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Rep. John Boehner’s Top 10 Worst Votes

Rep. John Boehner (R.-Ohio), a candidate for House minority leader, has a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 94%. But during his 16 years in Congress, Boehner has cast several votes that have increased the size of government.

The following list, compiled from scorecards issued by the American Conservative Union and National Taxpayers Union and votes analyzed by HUMAN EVENTS, shows the legislation on which Boehner has voted against the conservative position since 2000.


10. U.S.-Taiwan Military Ties
Feb. 1, 2000, H.R. 1838 (Roll Call 5)
This bill would have strengthened the military relations between the United States and the Republic of China (Taiwan). The bill was defeated by a vote of 341 to 70. Boehner voted against the bill; conservatives supported it.

9. United Nations Funding
July 15, 2003, H.R. 1950 (Roll Call 365)
This amendment would have capped U.S. contributions to the United Nations at no more than any other permanent member of the Security Council. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 187 to 237. Boehner voted against the amendment; conservatives supported it.

8. Religious Freedom for Churches
Oct. 2, 2002, H.R. 2357 (Roll Call 429)
The bill would have loosened government control over churches, restoring the right of tax-exempt religious organizations to participate in politics, so long as such participation is not a "substantial part" of their work. The bill was defeated by a vote of 178 to 239. Boehner voted against the bill; conservatives supported it.

7. Foreign-Language Ballot Mandate
July 13, 2006, H.R. 9 (Roll Call 372)
Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa) offered this amendment to the Voting Rights Act to end the federal mandate requiring localities to provide foreign-language ballots. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 185 to 238. Boehner voted against the amendment; conservatives supported it.

6. English Language Assistance
Oct. 11, 2001, H.R. 3061 (Roll Call 380)
Rep. Ernest Istook (R.-Okla.) offered this amendment to stop spending federal money to carry out an executive order requiring federal contractors and other recipients of federal assistance to provide translators. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 156 to 262. Boehner voted against the amendment; conservatives supported it.

5. Government Spending Cuts
July 24, 2002, H.R. 5120 (Roll Call 338)
The amendment would have cut 1% of spending across the board from every program funded by the Treasury Department and Postal Service Appropriations Bill. The bill was defeated by a vote of 147 to 282. Boehner voted against the bill; conservatives supported it.

4. Illegal Immigration Residency Extension
March 12, 2002, H.R. 1885 (Roll Call 53)
This bill allowed illegal immigrants to remain in the United States without legal residency. The bill passed by a vote of 275 to 137. Boehner supported the bill; conservatives opposed it.

3. Border Security Measures
Dec. 16, 2005, H.R. 4437 (Roll Call 661)
This bill amended the Immigration and Nationality Act to strengthen enforcement of the immigration laws and enhance border security. The bill passed by a vote of 239 to 182. Boehner voted against this bill; conservatives supported it.

2. No Child Left Behind
May 23, 2001, H.R. 1 (Roll Call 145)
This bill reauthorized several federal education programs, led to an increase in testing at public schools and created more oversight by the federal government. The bill passed by a vote of 384 to 45. Boehner sponsored and voted for the bill; conservatives opposed it.

1. Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit
Nov. 22, 2003, H.R. 1 (Roll Call 669)
This bill marked the greatest expansion of a federal program in almost 40 years. The $400 billion bill added trillions to the unfunded liability of Medicare. The bill passed by a vote of 220 to 215. Boehner voted in favor of the bill; conservatives opposed it.


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