‘True Blue’ Awards Given to the 110th Congress Who Voted Consistently in Defense of Life, Family, Faith and Freedom
by Christian Examiner Staff Report
During the first session of the 110th Congress, 125 U.S. Representatives and 29 Senators represented the best that both parties have to offer in Congress by consistently voting in a pro-family manner.
The awards, announced Jan. 29, represent the 2007 vote scorecard for the first session of the 110th Congress. According to FRC, those earning the True Blue award have "voted consistently for pro-family issues and have stood courageously in Congress in defense of life, family, faith and freedom."
Only two of Southern California’s 29-member congressional delegations have been named "True Blue" representatives by two prominent national pro-family lobby groups.
Ed Royce, a Republican whose horseshoe-shaped 40th district incorporates Orange, Fullerton, Placentia, Buena Park and Cypress, earned the award by tallying a 100 percent voting record that matched positions of the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family Action. His colleague Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, also earned a 100 percent score from the groups. Gallegly’s district also includes Simi Valley and extends north to Lompoc and Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The remaining four congressmen, from northern and central California, who earned the True Blue label, were Wally Herger, R-Chico, Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, John Doolittle, R-Granite Bay, and Kevin McCarthy, R-Atascadero.
The 16 votes used to review congressional votes included such issues as cloning, destructive embryonic stem cell experimentation, protecting marriage, confirming strict constructionist judges and defeating special protections for homosexuals.
Washington state had one member of its 9-member delegation honored with a True Blue award.
Doc Hastings, a Republican whose 4th district serves central Washington earned the award by a 100 percent voting record that matched the pro-family, pro-life positions.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Republican in the 5 th district, which incorporates Colville in the north, Spokane in the central portion of the district, and Walla Walla to the south, earned an 87 percent rating. Norman Dicks, a Democrat in the 6th district was third with a 56 percent rating. The rest of the members earned between 6-0 percent rating in voting with the pro-family lobby groups.
On the Senate side, Washington’s representatives, Maria Cantwell (D) and Patty Murray (D), both earned a 0.
"I applaud these members for defending pro-family and pro-life policies that have been under attack this past year," FRC Action President Tony Perkins said in a news release. "Values voters should be encouraged by these members who have shown a commitment to protecting and strengthening the family."
In announcing the winners, FRC and Focus on the Family lamented the loss of conservative control over the House, saying the liberal majority has eroded protections for pro-life policies and the protection of traditional marriage.
"Instead of protecting parental involvement for minors receiving interstate abortions, Congress chose to increase funding for organizations such as Planned Parenthood," the award statement—crafted by Thomas McClusky, vice president of government affairs for FRC and Tom Minnery senior vice president of government and public policy for Focus on the Family Action—said. "Instead of funding ethical and effective stem cell research, Congress chose to pass unethical embryonic stem cell research despite the president’s threatened veto. Instead of preserving traditional marriage, Congress chose to pass hate crimes legislation to grant special consideration on the basis of ‘sexual orientation.’"
For the most part, Republicans from Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties fared well, with many scoring at least 80 percent. They were John Campbell, Newport Beach, 93 percent; Howard McKeon, Santa Clarita, 87 percent; Gary Miller, 87 percent; Ken Calvert, Riverside, 87 percent and Dana Rohrabacher, Huntington Beach, 81 percent. Mary Bono, Palm Springs, earned the lowest Republican score at 31 percent.
However, in traditionally conservative San Diego, the Republicans scored lowest among their statewide counterparts. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, scored 75 percent, Darrell Issa, R-Vista, earned a 68 percent, while Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, posted a 56 percent because he missed seven of 16 votes during his campaign for president.
All of Southern California’s Democrat contingent earned 0 percent from the group, except Brad Sherman, Sherman Oaks; Howard Berman, Van Nuys; Lucille Roybal-Allard, Los Angeles; Grace Napolitano, Santa Fe Springs and Joe Baca, San Bernardino, who all were rated at 6 percent.
On the Senate side, California’s representatives, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, earned a 0 and 14 percent respectively. The Senate votes included action to provide funding for international abortion groups, promote destructive embryonic stem cell research and undermine the culture by passing a hate crimes bill. Congress has also ignored the rights of parents to be informed when their children seek abortion.
Specifically, the reviewed votes, followed by the groups’ position, were…
1. Prohibition on Funding Human Cloning (Failed 1/11/2007, 189 yeas to 238 nays, Roll Call No. 19). Supported.
2. Embryonic Stem Cell Research Act (Passed 1/11/2007, 253 yeas to 174 nays, Roll Call No. 20). Opposed.
3. Prevent Faith-Based Discrimination in Head Start Program (Failed 5/2/2007, 195 yeas to 222 nays, Roll Call No. 284). Supported.
4. Federal Hate Crimes Act (Passed 5/3/2007, 237 yeas to 180 nays, Roll Call No. 299). Opposed.
5. Human Cloning Protection Act (Failed 6/6/2007, 204 yeas to 213 nays, Roll Call No. 439). Opposed.
6. Embryonic Stem Cell Research Act (Passed 6/7/2007, 247 yeas to 176 nays, Roll Call No. 443). Opposed.
7. Maintain Abstinence and Faithfulness Programs to Prevent Spread of HIV/AIDs (Failed 6/21/2007, 200 yeas to 226 nays, Roll Call No. 532). Supported.
8. Undermine Mexico City Policy by Funding International Abortion Groups (Passed 6/21/2007, 223 yeas to 201 nays, Roll Call No. 533). Opposed.
9. Maintain Mexico City Policy on International Abortion Funding (Failed 6/21/2007, 205 yeas to 218 nays, Roll Call No. 534). Supported.
10. Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill (Passed 6/22/2007, 241 yeas to 178 nays, Roll Call No. 542). Opposed.
11. Prohibit Funding for Washington DC Needle Exchange Program (Failed 6/28/2007, 208 yeas to 216 nays, Roll Call No. 589). Supported.
12. Prohibits Federal Implementation of Fairness Doctrine (Passed 6/28/2007, 309 yeas to 115 nays, Roll Call No. 599). Supported.
13. Prevent DC Gay Marriage (Passed 6/28/2007, 224 yeas to 200 nays, Roll Call No. 603). Supported.
14. Restrict Funding to Planned Parenthood (Failed 7/19/2007, 189 yeas to 231 nays, Roll Call No. 684). Supported.
15. Children’s Health Bill for Low-Income Families (Passed 8/1/2007, 225 yeas to 204 nays, Roll Call No. 787). Opposed.
16. Employment Non-Discrimination Act (Passed 11/7/2007, 235 yeas to 184 nays, Roll Call No. 1057). Opposed.