U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings got a grade of zero on his 2011 voting record on legislation that affects retirees, according to grades released Wednesday by the Alliance for Retired Americans.
The Alliance, a grassroots advocacy organization made up of mostly former trade union workers, followed 10 pieces of legislation in the House ranging from health care reform and Social Security to Medicare to housing assistance programs for seniors.
Hastings, R-Pasco, voted against the preferred choices of the nonprofit in each instance, such as supporting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and bills that would privatize Medicare and raise the retirement age for Social Security.
The three House bills the organization encouraged "yes" votes on -- HRs 1315 and 830, and House Joint Resolution 48 -- were all introduced by Democrats. The seven bills they encouraged "no" votes on -- and that Hastings voted "yes" on -- were introduced by Republicans.
Hastings has a 7 percent lifetime voting rating from the Alliance for Retired Americans, which was founded in 2001. Fellow Washington state Republican Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dave Reichert also received grades of zero in 2011.
The state's two Democratic U.S. senators received grades of 90 percent, and four out of five Washington Democrats in the House received grades of 90 or better. Former congressman and leading Democratic candidate for governor Jay Inslee received a grade of 80 percent.
The grades for all members of Congress can be found at retiredamericans.org .