Gone, Going, Gone: #Conservative Hitch Hiker’s Guide for Next Two Weeks!

I’m going to be gone on vacation for the next two weeks with limited internet connection. I feel bad about leaving everyone hanging on what is going on for the next two weeks, so I’m going to give as much help as I can.


I’ve been scoring votes without releasing key vote alerts recently. And I reserve the right to score any votes that occur that deal with issues of fiscal responsibility, liberty, and the Constitution.

The House of Representatives will meet on July 8-11 and July 14-17.
The U.S. Senate will meet on July 7-11 and July 14-18.

Both chambers are expected to work on Appropriations bills. Possible consideration of legislation dealing with the Export-Import Bank (which LLPH strongly opposes and will score as a 10-pointer) as well as dealing with the Highway Trust Fund (which needs major reforms before renewal). Expect a lot of spending cuts and liberty issues to be dealt with.

We expect the House will likely work on either the Energy or the Agriculture Appropriations. A lot of opportunity to cut spending!

Here are some sites to watch their key votes (if they’re scoring it, I’m likely scoring it as well):
Club for Growth
National Taxpayers Union
Campaign for Liberty
Generation Opportunity

Follow me on Twitter: @SpoaSteph (I’ll try to tweet out some).


July 15, 2014:


Also, we need to be helping out the Georgia candidates who will be up for runoffs on July 22, 2014:


A few additional websites:
Liberty Conservatives
The Hill
Roll Call

Remember to follow me on Twitter (I’ll try to get out updates).

This should help you for the next few weeks. I’ll be back soon!

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#Liberty Leaders #NC03 Rep. Walter Jones & #KY04 Rep. Thomas Massie Discuss Issues! #TCOT #MakeDCListen

They discuss NSA, declassifying portion of 9/11 report, Iraq/Afghanistan and the House Liberty Caucus. June 25, 2014

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#LLPH Congratulates #Liberty Congressman-Elect Curt Clawson on Victory in #FL19: 67-29% Against Democrat! #TCOT #TeaParty



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#LLPH Recommends #Conservative Elise Stefanik for Congress #NY21! #TCOT #MakeDCListen #NYpol

“My generation is going to have to clean up this mess,” Stefanik said of government debt and spending

LLPH is proud to recommend Elise Stefanik for New York’s 22nd Congressional District. The election is tomorrow and it is important to get out the vote for her. She is running against a liberal Republican who is known to be weak on the issues and who has lost two times. Her fresh voice as well as her being a millennial (29 years old), are all pluses that give us the confidence she can win back this district.

Elise Stefanik is willing to buck those in her party’s leadership, even with the endorsements of several of them such as Rep. Paul Ryan. 

That said, Stefanik challenged Doheny on whether he would have voted the budget agreement struck last winter between Ryan and Senate budget committee chair Patty Murray.

“Would I have voted in favor of it?” Doheny responded. “I don’t know. Probably.”

That gave Stefanik the opening to respond “I wouldn’t have…because for all the families based at Fort Drum and for all the military veterans, that deal cuts veterans benefits.”


She has the courage to lead and fight for conservative principles. This is what LLPH’s friend Doug Hoffman, conservative and tea party candidate in 2010 against another liberal Republican stated this when he endorsed Elise Stefanik:

“I think she’s a terrific candidate, well-educated, [with] good experience in Washington that will help her when she gets down there to open doors and get the job done,” Hoffman said in a phone interview. “I like her stance on just about all the issues. I can’t think of any that I don’t agree with her on. She’s a commonsense conservative Reagan Republican. I think she’s going to be a candidate that can unify the Republicans, the conservatives, and the independents.” 


We are proud to recommend Elise Stefanik for New York’s 22nd Congressional District. This district has a Cook PVI of R+2. It was formerly held by a Republican until 2010 when a conservative and liberal Republican split the vote leading to Rep. Bill Owens win (he is retiring this year).

It is time for a new and fresh voice in Congress. Time to send Elise to victory tomorrow! 

Elise’s Website: http://eliseforcongress.com/


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#LLPH Endorses General Bentley Rayburn for Congress #CO05! #TCOT #MakeDCListen #COpol

Watch Lamborn Become Unglued When Rayburn Calls Him Out On His Voting Record

LLPH is proud to endorse General Bentley Rayburn for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District. He is challenging Rep. Doug Lamborn (R) in the primary this Tuesday. So far, two incumbents have been defeated this year: Rep. Ralph Hall and Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Lamborn is more like Hall than Cantor. We have for a long time supported Rep. Lamborn, but at this turning point in our country, with an imperial president, a tyrannical senate, and a surrender house, we must demand better. Rep. Lamborn is a good man and is with us on most of the issues, but he has been MISSING IN ACTION when major fights come to the floor.

In addition, Rep. Lamborn voted for the Ryan-Murray Budget (which cut veterans benefits), supported buying Russian military weapons (funding Russian businesses and shipping jobs overseas), and was very weak during the Defund Obamacare fight. The fact is that after serving in elected office since 1995, Rep. Lamborn has lost touch with the citizenry. He is not a neo-statist like Cantor was, but like Hall, his refusal to fight combined with some of his bad votes suggests to us that with a strong conservative challenger, he does not deserve re-election.

General Bentley Rayburn will never waver in fighting against the Obama Administration’s reckless policies. He will be an aggressive leader, joining with other strong conservatives like Reps. Jim Bridenstine and Ron DeSantis (both military veterans as well), to fight for the conservative principles we believe in. 

In his own words:

I am running because, like many Republicans, I am fed up with status quo conservatives who only show up at election time and who campaign with predictable “conservative” slogans and do little to advance our cause of Constitutional governance and liberty. 

