The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) on Monday released its 47th Annual Federal Ratings of Congress. Five members of the Alabama delegation were awarded the ACUF’s Award for Conservative Excellence based on their voting records.
Annually the ACUF — the sister organization of the American Conservative Union (ACU), the nation’s original conservative organization. For more than fifty years the ACU has 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 — produces a scorecard for members of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives based on their voting records. All members of Congress are issued a score while only members who received a score of 80 percent or higher receive an award.
Awards were presented to — 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Bryne (92.15%); 4th District U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (83.6%); 5th District U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (90.13%); 6th District U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (100%); as well as former U.S. Sen. Luther Strange (81.82%) for his brief stint in the U.S.
“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 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.
Widely regarded as the “gold standard” of conservative scoring, the ACU “Ratings of Congress” evaluated 21 key votes in the U.S. Senate and 25 key votes in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bills are selected cover a variety of issues and are designed to reflect how each individual views the role of government in another individual’s life. Some of the bill topics included are social and cultural, fiscal and economic, and national security.
This year marks the ACU’s 47th year of rating key votes in Congress.
Read each member’s individual score and breakdown below: