“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” – Samuel Adams

How Rep. Herseth Sandlin Scored on the Issues

With the 2010 election nearly upon us, it is critically important that we know exactly where the candidates stand on the issues.

Unfortunately, we as voters have to cut through the obfuscation of those whose job it is to bring us clear and untainted information: the “mainstream” media.  The “mainstream” Leftist media usually favors strongly the most liberal candidate in any race; they will whitewash the liberal candidate to make them look good, and will smear the conservative candidate to make them look as bad as possible.

The candidates themselves, of course, often do us no favors in figuring things out. They emphasize votes they consider popular and de-emphasize those they consider unpopular.

We the people do have an incredibly useful tool at our disposal for incumbents, however: their voting record.  Lipstick, spin and whitewash aside, this shows us not just what they say they would do, but what they have actually done.

The American Family Association (AFA) has put together a scorecard for both the U.S. House and Senate on legislation that is important to pro-family voters.  This is how they scored the votes of Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin on 18 votes: a low score of 16%, with only three issues matching the position of AFA.

1. Restricting Free Speech in Elections
Sponsored by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), the Disclose Act (H.R. 5157) would limit freedom of speech of Americans with regard to political campaigns. The bill would expand reporting requirements regarding disclosure of advertisements by forcing an organization to identify itself up to three times in each disclaimer and also to list the organization’s five largest donors, even if those donors did not fund that particular advertisement. The House passed H.R. 5175 by a recorded vote of 219 ayes to 206 noes, Roll No. 391. AFA Action opposed this Bill.

2. The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5115) to further expand federal education bureaucracy, control student knowledge, skills, academic content standards, and curricula in elementary and secondary schools.
The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5115) to further expand federal education bureaucracy, control student knowledge, skills, academic content standards, and curricula in elementary and secondary schools. The House passed H.R. 5116 by a recorded vote of 262 ayes to 150 noes, Roll No. 332. Consideration of the measure began on May 12th and continued on May 13th. AFA Action Opposed this Bill.

3. Defense Authorization Bill with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Removal
Sponsored by Rep. Ike Skelton, the National Defense Authorization Act, 2011 (H.R. 5136) contained Rep. Murphy’s amendment that calls for abolishment of the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. The House passed H.R. 5136 by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 186 noes, Roll No. 336. Consideration of the measure began on May 27th. AFA Action Opposed this Bill.

4. Revoking Current Policy on Openly Homosexual Individuals in the U.S. Military
Offered by Patrick J. Murphy (D-PA), this amendment (H.AMDT.79) to the National Defense Authorization Act, 2011 (H.R. 5136) calls for abolishment of the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. Passed by a recorded vote of 234 ayes to 194 noes, Roll No. 317). AFA Action Opposed this Amendment.

5. To agree to the Burton “fake official English” Amendment to the Puerto Rico Democracy Act (H.R. 2499)
Burton (IN) amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 111-468) that retains the requirement that all ballots used for authorized plebiscites include the full content of the ballot printed in English. It also requires the Puerto Rico State Elections Commission to inform voters in all authorized plebiscites that if Puerto Rico retains its current status or is admitted as a State: (1) any official language requirements of the Federal Government shall apply to Puerto Rico to the same extent as throughout the United States; and (2) it is the Sense of Congress that the teaching of English be promoted in Puerto Rico in order for English-language proficiency to be achieved (by a recorded vote of 301 ayes to 100 noes, Roll No. 237). AFA Action Opposed this Amendment.

6. Rule on Senate ObamaCare Bill
Sponsored by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), this rule (H.Res. 1203) governed House debate on the Senate health care bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), and the Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872). The health care bill contained provisions allowing federal funding for elective abortion in several new health care programs and provided federal tax credits for health plans that cover elective abortions. In addition, the health bill contained limited conscience protections for health care entities, and also contained provisions that could be used to ration health care services. H. Res. 1203, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 3590) and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4872), was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 206 nays, Roll No. 163, after the previous question was ordered by a recorded vote of 228 ayes to 202 noes, Roll No. 162. AFA Action Opposed this Rule.

7. Final Vote on ObamaCare and Abortion Funding
The House voted on the Senate health care bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), that contained provisions creating several new health care programs that by-pass the Hyde amendment restrictions on directly funding elective abortion and provided federal tax credits for health plans that cover elective abortion. The abortion funding restrictions (Stupak-Pitts amendment) and conscience protections (Stupak amendment) originally passed in the House were replaced with provisions to fund health plans that cover abortion, require individuals to pay an abortion surcharge, and allow direct funding for abortion in multiple new health care plans. The bill also contained a provision undermining conscience protections, and eventually became law (P.L. 111-148) on March 30, 2010. The House concurred in the Senate amendments to H.R. 3590, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the first-time homebuyers credit in the case of members of the Armed Forces and certain other Federal employees, and for other purposes, by a recorded vote of 219 ayes to 212 noes, Roll No. 165. AFA Action Opposed this Bill.

