Is Joe Manchin Really a Conservative?

Senator Manchin’s 2011 ACU Voting Record

MORGANTOWN, WV – In Senator Joe Manchin’s first 2 years in office, Joe has voted with Barack Obama 87% of the time.  According to the 2011 ratings of Congress by the American Conservative Union, Joe Manchin has voted as a liberal 85% of the time.

Joe Manchin likes to coin himself as being a “conservative” Democrat.  However, the facts say otherwise.

2011 ACU Senate Vote Descriptions

http://conservative.org/ratingsarchive/uscongress/2011/

Health Care Repeal. S223 (Roll Call 9)
The Senate rejected an amendment that would have repealed the Obama health care overhaul and restore laws amended or repealed by the law.  ACU strongly opposed this government takeover of the U.S. health care system and supported this amendment.  60 votes were required for the amendment to pass.  The amendment failed on February 2, 2011 by a vote of 47-51.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Davis-Bacon. S 223 (Roll Call 11)
The Senate rejected an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization bill that would limit the application of the Davis-Bacon Act to federal projects.  Davis-Bacon requires contractors to pay “prevailing wages” usually union wages on a project, usually well above the market rate and adding billions of dollars in cost to federal projects and adding to the deficit.  ACU opposes this federal mandate and supported this amendment.  The Senate agreed to “table” or kill the amendment on February 3, 2011 by a vote of 55-42.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Air Service Subsidies. S 223 (Roll Call 21)
The Senate rejected an amendment to the FAA authorization bill that would have eliminated the so-called “Essential Air Service” program that spends taxpayer money to subsidize air service to rural airports with little passenger traffic.  ACU opposes this wasteful spending and interference in the free market and supported this amendment.  The Senate voted to “table,” or kill the amendment on February 17, 2011 by a vote of 61-38.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Planned Parenthood. H. Con. Res. 36 (Roll Call 60)
The Senate rejected an amendment to the appropriations for Fiscal Year 2011 barring funds for Planned Parenthood which offers abortion services.  ACU has always opposed federal funding of abortions and therefore opposed funding of Planned Parenthood.  The amendment failed on April 14, 2011 by a vote of 42-58.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Judicial nomination.  (Roll Call 65)
The Senate cut off debate by invoking cloture on the nomination of John J. McConnell for District Court Judge in Rhode Island.  McDonnell’s career was built as an anti-business trial lawyer whose primary qualification seemed to be the contributions of McConnell and his wife of $700,000 to the Democratic Party and their candidates.  ACU opposed this nomination and opposed the cloture motion, which required 60 votes to pass.  The Senate passed the motion on May 4, 2011 by a vote of 63-33.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Judicial nomination. (Roll Call 74)
The Senate rejected a motion to cut off debate by invoking cloture on the nomination of Goodwin Liu for the 9th Circuit federal court of appeals based in California.  Liu had no judicial experience or trial experience as an attorney.  Liu said he envisioned the judiciary as “a culturally situated interpreter of social meaning” and judges should act to create a constitutional right to welfare, housing, education and medical care.  Liu helped the fight against the confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.  ACU opposed this nomination and the motion to cut off debate.  The cloture motion required 60 votes to pass but failed on May 19, 2011 by a vote of  52-43.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

