Is your Congressman or Senator a ‘National Security Failure’?

The Center just released its ninth National Security Scorecard for the 111th Congress, 2009-2010, and identified several “Champions of National Security” – legislators who voted 100% with the Center’s positions on all votes for which they were present. But who are the worst offenders in Congress when it comes to national security?

Here’s a list of “national security failures” – legislators who scored a total of less than 25%, based on all scored votes for which they were present. The Center’s findings indicate 149 Members of the House of Representatives and 46 Senators are national security failures based on their voting record in the 111th Congress.



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 NATIONAL SECURITY FAILURES: U.S House of Representatives

Rep. Ed Pastor (D-Arizona) Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Michigan)
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona) Rep. Sander Levin (D-Michigan)
Rep. Marion Berry (D-Arkansas) Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Michigan)
Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Arkansas) Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan)
Rep. Mike Thompson (D-California) Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minnesota)
Rep. Doris Matsui (D-California) Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota)
Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-California) Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota)
Rep. George Miller (D-California) Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minnesota)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi)
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California) Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Missouri)
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California) Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri)
Rep. Fortney Stark (D-California) Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nevada)
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-California) Rep. Frank Pallone (D-New Jersey)
Rep. Michael Honda (D-California) Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-New Jersey)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-California) Rep. Steven Rothman (D-New Jersey)
Rep. Sam Farr (D-California) Rep. Donald Payne (D-New Jersey)
Rep. Lois Capps (D-California) Rep. Rush Holt (D-New Jersey)
Rep. Howard Berman (D-California) Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico)
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) Rep. Ben Lujan (D-New Mexico)
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-California) Rep. Steve Israel (D-New York)
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-California) Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-New York)
Rep. Judy Chu (D-California) Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-New York)
Rep. Diane Watson (D-California) Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-New York)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-California) Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-New York)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York)
Rep. Jane Harman (D-California) Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-New York)
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-California) Rep. Yvette Clark (D-New York)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-California) Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-New York)
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-California) Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York)
Rep. Joe Baca (D-California) Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York)
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-California) Rep. Jose Serrano (D-New York)
Rep. Bob Filner (D-California) Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-New York)
Rep. Susan Davis (D-California) Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-New York)
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colorado) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-North Carolina)
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) Rep. David Price (D-North Carolina)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colorado) Rep. Melvin Watt (D-North Carolina)
Rep. John Larson (D-Connecticut) Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio)
Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Connecticut) Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut) Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)
Rep. Jim Himes (D-Connecticut) Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio)
Rep. Christopher Murphy (D-Connecticut) Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio)
Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Florida) Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio)
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Florida) Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Florida) Rep. David Wu (D-Oregon)
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida) Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon)
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Florida) Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon)
Rep. Henry Johnson (D-Georgia) Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pennsylvania)
Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-Illinois) Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pennsylvania)
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island)
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Illinois) Rep. James Clyburn (D-South Carolina)
Rep. Danny Davis (D-Illinois) Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee)
Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-Illinois) Rep. Al Green (D-Texas)
Rep. Phil Hare (D-Illinois) Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas)
Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-Indiana) Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas)
Rep. Andre Carson (D-Indiana) Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)
Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas)
Rep. David Loebsack (D-Iowa) Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas)
Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Kentucky) Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont)
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Virginia)
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Maryland) Rep. James Moran (D-Virginia)
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Maryland) Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Washington)
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Washington)
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) Rep. Norman Dicks (D-Washington)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Washington)
Rep. John Olver (D-Massachusetts) Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-West Virginia)
Rep. Richard Neal (D-Massachusetts) Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin)
Rep. James McGovern (D-Massachusetts) Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin)
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) Rep. David Obey (D-Wisconsin)
Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Massachusetts) Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wisconsin)
Rep. John Tierney (D-Massachusetts)  
Rep. Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts)  
Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Massachusetts)  
Rep. William Delahunt (D-Massachusetts)  
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Michigan)  



Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey)
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico)
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico)
Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado) Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York)
Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Connecticut) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York)
Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Delaware) Sen. Kay Hagan (D-North Carolina)
Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Delaware) Sen. Kent Conrad (D-North Dakota)
Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon)
Sen. Roland Burris (D-Illinois) Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon)
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pennsylvania)
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) Sen. Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island)
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island)
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota)
Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland) Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)
Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vermont)
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Michigan) Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington)
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington)
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) Sen. John Rockefeller (D-West Virginia)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) Sen. Herbert Kohl (D-Wisconsin
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada)  
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire)  

About Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner is the Vice President for Government Relations at the Center for Security Policy, where he manages the Center's educational efforts and interactions with the federal government. His articles have appeared in The American Spectator, The Washington Times, Townhall, The Washington Examiner, and inFocus Quarterly. He holds a law degree from Georgetown University, and received his bachelor's degree in political science, with highest distinction, from the University of Michigan.

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