Ninth District Congressman Adam Smith was named to the Honor Roll on the Concord Coalition Tough Choices scorecard, which scored Members of Congress on their votes related to fiscal discipline and responsible budgeting.
The Concord Coalition is a bipartisan, grassroots organization advocating fiscal responsibility and entitlement reform to protect their viaiblity and fairness for all generations. Their “Tough Choices” scorecard rates 12 votes in the House of Representatives that promote fiscal discipline. Priorities include protecting the budget surplus until the long-term Social Security problem has been solved, keeping the budget enforcement procedures, such as the pay-as-you-go rules, intact, and eliminating wastefull or unnecessary government programs.
The 12 votes scored by the Concord Coalition were weighted according to their relative importance to deficit reduction. The median score in the House of Representatives was 36.
Smith earned a raw score of 74 and was in the 97th percentile, which places him number 12 out of 435 Members of Congress. The top fifteen include Members of both parties from around the country: Representatives Mark Sanford (R-SC), David Skaggs (D-Colo), Tom Barrett (D-Wis), Ron Kind (D-Wis), Michael Castle (R-Del), Lloyd Doggett (D-Tex), Bill Luther (D-Minn), David Minge (D-Minn), Pete Stark (D-Calif), Barbara Lee (D-Calif), Vic Fazio (D-Calif), Ben Cardin (D-Md), Adam Smith (D-Wash), Charles Stenholm (D-Tex), and Ron Paul (R-Tex).
“Although I don’t vote based on how I will be rated by any organization, I’m very proud to be on the Concord Coalition’s honor roll,” said Smith. “The Concord Coalition is extremely well-respected and is the leading advocate of fiscal responsibility. Since maintaining fiscal discipline and reducing the debt is a top priority for me, it is nice to be recognized by an organization that prioritizes these issues.”