8. GOP Motion to Remove Abortion Funding from ObamaCare
Offered by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), the Republican “motion to recommit with instructions” would have amended the Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872) to replace the abortion funding provisions just passed in the health care bill (H.R. 3590) with the Stupak amendment. This change would have prevented federal funding for abortion or federal tax credits for subsidizing health plans that cover abortion. Rejected the Camp motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Budget with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with amendments, by a recorded vote of 199 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 166. AFA Action Supported this Motion.

9. To create a Hawaiian race-based government by establishing a Native Hawaiian “tribe.”
The House passed H.R. 2314, to create a Hawaiian race-based government by establishing a Native Hawaiian “tribe,” by a yea-and-nay vote of 245 yeas to 164 nays, Roll No. 59. AFA Action opposed this Bill.

10. Conference Report on Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010
Offered by Rep. John W. Oliver (D-MA), the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (H.R. 3288) would include funding for abortion in the District of Columbia, and funding more broadly for needle exchange programs, domestic partner benefits, and medical marijuana programs. The bill also replaced abstinence education with funding for new “comprehensive” sex-ed programs. The House agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 3288 by a yea-and-nay vote of 221 yeas to 202 nays with 1 voting “present”, Roll No. 949. AFA Action Opposed this Bill.

11. Prohibiting Federal Funding for Abortion in ObamaCare
Sponsored by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), this amendment (H.AMDT.509) to the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) would prohibit federal funding for elective abortions and funding for health care plans that include abortion coverage. Amendment passes by a yea-and-nay vote of 240 yeas to 194 nays with 1 voting “present”, Roll No. 884. AFA Action Supported this Amendment.

12. Federal Hate Crimes Provision
Sponsored by Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO), the conference report on the National Defense Authorization Act, 2010 (H.R. 2647) contained a provision to establish federal “hate crimes” for certain violent acts based on actual or perceived race, religion, disability, gender identity The House agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 2647 by a recorded vote of 281 ayes to 146 noes, Roll No. 770. AFA Action Opposed this Bill.

13. Motion to Instruct on Hate Crimes
Sponsored by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), the “motion to instruct” offered to the National Defense Authorization Act, 2010 (H.R. 2647) would instruct House conferees to negotiate against the hate crimes provision in the conference report that would establish federal “hate crimes” for certain violent acts based on the actual or perceived race, religion, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation of any person. Rejected the Forbes motion to instruct conferees by a yea-and-nay vote of 178 yeas to 234 nays, Roll No. 754. AFA Action Favored this Motion.

14. Restrict Funding to Planned Parenthood
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), this amendment (H.AMDT.389) to the Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education Appropriations Act, 2010 (H.R. 3293) would have restricted federal funding for abortion by withholding from Planned Parenthood any of the $317 million for Title X family planning services. Pence amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 111-222) that sought to provide that none of the funds in the bill be available to Planned Parenthood for any purpose under title X of the Public Health Services Act (Population Research and Voluntary Family Planning Programs) (by a recorded vote of 183 ayes to 247 noes, Roll No. 643). AFA Action Supported this Amendment.

15. Rule Disallowing a Vote on D.C. Abortion Funding Ban
Sponsored by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), this rule (H.Res.644) governing House debate on the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations, 2010 (H.R. 3170) would not allow a vote on an amendment to restore the ban on taxpayer funding for abortion in the District of Columbia. H. Res. 644, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 216 yeas to 213 nays, Roll No. 553, after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 200 nays, Roll No. 552.

16. Lifting D.C. Abortion Funding Ban
Offered by Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY), the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations, 2010 (H.R. 3170) would allow taxpayer funding for elective abortion in the District of Columbia. The House passed H.R. 3170 by a yea-and-nay vote of 219 yeas to 208 nays with 1 voting “present”, Roll No. 571.

17. State Department Reauthorization
Sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY 2010 and 2011 (H.R. 2410) would establish an Office of Global Women’s Issues that could lobby for and promote abortion in foreign countries despite current legal restrictions on international abortion advocacy. The bill also included a provision that would require the U.S. Foreign Service to advocate for the acceptance of same-sex marriage n foreign countries and international law. The House passed H.R. 2410by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 328.

18. Expanding Hate Crimes Definitions
Offered by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 1913) would establish federal “hate crimes” for certain violent acts based on actual or perceived race, religion, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation of any person. The House passed H.R. 1913 by a recorded vote of 249 ayes to 175 noes, Roll No. 223


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2 Responses to “How Rep. Herseth Sandlin Scored on the Issues”

  1. Don’t you find the AFA are religious extremists? They are against Jewish, Muslims, or basically anyone not a Christian. They say other religions don’t deserve first amendment rights.

  2. I’ve never found any of that. I’ve found that AFA takes Christianity seriously, as well as the need to protect the family from societal erosion. I’ve also found that they are no more “against” Jews or Muslims than Jews or Muslims are against Christianity–far less, in fact, than Muslims are often against the infidels.