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National Taxpayers Union Rates Labrador over McCarthy in Race for Majority Leader

National Taxpayers Union Rates Labrador over McCarthy in Race for Majority Leader

On Thursday, House Republicans will vote to elect a new majority leader and, in all likelihood, a new majority whip. Last week, National Taxpayers Union (NTU) posted the NTU Rating of Congress scores of the various candidates for these two important leadership positions. 

Since that time, the Majority Leader race has winnowed down to two men – pitting current Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) against Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID).

NTU’s rating “sheds a great deal of light on how consistently lawmakers have supported lower taxes and limited government. That’s because NTU’s scorecard incorporates every single vote that affects taxes, spending, and debt.”

Here’s how the candidates stack up on NTU’s scorecard:

Candidate

2012 Score

2012 Grade

2012 Rank

Lifetime Average Score*

McCarthy

72%

B-

144

79%

Labrador

90%

A

5

90%

*Lifetime average score is the arithmetic mean of each year’s score. Please note that grading criteria changes from year to year.

McCarthy is a heavy favorite. If he does win, it would open up the position of majority whip. Running for that post are Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise (R-LA), Rep. Pete Roskam (R-IL), who is currently the chief deputy whip, and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN).

Here are their ratings on NTU’s scorecard:

Candidate

2012 Score

2012 Grade

2012 Rank

Lifetime Average Score*

Scalise

82%

B+

57

84%

Roskam

69%

C+

170

78%

Stutzman

86%

A

24

87%

*Lifetime average score is the arithmetic mean of each year’s score. Please note that grading criteria changes from year to year.

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