Gun Owners of America PVF, the strongest pro-2nd Amendment organization in the country has endorsed Rayburn stating:

“We, along with other conservative organizations and individuals, have lost confidence in Mr. Lamborn based on his lack of leadership,” Vice Chairman of GOA Tim Macy explains. “General Rayburn has shown true leadership from the time he started at the Air Force Academy, throughout his exceptional career and serving his church and community.”


Colorado’s 5th Congressional District has a PVI of R+15, making it an extremely Republican district. It is time to stop sending mediocre politicians, and start sending conservative LEADERS! Bentley Rayburn will add to our conservative coalition and we are proud to endorse him for Congress.

Rayburn’s Website: http://rayburnforcolorado.com/

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Leadership Points for Amendments to #Defense Appropriations #FY2015! #TCOT

1% Added for Each Amdt. Offered by Sponsor.

Gohmert (R-TX) - Page 7, Line 2 – Increases National Guard Personnel, Army by $41.4 million, reduces Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide by the same amount. (Point of Ordered)

Holt (D-NJ) - Page 32, Line 12 - Reduces Intelligence Community Management Account by $2 million and increases the same account by the same amount. The sponsor’s intent is to direct that sum towards the Intelligence Community Whistleblowing & Source Protection Directorate. (Adopted Voice Vote)

Nolan (D-MN) - Prohibits funds from being used for the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund. (Adopted Voice Vote)

Grayson (D-FL) - ​Prohibits funds from being used to make various military weapons and equipment available to local law enforcement through the DoD Excess Personal Property Program. (Point of Ordered)

Lee (D-CA) - Amendment No. 33 – Prohibits funds from being used pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. (Failed 182-231)

Conyers (D-MI) - Prohibits funds from being used to transfer man-portable air defense systems to any entity in Syria. (Adopted Voice Vote)

McKinley (R-WV) - Prohibits funds from being used the Administration’s climate change agenda, which includes the National Climate Assessment, the IPCC report, the UN’s Agenda 21, and the Social Cost of Carbon. (Adopted Voice Vote)

Hanabusa (D-HI) - Prohibits funds from being used with respect to Iraq in contravention of the War Powers Resolution (Adopted Voice Vote)

Fortenberry (R-NE) - Prohibits funds from being used to provide weapons in Syria. (Failed 167-244)

Grayson (D-FL) - Prohibits funds from being used to transfer military weapons and equipment to local law enforcement agencies through the DoD Excess Personal Property Program. (Failed 62-355)

Gosar (R-AZ) - Prohibits funds from being used for the storage of patrol boats under Navy Memorandum under #105-E2P-196 dated October 12, 2010. (Adopted Voice Vote)

Lee (D-CA) - Amendment No. 34 – Prohibits funds from being used for the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force after December 31, 2014 (Failed 157-260)

Murphy (D-FL) - Prohibits funds from being used to maintain or improve facilities that DoD lists as being completely unused. (Adopted Voice Vote)

Lee (D-CA) - Amendment No. 32 – Prohibits funds from being used to conduct combat operations in Afghanistan after December 31, 2014. (Failed 153-260)

McClintock (R-CA) - Prohibits funds from being used for green energy programs. (Adopted Voice Vote)

Grayson (D-FL) - Prohibits funds from being used to subvert or interfere with the integrity of a cryptographic standard proposed, developed, or adopted by National Institute of Standards and Technology. (Adopted Voice Vote)

King (R-IA) - Prohibits funds from being used to transfer weapons to the Palestinian Authority. (Adopted Voice Vote)

Massie (R-KY), Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Lofgren (D-WI), Conyers (D-MI), Poe (R-TX), Gabbard (D-HI), Jordan (R-OH), O’Rourke (D-TX), Amash (R-MI), Holt (D-NJ), Nadler (D-NY), Petri (R-WI), DelBene (D-WA), Farenthold (R-TX), Butterfield (D-NC), and Sanford (R-SC)- Prohibits funds from being used to fully exploit lawfully collected foreign intelligence information collected under Sec. 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  (Passed 293-123-1)

Rohrabacher (R-CA) - Prohibits funds from being provided to Pakistan. (Failed 92-320)

Gosar (R-AZ) - Prohibits funds from being obligated or expended to Iran, Syria, the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (Passed 280-133)

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#House Key Vote Alert: Massie-Lofgren #NSA Limitation Amendment to #Defense Appropriations! #TCOT #Liberty

LLPH announced our strong support for the Massie-Lofgren NSA Amendment which may be presented either today or tomorrow. Should this amendment receive a recorded vote, we may double score this amendment in our 2014 Congressional Scorecard.

Reps. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) are introducing an amendment to the 2015 Defense Appropriations bill that would keep intelligence agencies from using funds to conduct warrantless and “backdoor” searches of U.S. communications.

The amendment would cut off funding for efforts to build security vulnerabilities, or “backdoors,” into U.S. tech products or services that can be used for surveillance, according to a memo from the lawmakers’ offices.

The provision would also prevent agencies from searching communications to or from people in the U.S. without a warrant, according to the memo.

While the authority for those searches is aimed at collecting foreign communications, information about U.S. persons can be swept up if one party is based in the U.S. or if the communication is processed or stored in another country.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/technology/209783-house-members-try-again-with-nsa-reform-amendments#ixzz351NuRF4F
Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

LLPH urges all members to vote YES on the Massie-Lofgren NSA Limitation Amendment. We will likely include this vote in our scorecard.

We should also note that many amendments will be offered to the Defense Appropriations FY 2015. We will try to release alerts, but reserve the right to score any vote. Our policy on defense is to stop nation-building, maintain a strong but reasonable defense level, and ensure that we are using defense money in the wisest and most useful manner. 

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