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Club for Growth Names Broun #1 Defender of Economic Freedom in Congress

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Washington, Feb 26, 2013 | comments
The Club for Growth, the nation's leading free-market advocacy organization, today named Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) the most conservative Congressman to receive the Defender of Economic Freedom award.  The award honors Members of Congress who have a strong, consistent voting record on economic growth issues.  Dr. Broun was one of twenty-two U.S. Congressmen to receive the award this year.

“With his score of 100%, and a lifetime score of 99%, Dr. Broun has demonstrated that he is a fighter for free markets and limited government,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “2012 was a tough year for economic freedom. Whether it was the GOP’s support of massive tax increases or the constant assault on liberty by the Obama administration, the pro-growth caucus in Congress has a lot of work to do in 2013. Fortunately, Dr. Broun repeatedly took principled stands against the tax-and-spend crowd. The people of the 10th Congressional District of Georgia are lucky to have Dr. Broun standing up for them in Washington.”

To see how all Members of Congress did in the Club’s 2012 Scorecard, visit

Club for Growth publishes an annual scorecard so Club members and the public can monitor the actions and the voting behavior of Members of Congress on economic growth issues. The Club conducted a comprehensive examination of each lawmaker’s record on pro-growth policies and computed a score on a scale of 0 to 100. A score of 100 indicates the highest support for pro-growth policies. Those lawmakers scoring 90 or higher in 2010— and who also have a lifetime score of 90 or higher—receive the Defender of Economic Freedom award.

The rating examines legislative actions that affect our immediate pro-economic growth policy goals, including:

·         Reduce income tax rates

·         Death tax repeal

·         Limited government through limited spending and budget reform, including a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution

·         Social Security reform with personal retirement accounts for younger workers

·         Expanding trade freedom (free trade)

·         End abusive lawsuits through medical malpractice and tort reform

·         Replacing the current tax code (flat tax, fair tax)

·         School choice

Regulatory reform and deregulation
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