Feb 15 2011

Graham Named ‘ACU Conservative’

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) was recognized by the American Conservative Union (ACU) for his votes in the last session of the U.S. Senate.  Graham voted the conservative position 92 percent of the time in 2010, and the group termed him an ‘ACU Conservative.’ 

ACU, the largest and strongest grassroots conservative organization, serves as the umbrella organization for conservatives in America.  The ratings were released in conjunction with ACU’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington last weekend. 

Their ratings, “track a wide range of issues before Congress to determine which issues and votes serve as a dividing line to help separate those Members of the U.S. House and Senate who protect liberty as conservatives and those who are truly liberal.  The ratings have throughout the years become a go-to guide to determine whether an elected official’s philosophical rhetoric matches his or her record.” 

Among the conservative votes Graham cast that were part of the group’s 2010 scorecard:  

  • Leading the charge to repeal and replace Obamacare
  • Blocking efforts to involve EPA in greenhouse gas regulation
  • Defeating a bill that increased the debt limit and eliminated spending cuts
  • Reducing federal spending
  • Preventing any extension of the TARP program
  • Pushing for an amendment to require completion of a 700-mile southern border fence
  • Opposing the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board
  • Supporting tuition vouchers in the District of Columbia for low-income students
  • Supporting efforts to require documentation to be eligible for health care programs
  • Voting to require transparency within the Federal Reserve
  • Reducing taxpayer exposure to risky home mortgages
  • Opposing financial regulatory overhaul that didn’t protect consumers
  • Instituting rescissions and federal salary freeze
  • Voting to permanently repeal the Death Tax  
  • Supporting efforts to strengthen immigration laws
  • Opposing rules that strengthen labor unions
  • Upholding Supreme Court rulings on campaign finance disclosure
  • Opposing the overhaul of food safety laws
  • Blocking the passage of the DREAM Act  
  • Fighting the repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy
  • Voting against passage of the New START Nuclear Arms Treaty