Jim DeMint


2012 Score:
  • Defender of Economic Freedom 2012
  • Defender of Economic Freedom 2011
  • Defender of Economic Freedom 2010
  • Defender of Economic Freedom 2009
  • Defender of Economic Freedom 2008
  • Defender of Economic Freedom 2007
  • Defender of Economic Freedom 2006
  • Defender of Economic Freedom 2005


Title Description Club Position Rep. Position
H.R. 8 Pass deal to increase tax rates, delay automatic spending cuts N A
2012 100%
Title Description Club Position Rep. Position
Increase regulation of speech N Y
H.R. 1 Limit Davis Bacon union wage subsidy rule Y A
H.R. 1 Provide pork filled hurricane spending with no offset N A
S. 3637 Extend unlimited deposit insurance N N
H.R. 6156 Pass Russian free trade bill Y Y
H.J.Res. 1 Pass omnibus government spending bill, fund ObamaCare N N
S. 3412 Extend all 2001 & 2003 tax rate cuts for 2013 Y Y
H.R. 4348 Pass bloated spending bill for tranportation programs and student loan and flood insurance subsidies N N
S. 3240 Pass bloated farm bill N N
S. 3240 Cut food promotional campaign budget by 20% Y Y
S. 3240 Provide crop insurance for organic food N N
S. 3240 Eliminate sugar import quotas and reduce subsidies Y Y
S. 3240 No farm subsidies if income exceeds $250,000 Y Y
S. 3240 Prohibit Agriculture Dept. loan guarantees Y Y
S. 3240 Table amendment to replace food stamp program with state block grants for nutrition assistance N N
S. 2343 Extend student loan subsidies for one year N N
S.Con.Res. Pass fiscally conservative budget blueprint Y Y
H.R. 2072 Reauthorize Export-Import Bank subsidies N N
S.J.Res. 3 Cancel labor board union election rule Y Y
S. 2230 Create new 30% minimum tax N N
H.R. 3606 Ease SEC regulations on emerging growth companies Y Y
S. 1813 Pass bloated transportation bill N N
S. 1813 Cut corporate tax rate and eliminate energy tax breaks Y Y
S. 1813 Subsidize natural gas use in vehicles N N
S. 1813 Cut gas tax, return most highway programs to the States Y Y
S. 1813 Approve Keystone pipeline Y Y
S. 1813 Allow new oil and gas leases Y Y
S. 1813 Eliminate duplicate programs Y Y
S. 2038 Permanent earmark ban Y Y
2011 100%
Title Description Club Position Rep. Position
Sign Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge Letter Bonus Y Y
H.R. 2055 Pass bloated omnibus appropriations bill N N
S. 1917 Impose new permanent income tax surtax, temporary payroll tax holiday N N
H.R. 2112 Pass bloated spending bill for five government departments N N
S.J.Res. 6 Disapprove Internet regulations Y Y
H.R. 2112 Reduce spending for five departments to 2011 levels Y Y
H.R. 2112 Increase government mortgage guarantee limits N N
H.R. 3080 Pass South Korea trade agreement Y Y
H.R. 3078 Pass Colombia trade agreement Y Y
H.R. 3079 Pass Panama trade agreement Y Y
S. 1619 Passage of anti-trade currency sanctions bill N N
S. 1660 Raise top income tax rate by 5.6%, boost spending by $100 billion N N
H.R. 2832 Revive expanded trade adjustment assistance N N
H.R. 2887 Limit highway trust fund spending to gas tax receipts Y Y
H.J.Res. 66 Pass emergency spending without offsets N N
S. 365 Increase debt limit N N
H.R. 2560 Kill Cut, Cap and Balance N N
S. 679 Rescind $108 billion IMF appropriation Y Y
S. 782 Reauthorize Economic Development Administration N N
S. 782 Repeal ethanol import tax and tax subsidy Y Y
S. 782 Postpone debit card price controls Y Y
S.Con.Res. Balanced Budget Blueprint Y Y
