Cole Named One of Congress' Most Conservative Members

May 11, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after being recognized by the American Conservative Union (ACU) as one of the most conservative members of Congress. The 2011 ACU Ratings Award is presented to legislators who scored 80 percent or higher on a variety of conservative issues on which Congress voted in the first session of the 112th Congress. Cole was recognized Thursday at a presentation on Capitol Hill.

"Tried-and-true conservative policies are needed more than ever to prevent a disastrous debt crisis and rein in a federal government that has grown too costly and intrusive.

"Liberal plans have failed to improve the economic outlook and have actually made it worse. I'm proud to have a 92 percent lifetime conservative rating and to have joined other conservatives in Congress to pass numerous initiatives to get government out of the way of job creation and balance the budget responsibly without gutting our defense capabilities. We will continue to fight for commonsense principles of fiscal discipline, a strong defense, limited government, and traditional values.

"I thank the American Conservative Union for recognizing me for the ninth consecutive year and for working to hold Congress accountable to the American people."

ACU Chairman Al Cardenas commented: “The ACU Conservative Award is a reflection of Representative Tom Cole’s consistent support of conservative principles on a wide range of issues of concern to grassroots conservatives in 2011. At a time when the fundamental principles of the American system of government are being challenged, Representative Tom Cole stands with those who are trying to preserve those principles.”