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CUELLAR RANKED CENTRIST IN CONGRESS BY NATIONAL JOURNAL

Congressman Cuellar’s vote rating is consistent with his moderate stance throughout his career in Congress 

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, was ranked one of the most centrist Members in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a  National Journal vote ratings report released Friday.

National Journal has ranked Cuellar as a centrist in its vote ratings for the past five years, in both Democrat and Republican-lead Congresses.

“My voting record is consistent with the values of my district,” said Cuellar. “I have always been an independent voice in Congress and I am proud to vote in a manner that reflects the needs of all of my constituents whether they are Democrat, Republican or Independent.”

“Regardless of which party has been in control of the House, my moderate voting record has not changed,” said Cuellar. “Years of experience have taught me that we get things done when we meet in the middle. Our constituents need us to come together now more than ever.”

National Journal, a nonpartisan publication, measured 105 key House votes and 97 Senate votes in economic, social, and foreign-policy issues that were cast in 2011.  Senate and House members were rated in each issue category on liberal and conservative scales. Each member is rated on percentile scores to see how they relate to each other on the ideological scales.  In 2011, Congressman Cuellar’s composite score was 57.7 conservative and 42.3 liberal.

For more information on National Journal’s vote ratings, visit  http://nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223.

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