Center issues Congressional Scorecard; Peace Through Strength Platform shows way forward on national security

2009-2010 National
Security Scorecard
(PDF)

The Center for Security Policy today released its ninth National Security Scorecard evaluating the performance of members of the 111th Congress on matters of great importance to the security interests of the United States.  158 Members of the House of Representatives and 32 Senators received a score of 100% qualifying them as “Champions of National Security,” the full list of which appears below.

In an effort to advance the debate on the nation’s most vital national security issues, the Center today also launches a pre-election campaign for midterm election candidates to embrace the “Peace Through Strength Platform,” a ten-point program of national security priorities for America. The Center premieres its new web ad on the Peace Through Strength Platform today on its YouTube channel, Youtube.com/Securefreedom.

The Peace Through Strength Platform complements the 74-page National Security Scorecard as a way forward for candidates and elected officials. While the Scorecard looks back at decisive issues facing the last Congress, the Peace Through Strength Platform serves as guiding principles for the next Congress. To this end, the Center contacted candidates from both parties, including incumbents and challengers, to alert them to the score of each Member of Congress.

Watch the Center’s web ad for the Peace Through Strength Platform below.

In assessing the record of the 111th Congress, the Center has selected 12 roll call votes in the Senate and 8 roll call votes in the House of Representatives to show legislators’ positions in key foreign, defense and intelligence matters of direct relevance to America’s safety, sovereignty and freedoms.   Roll call votes were selected on the basis of their utility in revealing substantive differences on significant security policy issues.

Upon releasing the ninth National Security Scorecard, Center President Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. observed:

“The Center for Security Policy believes that the success of the American experiment fundamentally depends upon the quality of our representative government.   The public must be apprised of their representatives’ legislative records.”

“Toward that end, the Center takes pride in producing these National Security Scorecards for each congressional session as a means of educating the American people about their elected officials’ performance with respect to national security. The Scorecard also provides greater accountability for the most consequential votes of Senators and Members of the House of Representatives.  In this particular Scorecard, the Center has also sought to identify which legislators switched their votes on the fate of terrorist detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.”

Mr. Gaffney added:

“Rarely has such performance and accountability been more important than today when we face dangerous and increasingly sophisticated enemies who threaten our safety and seek the destruction of our way of life.   The Center commends those in the Senate and House who have, in the face of these threats, distinguished themselves as “Champions of National Security,” and hopes that the numbers of such legislators will grow substantially in the 112th Congress and beyond.”

2009-2010 Champions of National Security

CHAMPIONS OF NATIONAL SECURITY:
U.S House of Representatives

Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Alabama)
Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Alabama)
Rep. Michael Rogers (R-Alabama)
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Alabama)
Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama)
Rep. Artur Davis (D-Alabama)*
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona)
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona)
Rep. John Shadegg (R-Arizona)*
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona)*
Rep. John Boozman (R-Arkansas)
Rep. Wally Herger (R-California)
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-California)
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-California)
Rep. George Radanovich (R-California)*
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California)
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California)*
Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-California)
Rep. Howard McKeon (R-California)
Rep. David Dreier (R-California)
Rep. Ed Royce (R-California)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-California)
Rep. Gary Miller (R-California)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-California)
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-California)
Rep. John Campbell (R-California)
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California)
Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-California)
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California)
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado)
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colorado)
Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Florida)
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Florida)
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Florida)*
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Florida)
Rep. John Mica (R-Florida)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Florida)
Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Florida)
Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Florida)*
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Florida)
Rep. Connie Mack (R-Florida)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida)
Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Florida)*
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida)
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Georgia)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Georgia)
Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia)
Rep. John Linder (R-Georgia)*
Rep. Paul Broun (R-Georgia)
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Georgia)
Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii)*
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Illinois)
Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois)
Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Illinois)
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Illinois)*
Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois)
Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Indiana)
Rep. Dan Burton (R-Indiana)
Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana)
Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa)
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas)
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas)
Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kansas)
Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Kentucky)
Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Kentucky)
Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Kentucky)
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana)*
Rep. Anh Cao (R-Louisiana)*
Rep. John Fleming (R-Louisiana)
Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-Louisiana)
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-Louisiana)
Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Michigan)
Rep. Dave Camp (R-Michigan)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Michigan)
Rep. Michael Rogers (R-Michigan)
Rep. Candice Miller (R-Michigan)
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Michigan)

Rep. John Kline (R-Minnesota)
Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minnesota)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota)*
Rep. Greg Harper (R-Mississippi)
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri)
Rep. Same Graves (R-Missouri)*
Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri)*
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Missouri)*
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri)
Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Montana)
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska)
Rep. Lee Terry (R-Nebraska)
Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Nebraska)
Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nevada)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-New Jersey)
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-New Jersey)
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-New Jersey)
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-New Jersey)
Rep. Peter King (R-New York)*
Rep. Bill Owens (D-New York)*
Rep. Christopher Lee (R-New York)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina)
Rep. Sue Myrick (R-North Carolina)
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-North Carolina)
Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio)*
Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio)
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
Rep. Robert Latta (R-Ohio)*
Rep. Steve Austria (R-Ohio)
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)
Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio)
Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio)
Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma)*
Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Oklahoma)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma)
Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Oklahoma)
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon)
Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Charles Dent (R-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Todd Platts (R-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Henry Brown (R-South Carolina)
Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tennessee)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas)
Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas)
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas)*
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas)
Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas)
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas)
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas)
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas)
Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas)
Rep. William Thornberry (R-Texas)
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas)*
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas)*
Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas)
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas)
Rep. John Carter (R-Texas)*
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas)
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
Rep. Robert Wittman (R-Virginia)
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Virginia)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia)
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia)*
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Virginia)
Rep. Shelly Capito (R-West Virginia)
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)*
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin)
Rep. Thomas Petri (R-Wisconsin)
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming)

 

CHAMPIONS OF NATIONAL SECURITY:
U.S Senate

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama)*
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama)
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona)
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona)
Sen. George LeMieux (R-Florida)*
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia)
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia)
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho)
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas)
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas)
Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Kentucky)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)
Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana)
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts)* 

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi)
Sen. Christopher Bond (R-Missouri)
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska)*
Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma)
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma)
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)
Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota)
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee)
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)*
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah)*
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming)
Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wyoming)

 

 

 

 

Note: Legislators with an asterisk next to their name, although not present for every scored vote, voted in a manner consistent with national security on every vote for which they were present. See page 38 of the scorecard for an explanation of the way in which absences were factored into the scores.

Disclaimer on the Peace Through Strength Platform: The Peace Through Strength Platform is a statement of principles, intended to educate the American public on explicit positions taken by candidates for elected office or current office-holders. Non-profit organizations, public figures and the general public are encouraged to sign on to the Platform regardless of political affiliation; indeed, a robust national security posture, regardless of party, is essential to America’s survival in the long run. Signatures by candidates for office or current office-holders to the Peace Through Strength Platform should not be construed as an endorsement by any of the other co-signers of those individuals or their political party.

 

 

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