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It’s no secret that politicians often make promises on the campaign trail that never materialize once they arrive in Washington. Candidates often campaign on conservative principles but vote like liberals once they get to Washington.

This has been business as usual for far too long. That’s why Heritage Action for America was founded in 2010.

Heritage Action has developed the most effective and accurate congressional scorecard to help hold every lawmaker accountable to the conservative principles their constituents elected them to uphold.

By measuring votes, co-sponsorships, and other legislative activity, Heritage Action posts real-time updates to our scorecard and helps you see your congressman’s true colors and hold them accountable to their votes. Our scorecard has become a powerful tool on Capitol Hill: When we announce we’re scoring a vote, congressmen stop and take note, not wanting to hurt their Heritage Action grade. Just look at what some Congress members say about the power of our scorecard:

“[Heritage Action] is very knowledgeable about identifying pieces of legislation or bills that Republicans might support but conservatives would not,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)

“Heritage is really the only group that’s gotten down into the trenches,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.)

Now is your chance to vote on the hot-button issues decided by Congress and find out if your congressman really represents your core principles. Take a walk in the shoes of your representative and cast your votes on real legislation to see how your results compare to your representative.

Issue 1 of 10
Should Congress fully fund Obamacare and allow its full implementation?
The most severe and damaging impacts of Obamacare have yet to occur. These effects will only start to appear when the law is fully implemented and funded in 2014. After its subsidies and other mechanisms are enabled, this law will be more entrenched and its damaging effects will be much more difficult to repeal.
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Should Congress further subsidize flood insurance?
In 2012, Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Reform Act, which put in place important reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program, which is more than $24 billion in debt. While the Senate-passed flood insurance bill would delay certain necessary reforms, this proposal would go a step further and completely repeal many of those reforms.
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Should Congress stop President Obama from granting amnesty to illegal immigrants?
President Obama’s has enacted policies to effectively grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. This proposal would block these unilateral decisions by denying funding to the Department of Homeland Security to implement these policies.
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Should Congress create more jobs and lower oil prices by approving the Keystone XL Pipeline?
This bill would approve the construction, operation and maintenance of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, which would create jobs and help lower energy prices. The pipeline meets dozens of safety standards and has passed environmental reviews.
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Should Congress have to vote on all new major government regulations?
The thousands of regulations currently on the books were created by government agencies, not by Congress. But Congress has the power to modify or revoke these rules through legislation. The REINS Act, which would force Congress to vote on major regulations, is an important first step in increasing Congressional accountability and reducing the regulatory burden on hardworking Americans.
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Should Congress reduce unnecessary spending in the Department of Energy?
Rep. Tom McClintock’s (R-CA) amendment would reduce funding in three accounts at the Department of Energy, saving taxpayers more than $1.5 billion. The amendment would reduce the Office of Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency account by $731,600,000 and the Office of Nuclear Energy account by $362,329,000. It would also strikes funding for the Fossil Energy Research and Development account, which is set at $450,000,000.
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Should Congress lift the federal government’s spending limits?
A budget agreement crafted last year by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) would immediately increase federal spending by $63 billion over two years. The deal also increases government revenues through an assortment of tax increases (which are labeled fees) in exchange for vague promises of future spending reductions.
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Should small business owners be forced to pay an internet sales tax (and wade through thousands of different tax schemes at the local and state level)?
Sales taxes are currently collected for the vast majority of online sales. This proposal, mischaracterized as the Marketplace Fairness Act, would require businesses to collect sales taxes for nearly 10,000 separate state, local, and municipal jurisdictions. It would effectively grant state and local governments authority over businesses in other jurisdictions and allow governments to enact unfair preferences for their states’ businesses.
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Should government enact special protections for workers based on sexual orientation and gender identity?
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would create special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity. ENDA would trample business owners’ civil liberties and restrict them from forming associations and contracts according to their own beliefs. ENDA would also potentially discourage job creation because it would increase government interference in the labor market.
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Should Congress stop forcing Americans to fund abortions through their federal taxes?
The bill would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal taxpayer funding of abortion and health benefits plans that include coverage of abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in danger. It would also prevent federal tax dollars from being entangled in abortion coverage under Obamacare.
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