S. 493 Bar EPA from passing greenhouse gas regulations Y Y
S. 23 Kill Full Faith and Credit Act N N
S. 223 Limit Davis Bacon N N
S. 223 Repeal ObamaCare Y Y
2010 100%
Title Description Club Position Rep. Position
Signed Repeal It Pledge Y Y
Sponsored Bills Would Cut Spending Y Y
H.R. 3082 Pass Spending Extension Bill N N
H.R. 4853 Limit Tax Cut Extension N N
H.R. 4853 Permanently Extend Tax Cuts Y Y
S. 3985 Increase Social Security Benefits N N
S. 510 New Food Regulations N N
S. 510 Repeal New Burdensome IRS Reporting Regulations Y Y
S. 3772 New Gender Pay Regulations N N
H.R. 3081 5% Spending Cut Y Y
S. 3628 Speech Regulations N N
H.R. 1586 $26 Billion Subsidy to States N N
H.R. 4213 Permanent Repeal of Death Tax Y Y
S.J.Res. 2 Disapprove EPA Finding On Carbon Emissions Y Y
S. 3217 Create New Consumer Regulator N N
H.R. 4173 Financial Regulation Bill N N
S. 3217 Debit Card Price Controls N N
S. 3217 End Subsidies for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Y Y
S. 3217 Limit Government Sponsored Enterprises Y A
H.R. 4872 Rescind All Stimulus Funds Y Y
H.R. 4872 Pass ObamaCare Addendum N N
H.R. 4872 Table Amendment to Repeal ObamaCare N N
H.R. 4872 Table Motion to Strike New Medicare Tax from ObamaCare N N
H.R. 1586 Ban Earmarks When Budget is Out of Balance Y Y
H.R. 1586 DC School Choice Y Y
H.J.Res. 4 Increase Debt Ceiling N N
H.J.Res. 45 Attach $20 Billion in Spending Cuts to Debt Ceiling Y Y
H.J.Res. 45 Terminate TARP Y Y
2009 100%
Title Description Club Position Rep. Position
NTU Grade Points Y Y
Not a Sponsor of anti-trade bills Y Y
S.391 N N
H.R. 3590 Pass Health Care Bill N N
H.R. 3590 Constitutional Point of Order on Health Care Bill Y Y
H.R. 3590 Stop Debate on Health Care Bill N N
H.R. 3288 Pass Bloated 2010 Spending Bill N N
S. 1776 Pass Doc "Fix" N N
S. 1023 Create Travel Promotion Office N N
H.R. 3435 Cash for Clunkers N N
S. 896 Mortgage Cramdown N N
S.Con.Res. Pass Bloated 2010 Budget Resolution N N
S.Con.Res. 13 Allow for Death Tax Reduction Vote Y Y
S.Con.Res. 13 No More Auto Bailouts Y Y
S.Con.Res. 13 Create Budget Point of Order against Debt over 90% of GDP Y Y
S.Con.Res. 13 No Fast Track Vote on Cap and Trade Y Y
S.Con.Res. 13 Amend Budget Resolution to allow for Passage of Cap and Trade N N
H.R. 1105 Ban Contingency Fees for State Attorneys General Expert Witnesses Y Y
H.R. 1105 Keep DC School Vouchers Y Y
H.R. 1 Stop Debate on "Stimulus" Spending N N
H.R. 1 Eliminate "Stimulus" Spending, Make Tax Cuts Permanent & Cut Taxes Y Y
H.R. 1 Strike Anti-Trade Provision Y Y
H.R. 2 Expand Gov't Run Health Care N N
S. 181 Paycheck Torts N N
S.J.Res. 5 TARP Bailout, Disapprove Second $350 Billion Y Y
2008 100%
Title Description Club Position Rep. Position
NTU Grade Points Y Y
Bonus Refused Earmarks Y Y
H.R. 7005 Auto Company Bailout N N
H.R. 1424 Bank Bailout N N
H.R. 6049 Tax Increase for AMT N A
S. 3297 Omnibus Spending Bill N N
H.R. 3221 Fannie And Freddie Bailout -- Final Passage N N
H.R. 3221 Fannie And Freddie Bailout N N
H.R. 3221 Strike $300 Billion Increase in FHA Insurance Y Y
S. 3044 Windfall Profits Tax N N
S. 3036 Cap Carbon Emissions N A
H.R. 2419 Pass Farm Bill N N
S. 2284 Allow Drilling in Alaska and Offshore Y Y
S. 2284 Create a Federal Hurricane Insurance Program N N
H.R. 3221 Kill Amendment to Allow Judges to Modify Mortgages Y Y
S.Con.Res. Pass Tax Increase Budget N N
S.Con.Res. 70 Cut Spending On Ineffective Programs Y Y
