Florida Sen. Rick Scott was rated among the most “pro-liberty” Republican senators, a new study reveals.
The Republican Liberty Caucus, or RLC, this week released its survey of voting records of GOP senators. It based its scores on 20 “pivotal bills/votes from 2022 that either advance liberty or diminish liberty,” the RLC said in a press release.
Overall, the average score was 63.
Scott scored an 85.
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He was one of 11 senators to score that high or better.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky notched a perfect 100. Close behind him were Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Mike Braun of Indiana, each with 95, respectively.
Also in the 85-or-better club were Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tallied a 75.
Conservatives can likely guess who was at the other end.
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The list of those who graded 35 or less included Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Some surprises on that list were Sens. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Shelly Capito of West Virginia.
Some of the 20 votes that the grades were based on included:
- A few measures tied to COVID-19, including a resolution to terminate the national emergency declared by former President Donald Trump in March 2020, Sen. Johnson’s amendment to reinstate all military personnel who were discharged for refusing the vaccine mandate, as well as a repeal of President Joe Biden’s federal mask mandate on public transportation.
- The John R. Lewis Act, which would have federalized elections and stripped away or canceled state election laws that protect election integrity.
- Sen. Paul’s “Six Penny Plan,” which would have reduced federal spending by 6 cents for every $1 annually for the next five years until the federal budget balances.
- The terribly misnamed Inflation Reduction Act, which imposed new taxes on businesses and permitted Biden to hire 87,000 new IRS agents.
The RLC, founded in 1991, describes itself as a lobbying group that works within the GOP “to advance the principles of individual rights, limited government and free markets.”