How do Virginia Congressmen score on spending cuts?Policy

The Heritage Foundation has released its analysis of the vote on H.R. 1 – the Continuing Resolution passed on February 18th.

Under the most open process in recent memory – if not ever – members debated and voted on amendment after amendment. Heritage explains its process of analyzing the votes:

Heritage Action compiled all of the votes on the amendments that proposed to cut non-security spending. We excluded amendments that proposed to shift spending from one program to another or sought to block various Obama policies—whether it be the many amendments to defund Obamacare or turn off the EPA’s rule making authority. For this exercise, we chose to look solely at the unambiguous spending cuts and to see how Congress did.

21 votes were scored in this analysis. Those who voted for each unambiguous spending cut received a 100%. Those who voted for none, 0%.

Here’s how our Virginia representatives stacked up:
5th District – Hurt – 100%
6th District – Goodlatte – 95%
9th District – Griffith – 95%
7th District – Cantor – 90%
4th District – Forbes – 67%
2nd District – Rigell – 67%
1st District – Wittman 36%
10th District – Wolf – 33%
11th District – Connolly – 10%
8th District – Moran – 0%
3rd District – Scott – 0%

Robert Hurt was one of just 47 Representatives (all Republicans) to score 100%.

Frank Wolf and Robert Wittman were two of the was among eighteen Republicans least willing to trim spending.

Jim Moran and Bobby Scott were among 95 Members (all Democrats) who were completely unwilling to cut spending.

Next week will likely see more controversial votes on spending cuts. Let’s see if any Virginia members become more willing to save taxpayer dollars.

Update: Rep. Rob Wittman missed 10 votes to be with his late father who passed away last week. First, our condolences to Mr. Wittman and his family. Second, Heritage Action has posted to “correct the record”. We’re also confident Rep. Wittman would have voted all 10 times to cut spending.

  • Tucker Watkins

    Robert Hurt is in the 5th District and we are proud of him :)

    I understand Wittman had to miss a number of votes for personal reasons and his missed votes counted against him. You might want to look at that.

    Scott and Moran have always been terrible and it’s a shame they are in Congress. Scott was a somewhat moderate State Senator but since he has been in a safe district in Congress he has been one of the most liberal there.

  • http://bearingdrift.com JR Hoeft

    Unbelievable that Scott and Moran couldn’t find one place in government to cut spending and that Gerry Connolly is only at 10%.

    That’s pathetic.

  • Mike Barrett

    Perhaps if the question were who voted most consistently to kill the recovery, the order of the list can stay the same but the real import of the action can be seen. Again, no one I know disagrees that we must deal with both the deficit and the debt, but as a businessman, I want this dealt with in a rational way. Frankly, fiscal austerity does not stimulate economic activity; in fact, it does quite the opposite. Economic news has been much better. Do these right wingers really want the economy back in recession?

  • http://www.novacommonsense.com Brian W. Schoeneman

    I honestly don’t see the point of scoring votes on a bill that will never see the light of day. I would rather see how all of these guys fare on a final version that actually results in spending cuts, rather than votes that everyone recognized were simply political.

  • http://DisruptTheNarrative.wordpress.com P. Henry Saddleburr

    Yes, Mr. Barrett. Why scrap a winning formula like Mr. Obama’s? It has been so successful that we should double down, don’t you think?

    Recovery? Really? Only an Obama stooge would assert this.

    Let me ask you. How much is Barack paying you to troll this site?

  • Mike Barrett

    I guess to you P. Henry the glass is half full. Certainly, the economic news is better. Private sector jobs are being created, unemployment is down, businesses are investing and spending again on capacity. But the recovery has been slow. The bubble years caused almost all of us to take on too much debt, and while we have repaired our own finances, it has been a long hard slog. One thing I know; the recovery is still fragile, and this is not the time for irrational fiscal austerity. That simply will not stimulate business confidence nor economic activity.