike Coffman (CO-6), Jeff Duncan (SC-3), Jeff Flake (AZ-6), Chuck Fleischmann (TN-3), John Fleming (LA-4), Trent Franks (AZ-2), Scott Garrett (NJ-5), Phil Gingrey (GA-11), Louie Gohmert (TX-1), Trey Gowdy (SC-4), Andy Harris (MD-1), Jeb Hensarling (TX-5), Wally Herger (CA-2), Tim Huelskamp (KS-1), Bill Huizenga (MI-2), Jim Jordan (OH-4), Raul Labrador (ID-1), Doug Lamborn (CO-5), Connie Mack (FL-14), Tom McClintock (CA-4), Jeff Miller (FL-1), Mick Mulvaney (SC-5), Randy Neugebauer (TX-19), Steve Pearce (NM-2), Mike Pompeo (KS-4), Bill Posey (FL-15), Ted Poe (TX-2), Tom Price (GA-6), Ben Quayle (AZ-3), Todd Rokita (IN-4), Ed Royce (CA-40), Steve Scalise (LA-1), David Schweikert (AZ-5), Tim Scott (SC-1), Austin Scott (GA-8), Steve Southerland (FL-2), Cliff Stearns (FL-6), Marlin Stutzman (IN-3), Joe Walsh (IL-8), Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3), Joe Wilson (SC-2), Kevin Yoder (KS-3).
FreedomWorks is a grassroots service center to a community of over 2 million activists nationwide dedicated to advancing the ideas of lower taxes, less government and more freedom. For more information about the FreedomWorks Congressional Scorecard, please visit http://congress.freedomworks.org/.