Conservative think tank gives poor grade to some Republicans on willingness to cut

Some House Republicans are receiving bad grades from a conservative think tank for their votes last week on spending cuts.

Heritage Action for America, a sister organization to the Heritage Foundation released a report card Thursday on the willingness of House members to make spending cuts, based on 21 amendments to the continuing resolution (CR) that passed the House early Saturday. That CR would cut current government spending levels by $61 billion.

Heritage singled out 18 Republicans as particularly “reluctant to cut,” including a number of Appropriations Committee members. These members were largely arguing that cuts the committee had made in the bill were sufficient.

Heritage gave poor marks to Appropriations Committee members Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio), Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Bill Young (R-Fla.).

In addition, the think tank cited six freshman Congressmen: Reps. Charles Bass (R-N.H.), Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Robert Dold (R-Ill.), Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Pat Meehan (R-Pa.). 

Reps. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), Robert Wittman (R-Va.) and Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) were also called "reluctant to cut" by Heritage. 

Of the hundreds of amendments offered to the CR, the organization selected those votes that strictly cut spending, as opposed to those that shifted spending or took aim at specific Obama administration policies.

Heritage concluded that 47 members, all Republicans, “showed a rock-solid willingness to cut spending by voting for every spending cut,” while 133 Democrats voted against every cut.