Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Voter Score Card

The Family Research Council (FRC) is an organization that promotes faith, family and freedom in public policy and public opinion. FRC Action, the legislative action arm of FRC, has published their voter score card for this year. They track the voting record of senators and congress members with respect to legislation on issues dealing with family values. Some examples of legislation that affect family values are:
  • Confirmation of David Ogden as Deputy Attorney General
David Ogden was nominated on January 26, 2009 by President Barack Obama to the position of Deputy Attorney General. Mr. Ogden has profited from representing pornographers and attacking legislation designed to ban child pornography, including the Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000 and the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1988.
  • Maintaining the Kemp-Kasten Coercive Abortion Prohibition
The Kemp-Kasten provision prevents federal funding for the United Nations Population Fund from being used to support coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization programs.
  • D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program
This amendment (S.AMDT. 615) to the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (H.R. 1105) would address the elimination of funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.
In total there were 41 pieces of legislation considered (23 in the senate, 16 in the house) so I won't list them all here. They are available on the web site. FRC Action tracked how often the voting record of each representative was in favor of traditional family values (protecting women and children, permitting individual freedom).

I used the information provided on their site to make the following chart, showing the performance of representatives from my home state of NJ. I hope the chart is self-explanatory. For more information on the individual pieces of legislation and the actual voting records, for NJ or other states, please refer to the FRC Action web site.


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