Washington, D.C. – FreedomWorks, a leading promoter of limited government and the free enterprise system, this week announced that U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has earned its Freedom Fighter Award. This award is given to legislators who have consistently voted in the defense of liberty over the previous year. Over the course of 2011, FreedomWorks identified bills that concerned personal liberties and urged members of Congress to vote in defense of those liberties. Rubio earned a score of 94 percent, making him one of only eight senators to be presented the Freedom Fighter Award this year.
Upon receiving the award, Rubio said, “I believe there is no greater duty for an elected official in our nation than to protect the God-given freedoms of our citizens. When I campaigned for office, I pledged to fight for the principles of a limited and effective government that allows people to thrive in the free enterprise system. I am pleased to have FreedomWorks as a partner in this effort and appreciate their recognition today. I am especially grateful to the people of Florida for entrusting me with the duty of defending freedom, and to organizations like FreedomWorks for providing support in the advancement of that effort.”
Max Pappas, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs at FreedomWorks, said, “Senator Marco Rubio is one of just eight U.S. senators this year to receive the prestigious FreedomWorks Freedom Fighter Award. This award is given to those legislators who consistently vote for economic freedom, scoring above 90 percent on the FreedomWorks Legislative Scorecard. Senator Rubio is part of the vanguard in the Senate standing up to Washington’s reckless spending and its assault on the free enterprise system. Senator Rubio has come to Washington and done what he said he would do. Check out his votes for yourself at Congress.FreedomWorks.Org.”
In 2011, Rubio also earned the “Defender Of Economic Freedom” award from the Club For Growth, an “A+” rating from Americans for Prosperity, and he has the second highest rating in the Senate on the Heritage Action For America Scorecard.