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Sen. Mike Lee earns perfect rating from conservative Club for Growth

First Published      Last Updated Feb 24 2014 12:31 pm

The Club for Growth helped get Sen. Mike Lee elected, the conservative group is quite happy with that move.

The club on Monday issued its scorecard of senators' votes and the only two senators to get perfect marks were Lee and his buddy, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. The club looks to see if members of Congress sided with the group on key votes, such as voting against the bipartisan budget deal late last year.

"2013 saw the emergence of several new defenders of economic freedom as well as continued excellence among old allies," said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. "While there are more champions of pro-economic growth policy serving in Congress than at any time before, it's clear that our fight against the big spenders in both parties has a long way to go."

The club rated Sen. Orrin Hatch at 76 percent, putting him the 25th spot amongst his fellow senators. In the House, Rep. Jason Chaffetz clocked in at 81 percent, Rep. Chris Stewart at 79 percent and Rep. Rob Bishop at 72 percent.

Rep. Jim Matheson tied with Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina as the top Democrats, both earning a 40 percent rating.

-- Thomas Burr