We can now rest assured that Roger Wicker will base much of his re-election campaign on his support for President Trump, not on his more than 20-year congressional career. As we reported, Nate Silver at the FiveThirtyEight blog has pegged Wicker’s support at nearly 96 percent, one of the highest in the Senate. And Roger is showcasing that on his Facebook page:
But if you examine all the votes that Silver uses to tabulate his score, most of them are for Trump cabinet nominations and insignificant rule changes. The Senate has not taken up very many major reform bills, so the use of such numbers is meaningless at this point.
If we look closer at Wicker’s time in the Senate (minus his House years that ran from 1995-2007), however, we see that Ole Roger is not exactly a flaming conservative in favor of reforms.
During his Senate years (2008-2016), some of Wicker’s highlights include:
- Voted against “earmark” bans and/or reforms four times
- Voted for the mortgage bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
- Voted to override Bush’s veto of a bloated Farm Bill
- Voted in support of the International Monetary Fund
- Voted in favor of the Export-Import Bank twice
- Voted to subsidize rural airports with taxpayer funds
- Voted to increase the debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion in 2011
- Voted for a Post Office bailout in 2012
- Voted against a Mike Lee amendment to cut one half of one percent from discretionary spending
- Voted for two Superstorm Sandy bills that totaled $110 billion, were loaded with pork, and with no spending offsets
- Voted against Rand Paul’s budget proposal that would have balanced the budget in four year without raising taxes, reformed entitlements, and eliminated several cabinet departments
- Voted for Obama’s 2011 omnibus budget that increased spending by $45 billion over established budget caps
- Voted for Obama’s two-year budget deal in 2015 that increased spending by $80 billion over those two years, which busted the caps, and suspended the debt limit until March 15, 2017
- Voted kill a Rand Paul amendment to pay for infrastructure spending by cutting foreign aid and energy department loan programs to failed companies like Solyndra
- Voted for an expansion of the “Violence Against Women Act” that included gays and transgenders as new “victims”
- Voted against limiting attorney fees in medical malpractice suits
- Voted against a Rand Paul amendment to ban insider trading by members of Congress, extend disclosure requirements to executive branch officials, and prohibit executive branch officials from holding positions that oversee companies they or their spouse have a financial interest in
Roger Wicker. He’s no conservative. No matter what he says on the campaign trail.