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I Salute 10 Additional Freshmen House Members

There are 10 additional freshmen members in the US House of Representatives who should be saluted for being true to the US Constitution, and for not getting tainted by Washington, DC. I used two votes in 2011 as my guide. These 10 are freshmen members who, in my opinion, voted YES correctly both times. It is just as worthy receiving kudos for voting YES on votes to improve a law as it is for the kudos I gave out to 15 other freshmen members for voting NO against bad laws.

The first vote occurred on June 15, 2011. This was a vote on an amendment sponsored by Jason Chaffetz (UT-3) to amend the H.R. 2112: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill to reduce funding for the Economic Research Service by $43 million; reduce funding for the National Agriculture Statistical Service by $85 million; reduce funding for the Agriculture research service by $650 million; zero out the Food for Peace program and to apply the savings to the spending reduction account. The vote was held under normal House rules requiring a simple majority, and the totals were 83 Ayes, 338 Nays, 11 Present/Not Voting.

The second vote occurred on June 16, 2011. This was a vote on an amendment sponsored by Jeff Flake (AZ-6) to amend the H.R. 2112: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill to prohibit the use of funds to provide any benefit described in section 1001D(b)(1)(C) of the Food Security Act of 1985 to a person or legal entity if the average adjusted gross income of the person or legal entity exceeds $250,000. The vote was held under normal House rules requiring a simple majority, and the totals were 186 Ayes, 228 Nays, 18 Present/Not Voting.

I used votes that were part of a more comprehensive scorecard by Heritage. The first vote is described by Heritage as an amendment that cuts 1.8 billion of wasteful spending from Agriculture Appropriations. There were no Democrats voting YES for this amendment. The second vote is described by Heritage as an amendment that reduces farm subsidies by preventing those earning over $250,000 from receiving farm subsidy payments. 102 Dems voted Yes on this amendment. Allen West, Dan Benishek, Justin Amash, and Jeff Duncan all voted Yes correctly, which, with their other votes, makes them especially great constitutional conservatives worthy of support in 2012.  Listed below are the names and links to the homepage of each of these 10 House members. If you could email or call them to thank them for their service, then that would be awesome. If you are looking for House candidates that you want to support in 2012, then consider this list an excellent expansion of the earlier list. If you live in a district of another freshman House member, then you may want to let them know your displeasure.

pilgrim
I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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