International Monetary Fund. S 679 (Roll Call 99)
The Senate rejected an amendment to a bill reducing the number of Senate-confirmed executive positions that would have rescinded $108 billion in taxpayer funds committed to the International Monetary Fund and the authority for other loans.  ACU opposes increasing American liability for the European Union bailout and supported this amendment. The amendment failed on June 29, 2011 by a vote of 44-55.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Executive branch nominations. S 679 (Roll Call 101)
The Senate passed a bill eliminating hundreds of executive positions from congressional confirmation and allowing
others to be on a “fast-track” procedure to speed Senate confirmation.  ACU opposes this transfer of congressional authority to the executive and opposed this bill.  The bill passed the Senate on June 29, 2011 by a vote of 79-20.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Debt Limit Increase. S 365 (Roll Call 123)
The Senate passed a bill that allowed a debt increase of up to $2.5 trillion with no spending reduction required in Fiscal Year 2012.  The bill also sep up a “supercommittee” of twelve members of Congress that would meet in secret to negotiate a deficit reduction of $1.2 trillion over ten years.  The bill also requires a “sequestration” or automatic reduction of $1.2 trillion over ten years if no other agreement is reached by 2013.  ACU opposes automatic debt limit increases with no congressional action required and opposed this bill.  The bill passed the Senate on August 2, 2011 by a vote of 74-26.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Trade Adjustment Assistance. HR 2832 (Roll Call 146)
The Senate rejected an amendment to a bill extending trade preferences that would have restricted the use of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) funds to workers affected by countries with an existing free trade agreement with the United States.  ACU opposes the TAA program as a wasteful program that adds to 67 existing job training programs and supported this reasonable attempt to reduce its size.  The amendment failed on September 22, 2011 by a vote of 34-62.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Columbia Free Trade Agreement. HR 3078 (Roll Call 163)
The Senate approved a free trade agreement between the United States and Columbia. ACU supports efforts to expand free trade and supported this agreement.  The bill to implement the agreement passed on October 12, 2011 by a vote of 66-33.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Bryson Nomination. (Roll Call 176)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Bryson as Secretary of Commerce.  ACU strongly opposed this nomination to the agency charged with promoting free enterprise as Bryson co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council, a radical environmental group which has attacked businesses through lawsuits and promoted draconian federal regulation of business to promote its goals. Nevertheless, the Senate confirmed the nomination on October 20, 2011 by a vote of 74-26.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Public Employee Jobs Funding. S 1723 (Roll Call 177)
The Senate refused to cut off debate by invoking cloture on a bill to give $35 billion of taxpayer money to state and
local governments paid for by an income tax surcharge. ACU opposes these attempts to bail out those state and local governments who have been overspending and opposed this bill.  Cloture motions require 60 votes to pass. The motion to cut off debate failed on October 20, 2011 by a vote of 50-50.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Bailout.  HR 2112 (Roll Call 179)
The Senate rejected an amendment to an appropriations bill that would have limited the taxpayer liability for the government sponsored enterprises (GSE) of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to a total of $200 billion.  ACU opposed this bailout in 2008 and supported this attempt to cap taxpayer liability.  The amendment failed on October 20, 2011 by a vote of 41-57.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Government Backed Mortgage Limits. HR 2112. (Roll Call 180)
The Senate passed an amendment to an appropriations bill to renew an increase in the allowable limits on government backed mortgages to well over $700,000.  ACU opposed this attempt to increase taxpayer liability to a program that has cost $150 billion in bailout money to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and opposed this amendment. The amendment required 60 votes to pass and passed on October 20, 2011 by a vote of 60-38.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Judicial Nomination. (Roll Call 222)
The Senate rejected a motion to cut off debate by invoking cloture on the nomination of Caitlin Halligan for the
Disctrict of Columbia Circuit Court.  Halligan had shown her opposition to Second Amendment rights by working to
make gun manufacturers liable for actions by gun owners. This seat once held by Chief Justice John Roberts had been left vacant by the refusal of Senate Democrats to vote on nominees put forward by George W. Bush.  ACU opposed this nomination and opposed the cloture motion which required 60 votes to pass.  It was defeated on December 6, 2011 by a vote of 54-45.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Balanced Budget Amendment S J Res 10. (Roll Call 229)
The Senate failed to pass a balanced budget amendment to the constitution which requires a two-thirds vote. The
Senate vote was the only one in either house of Congress on an amendment which required a super-majority for tax increases and protected against judicial interference in how Congress would balance the budget.  The amendment failed on December 14, 2011 by a vote of 47-53.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

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