“Underwood also emphasized her role as a bipartisan congresswoman who can appeal to a variety of voters. She said many Trump supporters voted for her in 2018, and hopes to continue that trend.”
From Daily Northwestern article covering Lauren Underwood in Evanston on 2/18/20
Throughout her time in office, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood has attempted to emphasize her accomplishments, and House actions she’s supported, are “bipartisan”. McHenry County Blog going back to last summer, has consistently questioned Underwood’s voting record, based on the votes themselves, are significantly partisan.
And when addressing the Leftist organization Indivisible’s Evanston chapter back in late February, Underwood revealed how she would attempt to “sell” her reelection bid as someone who’s bipartisan.
Whether the record says she’s bipartisan is inconsequential. Underwood and her Leftist allies will say it to 14th district voters in order to convince electors she should be elected to a 2nd term over Republican nominee Jim Oberweis.
As shared in multiple articles going back nearly a year, Underwood has one of the most liberal voting records of all of the freshmen in the House, according to the UCLA Voteview project. Among freshmen, she’s #2 most liberal, and overall in the 116th Congress, she’s ranked #15 through last Friday’s vote on the HEROES Act.
Last week, The Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, issued its Bipartisan Rankings for the first year of the 116th Congress. The Lugar/Georgetown partnership has issued its rankings since the turn of the century, and last week’s rankings are based on legislation sponsored and cosponsored by members of the House during 2019.
Basically, if a member of Congress sponsors legislation, the cosponsors from the opposite party rates the legislation as bipartisan. Additionally, if a member cosponsors another member’s legislation of the opposite party would be counted positively in the metrics. Through indexing, a ranking is determined.
The metrics do not take into consideration if legislation passes or ever leaves committee.
For 2019 legislation, 437 members of the House were ranked, excluding Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.
According to Lugar/Georgetown, Underwood ranks number 344 out of 437 members who were ranked.
Put another way, over three quarter of the House of Representatives is more “bipartisan” than Underwood.
Underwood is not bipartisan in spite of her words to the contrary.
Here are the 2019 bills sponsored by Underwood contributing to her 344th bipartisan rank:
|H.R. 1757||Raise State and Local Taxes (SALT) Deductions Limits||20||0|
|H.R. 1868||Reforms to Affordable Care Act||39||0|
|H.R. 2005||Women’s Retirement Protection Act||3||0|
|H.R. 2372||Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency||1||0|
|H.R. 2401||American Cures Act||1||0|
|H.R. 3525||U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act||21||0|
|H.R. 3526||Counter Terrorist Network Act||1||1|
|H.R. 3636||Caring For Our Women Veterans Act||5||0|
|H.R. 3819||Climate and Health Protection Act||30||0|
|H.R. 3932||Veterans Preventative Health Coverage Fairness Act||36||5|
|H.R. 4240||File Once FAFSA Act||2||0|
|H.R. 4241||Student Loan Contract Act||2||0|
|H.R. 4281||Access to Contraception Expansion for Veterans Act||3||0|
|H.R. 4282||Veterans Colunseling||1||0|
|H.R. 4457||Chronic Condition Copay Elimination Act||12||0|
|H.R. 5444||Lower Insulin Costs Now Act||6||4|
Out of the 16 bills Underwood sponsored in 2019, only a quarter had any level of cosponsorship from a Republican in the House.
Here is a listing of bills Underwood cosponsored which were sponsored by Republican members of the House:
|H.R. 4870||U.S. Public Health Service Modernization Act|
|H.R. 4194||National Suicide Hotline Designation Act|
|H.R. 4056||Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act|
|H.R. 3824||Cahokia Mounds Mississippian Culture National Historical Park Act|
|H.R. 3246||Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act|
|H.R. 3245||Restore the Harmony Way Bridge Act|
|H.R. 3183||Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters|
|H.R. 2442||Puppy Protection Act|
|H.R. 2435||Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors|
|H.R. 2431||Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act|
|H.R. 2322||Accelerated Payments for Small Businesses Act|
|H.R. 1975||Cybersecurity Advisory Committee Authorization Act|
|H.R. 1824||Mary Jo Lawyer Spano Mesothelioma Patient Registry Act|
|H.R. 1781||Payment Commission Data Act|
|H.R. 1766||College Transparency Act|
|H.R. 1058||Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act|
|H.R. 1002||WOOF! Act|
|H.R. 728||Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act|
|H.R. 555||Disability Integration Act|
|H.R. 500||Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act|
|H.R. 499||Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act|
|H.R. 141||Social Security Fairness Act|
The 22 bills Underwood cosponsored is out of a total of 216 bills introduced and cosponsored by her in 2019, which contributed to her ranking. Of the bills she cosponsored in 2019, a little over 10% were sponsored by Republicans.
These metrics alone place Underwood in a dubious standing with mainstream voters in the light of the truth of her claims she’s a “bipartisan congresswoman”.
Combined with her voting record and the bulk of bills which passed the House with her votes are partisan, not bipartisan, one can only lead to local Republicans and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and other Republican-allied groups to add a new hashtag in social media to distinguish Underwood’s claims from the truth: #FakeBipartisan.
- Lugar Center/Georgetown 5/12/20 press release: https://www.thelugarcenter.org/newsroom-pressreleases-73.html
- House Rankings 2019: https://www.thelugarcenter.org/ourwork-Bipartisan-Index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=20abfc4c-e01c-49d2-8a26-5d420d4918fb