S.Con.Res. 70 Create Senate Rule Against Tax Hikes Y Y
S.Con.Res. 70 Extend 2001, 2003 Income Tax Cuts Y Y
S.Con.Res. 70 One Year Ban On Earmarks Y Y
S. 2663 Kill Legal Reform Amendment N N
S. 2663 Kill Amendment on Certain Contingency Fee Agreements N N
2007 100%
Title Description Club Position Rep. Position
NTU Grade Poinst Y Y
RePork Card Y Y
Did Not Sponsor Anti-Trade Bill Y Y
Bill Tally Y N
H.R. 2419 Passage of Farm Bill N N
H.R. 3688 US-Peru Free Trade Agreement Y Y
H.R. 2419 End Debate on Farm Bill N N
H.R. 1495 Override Veto of Water Bill N N
H.R. 3963 Pass Bill to Expand Government Run Health Care N N
H.R. 3043 Limit Labor-HHS Spending to President's Budget Y Y
H.R. 976 Pass Bill to Expand Government Run Health Care N N
H.R. 3074 Pay Higher Union Wages on Gov't Contracts N N
H.R. 3074 Ban Operation of Mexican Trucks N N
H.R. 976 Pass Bill to Expand Government Run Health Care N N
H.R. 976 Allow Interstate Sale of Health Insurance Y Y
H.R. 800 Allow Unions to Bypass Secret Elections N N
H.R. 6 Energy Regulation Bill N N
S. 761 Discontinue Advanced Technology Program Y Y
S. 761 Kill Amendment to Exempt Small Caps from Sarbanes Oxley N N
S. 761 Kill Resolution Urging Senate to Offset Costs of New Programs N N
S. 3 Drug Price "Negotiations" -- Controls N N
S.Con.Res. 21 Reduce Mandatory Spending Increases $71 Billion Over 5 Yrs. Y Y
S.Con.Res. 21 Amend Budget to Extend 2001 Tax Cuts Y Y
S.Con.Res. 21 Repeal the Death Tax Y Y
S.Con.Res. 21 Allow Social Security Reform Y Y
S.Con.Res. 21 Cut Programs Rated Ineffective Y Y
S.Con.Res. 21 Allow Simple Majority to Extend Tax Cuts Y Y
H.R. 2 Increase Minimum Wage N N
S. 1 Strike Regulation of Grassroots Lobbying Y Y
S. 1 Spending Frozen at Previous Year if Spending Bill Late Y Y
2006 100%
Title Description Club Position Rep. Position
Card Check Y N
Bill Tally Y N
Anti-Free Speech Bill Y N
Pro-Free Speech Letter Y Y
NTU Rating Y Y
H.R. 5384 Waive Budget Act N N
H.R. 5684 Oman Free Trade Agreement Y Y
S. 3711 Gulf Offshore Drilling Y Y
S. 2766 Minimum Wage Hike N N
H.R. 8 Death Tax Repeal Y Y
S. 1955 Small Business Health Plans Y Y
H.R. 4297 Extend Tax Cuts Y Y
S. 22 Medical Liability Legal Reform Y Y
H.R. 4939 Cut Shipbuilder Pork Y Y
H.R. 4939 Cut Seafood Promotion Pork N N
H.R. 4939 Trim Supplemental Spending Hikes N N
H.R. 4939 Cut Rail Line Pork N N
S.Con.Res. 83 Medicare Point of Order N N
S.Con.Res. 83 Social Security Reserve Fund Y Y
S.Con.Res. 83 Mandatory Spending Restraint Y Y
S.Con.Res. 83 Discretionary Spending Limit Y Y
S.Con.Res. 83 Medicare Price "Negotiation" N N
S.Con.Res. 83 TaxGo Rules N N
S. 852 Asbestos -- Medical Criteria N N
2005 100%
Title Description Club Position Rep. Position
NTU Grade Points Y Y
Social Security bonus Y Y
Bill Tally Bonus Y N
S. 1932 Budget Reconc Y Y
S. 2020 Higher Top Tax Bracket N N
S. 2020 Higher Marginal Tax Rates N N
S. 2020 Price controls N N
S. 2020 Windfall Profit Tax N N
S. 1932 School Choice Y Y
S. 1932 Inhofe Budget Cap Y Y
S. 1932 Drug Prices N N
H.R. 3058 Bridge to Nowhere Y Y
H.R. 3058 Minimum Wage N N
H.R. 3 Hwy Conf Report N Y
S. 1307 CAFTA Y Y
H.R. 6 Renewables Mandate, Electricity N N
H.R. 6 Gas Mandate N Y
H.R. 3 Add $ to Highway Bill N N
S. 600 Trade Tax Increase Y Y
S.Con.Res. 18 Strike Tax Cuts N N
S.Con.Res. 18 Medicaid Reconciliation N N
S.Con.Res. 18 ANWR N N
S.Con.Res. 18 Tax Cut Obstacle N N
S. 5 Class Action Reform Y Y

Y = Yes Vote    N = No Vote    A = Absent for Vote