What do these 8 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives have in common?

Costa (CA-20) 50%
Peters (MI-9) 45%
Peterson (MN-7) 43%
Boren (OK-2) 43%
Holden (PA-17) 43%
Cardoza (CA-18) 38%
Altmire (PA-4) 38%
Owens (NY-23) 35%

They each voted for a higher percentage of spending-cut amendments to HR 1 (Continuing Appropriation Act) last week than Frank Wolf, Republican congressman from Virginia’s 10th District.

Wolf only voted for 33% of the 21 spending-cut amendments to HR 1.

You can use the tool located at Hot Air to see more detail on how the members of Congress voted.

Visit the Heritage Action for America blog for more information and to download a PDF file detailing which cost-cutting amendments Frank Wolf voted for and against.

By way of comparison, here is a list showing how Virginia’s delegation to Congress voted, from best to worst:

Robert Hurt (VA-5) 100%
Bob Goodlatte (VA-6) 95%
Morgan Griffith (VA-9) 95%
Eric Cantor (VA-7) 90%
Randy Forbes (VA-4) 67%
Scott Rigell (VA-2) 67%
Rob Whittman (VA-1) 36%
Frank Wolf (VA-10) 33%
Gerry Connolly (VA-11) 10%
Jim Moran (VA-8) 0%
Bobby Scott (VA-3) 0%

As you can see, the only Virginia representatives who showed less fiscal restraint than Frank Wolf were the three Democrats; and you can also see that Frank Wolf’s voting record on these amendments is much closer to that of Gerry Connolly than to the majority of Virginia’s Republican House members.

Presumably Congressman Wolf had what were in his mind sound reasons to vote against 2/3 of the amendments to cut federal spending. Presumably he believes in his heart that the spending items he voted to maintain are worth our continued support. Unfortunately, Mr. Wolf seems to have lost sight of the fact that it is not “us” he is committing to pay for those federal programs, but our children and grandchildren – because “we” can’t afford them and “we” have, in fact, spent ourselves into a deficit of about $1.5 trillion.

Perhaps Mr. Wolf believes the federal spending he voted to preserve is inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. If so, he is tone-deaf to the message that voters attempted to send in the November 2010 elections.

It would appear that the next relevant question is: Who is lining up to vie for the Republican nomination for the 10th District congressional seat in 2012? Because the incumbent, Frank Wolf, has come out of the blocks with a blaring notice that he is planning to retire at the end of this term.