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Club for Growth salutes Stutzman for fiscal votes

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, is the top supporter of free markets among Indiana’s congressional delegation, according to a yearly scorecard released Monday by the fiscally conservative Club for Growth.

Stutzman scored 91 percent for selected votes last year – ranking 22nd in the 435-seat House – and 93 percent for his votes since he joined Congress in 2010.

Club for Growth’s pet issues include reducing income taxes, limiting government, deregulation, free trade, school choice and overhauling Social Security.

Club for Growth said Stutzman was among 22 House members and nine senators to receive its Defender of Economic Freedom award, based on their voting records. He was the only Hoosier to earn the distinction.

The group said in a news release that Stutzman “has demonstrated that he is a fighter for free markets and limited government.”

The next-highest scores from a Hoosier lawmaker were those for Rep. Todd Rokita, R-4th, who scored 83 percent last year, which was 55th in the House, and 85 percent for his career.

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., tied for 26th place in the 100-member Senate with a 75 percent score for his votes last year. His lifetime score is 83 percent.

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., tied for 55th place in the Senate with a 6 percent score in 2013. Donnelly’s lifetime score is 13 percent.

Club for Growth is headed by former Rep. Chris Chocola, whom Donnelly unseated in the House in the 2006 election in Indiana’s 2nd District. A Club for Growth political action committee spent $2 million trying to defeat Donnelly in his successful campaign for the Senate in 2010.

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