Once again, Ron Paul gets the lowest GOP score from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued its 2009 congressional scorecard, and once again, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex. â€” certainly one of the two most free-market politicians in Washington â€” gets the lowest score of any Republican.
Paul was one of a handful of GOP lawmakers not to win the Chamberâ€™s â€œSpirit of Enterprise Award.â€ He scored only a 67%, bucking the Chamber on five votes, including:
* Paul opposed the â€œSolar Technology Roadmap Act,â€ which boosted subsidies for unprofitable solar energy technology.
* Paul opposed the â€œTravel Promotion Act,â€ which subsidizes the tourism industry with a new fee on international visitors.
* Paul opposed the largest spending bill in history, Obamaâ€™s $787 billion stimulus bill.
(Rep John Duncan, R-Tenn., tied Ron Paul with 67%. John McHugh, R-N.Y., scored a 40%, but he missed most of the year because he went off to the Obama administration.)