Rep. Tim Bishop Receives Failing Grade on National Security

Oct 30, 2010, 17:21 ET from Keep America Safe

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York representative Tim Bishop, a Democrat representing the state's first district received the lowest possible score from the national security organization Keep America Safe.

Bishop's grade of F is based on a comprehensive study undertaken by the group, which analyzed every significant national security vote cast by Rep. Bishop since he assumed office in 2003. Bishop's failing grade is rooted in his multiple votes to transfer terrorist detainees, currently housed at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to U.S. soil, thereby granting them additional Constitutional rights and hindering intelligence gathering.

Bishop further cast a vote against allowing the U.S. military to develop a contingency plan to deal with the growing threat posed by Iran.

In keeping with the mission of Keep America Safe, each member's score is an indicator of whether he or she supports unapologetic and strong policies in the war on terror, victory in the wars this country fights, and the strong American military needed in the dangerous world in which we live.

Keep America Safe's Scorecard Methodology:

A cross-section of votes between 2001 and 2010 was taken to reflect a range of national security topics. Twenty-nine votes were selected in the Senate, and twenty-seven were selected in the House. The votes reflect a range of issues from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay and detainee policy to Iran to missile defense. Greater priority was given to the 111th and 110th Congresses.

Senators and Representatives can receive one of four grades:

A (Outstanding) – 100-80%

B (Passing) – 79-60%

C (Needs Improvement) – 59-40%

F (Failing) – 39-0%

NA (Not enough votes were cast to merit an official score)

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