CONTACT: Luke Schneider, Public Affairs Coordinator
Alexandria, VA – The American Conservative Union Foundation has just released its 47th Edition of its Annual Ratings of Congress. The guide ranks members of Congress based upon their commitment to conservative principles as demonstrated by their voting records in the first session of the 115th Congress. This session marks the first time in over a decade that Republicans control all both chambers of the legislature and the presidency.
“In the 2017 session, we saw Republicans come together to pass the most important corporate tax reform in decades, confirm a true conservative in Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and repeal the Obamacare individual mandate,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “But conservatives must not rest on their laurels. This is not the time for four corners defense. Congress must pass a rescissions bill to eliminate wasteful spending in the omnibus and finally confirm highly qualified presidential nominees to critical positions.”
This year four members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation received awards from ACUF for earning scores of 80% or higher:
- Rep. Sensenbrenner – 100%
- Rep. Grothman —96%
- Rep. Gallagher—85%
- Sen. Johnson – 80%
Rep. Duffy (R) earned 77%, while Speaker Ryan did not receive a score due to his non-voting role as Speaker. Democrat members received the following scores: Rep. Moore (8%), Rep. Kind (7%), Rep.Pocan (4%), and Sen. Baldwin (0%).
This session’s scorecard is made up of 25 bills in the US House of Representatives and 21 bills in the US Senate. The bills selected cover a wide range of issues including fiscal and economic, social and cultural, and national security, and are designed to reflect how an individual views the role of government in an individual’s life.
This year some of the key issues ACU Foundation scored include:
- confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court
- repeal of Obamacare
- passage of comprehensive tax reform
- defunding of Planned Parenthood
- repeal of Dodd-Frank
- and key presidential nominations to cabinet positions.
ACUF is the sister organization of the American Conservative Union, the nation’s original conservative organization, and has for more than fifty years educated and activated the conservative movement through its ratings programs, policy centers and educational events such as the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the largest annual gathering of conservatives in the nation.
For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF ratings, email Luke Schneider, Public Affairs Coordinator for the American Conservative Union Foundation, at [email protected].