From David Ripley, Idaho Chooses Life
Senator Mike Crapo and Congressman Bill Sali both received 100% scores for 2007 from the Family Research Council. Saliâ€™s score was based upon 16 key pro-family votes during the 1st Session of the 110th Congress.
Congressman Mike Simpson received an 81% from FRC because he only voted with the organization thirteen-of-sixteen times. They report that he missed three key votes, 2 of which involved attempts to undermine President Reaganâ€™s “Mexico City Policy”. (This principle, first enacted by Reagan, prohibits the use of federal dollars from going to organizations that perform abortions in foreign countries; e.g., Planned Parenthood International.) Simpson also missed a vote on legislation which would guarantee that Christian organizations could access Head Start dollars.
The FRC Guide may also be misreporting Simpsonâ€™s opposition to the expansion of CHIP â€“ the Childrenâ€™s Health Insurance Program. They show both Sali and Simpson opposing this measure, which would use federal dollars to pay for abortions in some 17 states; our understanding is that Sali and Simpson have strong disagreements about this expansion and the impact on families and the nationâ€™s moral health. if we’re correct, Simpson’s score should actually be 75%.
Senator Larry Craig received the lowest score in the delegation, 71%. He was dinged for missing two key votes on international funding of abortions.
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