A group called the Sergeant Shriver National Center on Poverty Law has developed what it calls a “scorecard” on support of government programs to fight poverty.
I found out by reading Diane Novak’s article,
“Congress’ strong polarization clear in poverty scorecard.”
It links to the following chart:
An explanation of the bills is at the bottom of this post.
The best grade was received by a Republican went to Mark Kirk for his votes as a member of the House of Representatives. He got a “C.”
Don Manzullo received a “D.”
Melissa Bean got an “A.”
In fact, the worst a Democrat received was an “A,” which makes me think that the issues selected may have screened out any vote on which a Democrat might have scored poorly.
There is another comparison I’d like to see.
Call it a “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” scorecard.
Let me see a chart showing the percentage of household income that each Member of Congress contributes to his/her church and other charities.
Needless to say, Republicans don’t do well on this comparison. The votes used in this tally follow:
- 1Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment [H.R. 2847]
- 2Amendment to Place Spending Caps on Discretionary Funding [S. Amdt. 3337 to H.R. 4213]
- 3Amendment Extending Funding for TANF jobs program [S. Amdt. 3356 to H.R. 4213]
- 4Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010 [H.R. 4213]
- 5Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 [H.R. 4872]
- 6The Continuing (Unemployment Compensation) Extension Act of 2010 [H. R. 4851]
- 7Amendment to Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 [S Amdt. 3826 to S. 3217]
- 8Motion to Exempt Car Dealers from New Consumer Protections [S. vote 163 on H.R. 4173]
- 9Amendment creating Office of Homeowner Advocate [S. Amdt. 4311 to H.R. 4213]
- 10The Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act [H.R. 1586]
- 11Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act [S. 3816]
- 12Paycheck Fairness Act [S. 3772]
- 13Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 [H.R. 4853]
- 14The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2010 [H.R. 5281]
- 1Resolution expressing Support for Designation of January as Poverty in America Awareness Month [H. Res. 1024]
- 2Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment [H.R. 2847]
- 3Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 [H.R. 4872]
- 4Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [H.R. 3590]
- 5Disaster Relief and Summer Jobs Act [H.R. 4899]
- 6Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act [H.R. 4849]
- 7The Continuing (Unemployment Compensation) Extension Act of 2010 [H. R. 4851]
- 8Rural Housing Preservation and Stabilization Act of 2010 [H.R. 5017]
- 9Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010 [H.R. 4213]
- 10Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2011 [H.R. 5850]
- 11The Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act [H.R. 1586]
- 12Rural Energy Savings Program Act [H.R. 4785]
- 13Medical Debt Relief Act of 2009 [H.R. 3421]
- 14Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 [S. 3307]
- 15The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2010 [H.R. 5281]
- 16Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 [H.R. 4853]
Thanks to Dave Diersen’s GOPUSA Illinos for pointing me to this story.
Republicans don’t care about fighting poverty.
In fact, Republicans would rather that poor people die and reduce the surplus population! And they wonder what’s taking them so long to do so. Better cut poverty programs again.