Corker earns award from conservative group

Corker earns award from conservative group

April 16th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is among the recipients of the Award for Conservative Achievement from the American Conservative Union Foundation.

The news came in a release announcing the foundation's 47th Annual Federal Ratings of Congress.

The annual scorecard is based on the voting records of House and Senate members. Awards are presented to those who score 80 percent or higher. 

Corker scored 80 percent for the 2017 session and has an 80 percent lifetime score, the release states.

"We applaud Bob Corker for bringing his business acumen to the Senate which is an experience that is undervalued in politics," ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp said in the release. "It is refreshing to see a politician look forward to returning home and not measuring the effectiveness in the Senate in the number of years served."

Scoring this year was based on 25 House bills and 21 Senate bills covering fiscal and economic, social and cultural, and national security issues. 

Three local House members — 3rd District Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga, 4th District Rep. Scott DesJarlais of South Pittsburg and Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Graves — scored in the top 10 percent of the rankings, earning achievements of excellence. 

Tennessee's senior U.S. senator, Lamar Alexander, ranked at 72 percent.

This year some of the key issues ACU Foundation scored included:

  • Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court
  • Repeal of Obamacare
  • Passage of comprehensive tax reform
  • Defunding of Planned Parenthood
  • Repeal of Dodd-Frank
  • Key presidential nominations to cabinet positions