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The New American magazine rates members of the U.S. Congress

By: Constitution Staff

Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford both tallied 90% on the "Freedom Index," published by New American magazine in their July 20 issue, to lead the Oklahoma congressional delegation as the most conservative. They were followed by members of the House of Representatives, who were led by First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine, who scored 80%. After Bridenstine, Fifth District Congressman Steve Russell had a score of 60%. Second District Congressman Markwayne Mullin, Third District Congressman Frank Lucas, and Fourth District Congressman Tom Cole all scored 50%.

The New American magazine rates members of the U.S. Congress "based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements."

Issues used on the Index that all House members voted correctly on included the banning of federal funding for abortions, and the repeal of ObamaCare. But, only Bridenstine voted in opposition to Amtrak reauthorization. Sadly, all five of our House members voted to repeal the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). According to New American, "This vote came after the World Trade Organization's recent ruling against an appeal from the United States to keep its COOL." COOL required that beef, chicken, and pork sold in the United States be labeled if it came from Canada, Mexico, or another nation. The repeal that our five House members voted for ceded national sovereignty over food-related choices and regulations to the WTO.

On the hot issue of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Bridenstine and Russell voted no, while Mullin, Lucas, and Cole voted to give this power to President Obama. In the Senate, Inhofe and Lankford both voted "wrong" on TPA, as well, giving the president the power to negotiate a trade deal, with Congress having only the ability to vote up or down on what he does. The New American contends that by this action, "Congress unconstitutionally delegates authority to regulate commerce with foreign nations to the Executive Branch." This continues a long trend of Congress ceding ever more power to the president.

Inhofe and Lankford were considered to have voted the correct way on the other nine issues which included bills dealing with the support of fracking, against the executive action on immigration, against federally-funded free community college, against Common Core, a repeal of the individual mandate of ObamaCare, and in opposition to the Import-Export Bank.

Senator Inhofe took the lead against a UN Arms Treaty, introducing an amendment which essentially was an effort to prevent implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty. Inhofe told the Senate, "President Obama has signed the treaty but has not submitted it for ratification; for one reason, he knows the votes are not there." The UN Arms Treaty is an attempt by a global government, the United Nations, to regulate weapons, and is at odds with American national sovereignty and the freedom to bear arms.

For more details on the Freedom Index, go to: TheNewAmerican.com, and click on "Voting Index."

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