2014 Congressional Report Card

2014 Congressional Report Card

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Senate Ratings Key Issues

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Patrick Leahy (D-VT)A+

Senator Leahy is the sponsor of the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 and 2012. Leahy also sponsored the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2011, which requires the State Department to combat the trafficking of people around the globe.

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Lindsey Graham (R-SC)D-

Senator Graham is the sponsor of S. J. Res. 41, which expresses the sense of congress that Iran should comply with Security Council resolutions and the IAEA. It also states that the U.S. should prevent Iran from acquiring a nuke, yet does not condone the use of military force. Senator Graham also wrote an Op-Ed on Syria's humanitarian needs and Assad's deplorable violations of human rights.

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Jack Reed (D-RI)A+

Senator Reed is the Chairman of the subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and as such, fought to secure an increased budget for the EPA in the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

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Ron Wyden (D-OR)A+

Senator Wyden has co-authored a letter to former Egyptian President Morsi urging for action against weapon smuggling into Gaza; sponsored S. Res. 391 which condemns the Syrian Government's violence against journalists; and, presented a floor speech advocating for EPA clean air protections.

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Robert Menendez (D-NJ)A

Senator Menendez is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As such, he has sponsored numerous bills and amendments to promote democracy and freedom, stability in Syria, and preventing nuclear proliferation in North Korea. Additionally, he has sponsored several bills to end favorable treatment for the oil industry including S.2204, Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies.

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Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)A+

Senator Shaheen sponsored legislation that extends the Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa programs and a resolution in support of International Women's Day. Shaheen also spoke at the Disabilities Convention promoting protection for all people. She sponsored the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, which will spur the use of energy efficient technologies in residential, commercial, and industrial sectors in order to save money and lower consumption. In addition, Shaheen sponsored the Next Generation Cooperative Threat Reduction Act calling for a program related to nonproliferation efforts in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)A+

Senator Klobuchar spoke on the Senate floor in support of ratifying the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She is also the sponsor of the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act.

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Richard Durbin (D-IL)A+

Senator Durbin is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, which is responsible for the enforcement of constitutional, civil, and human rights law. He is also Co-Chair of Global AIDS Emergency Task Force, which helps to shape and strengthen global HIV/AIDS initiatives.

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Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)A+

Senator Blumenthal Co-Chairs the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking. He has championed women's rights, human rights, and increased humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees through letters and press conferences. He also vocalized his opposition to the Department of Defense's former contract with Rosoboronexport, the Russian manufacturer selling arms to the Syrian government, in a floor speech.

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Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)A+

Senator Whitehouse sponsored an amendment to the 2014 Budget Resolution that would have created a fee on carbon pollution and returned the revenue to the American people.

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Rob Portman (R-OH)D

Senator Portman is Co-Chair to the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking and U.S. Senate International Conservation Caucus. He has recently sponsored one bill focused on studying U.S. conservation programs, and another to improve the response to missing victims of child sex trafficking.

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Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)A+

Senator Cardin is an avid supporter of the values and ideals shared by Global Solutions Action Network. He is Co-Chair of the Helsinki Commission and therefore heavily involved in the formation of U.S. development policy regarding democracy, economics, security, and human rights. The Senator's sponsorship of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which seeks to sanction individuals responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture, or other gross violations of human rights in Russia, is a shining example of his commitment to promoting peace and adherence to international law.

Furthermore, Senator Ben Cardin has advocated strongly on the Senate floor for U.S. leadership in responding to mass atrocities and the need to ratify the Disability Treaty. Lastly, he has endorsed the establishment of a U.N. Parliamentary Assembly, which speaks volumes to Global Solution Action Network's most inherent ideals stemming from our World Federalist history.

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Jerry Moran (R-KS)D-

Senator Moran Co-Chairs the Senate Water Caucus, which identifies issues affecting water quantity and quality, as well as develops long-term strategies to ensure a sustainable water supply by exploring emerging technologies; financing options; best management practices; and conservation opportunities.

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Barbara Boxer (D-CA)A+

Senator Boxer is the Chairwoman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee. She's chaired joint subcommittee hearings on Russia's deteriorating human rights record and sent letters to Russian President Putin on these issues. She has authored and co-authored numerous other letters to officers voicing strong support for human rights. Senator Boxer also sponsored the Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act, legislation designed to expand scholarship opportunities for disadvantaged young women in Pakistan.

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House Ratings Key Issues

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Rick Larsen (D-WA)WA 02A+

Congressman Larsen has sponsored an amendment to increase the funding of New START by 70.5 million dollars.


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Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)KS 02D

Congresswoman Jenkins has circulated a Dear Colleagues in support of H.Res.109, which would condemn Iran for its persecution of religious minorities. She has also spoken on the House floor and written a letter to criticize Iran's religious persecutions.


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James McGovern (D-MA)MA 02A+

Congressman McGovern has an exceptional dedication to the values of Global Solution Action Network. As Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission he has spoken at various hearings regarding prisoners of conscience; gender-based violence; and refugees and internally displaced persons of numerous countries. Likewise, he has sponsored numerous bills and legislation to promote human rights, peace, and stability around the globe. Some of his most noteworthy sponsorships include H.R. 1692 Sudan Peace, Security and Accountability Act of 2013; H.R. 881 to ban the use of cluster munitions; H. Res. 418 to protect the Rohingya minority in Burma; and, the Afghanistan Combat Operations amendment to H.R. 1960 which ensured all Afghanistan combat troops are home by 2014.

Jim McGovern has furthermore devoted time to presenting speeches on the House floor to commemorate UN International Human Rights Day and at the NED on human rights and democracy in Bahrain. He has also authored various letters and Dear Colleagues in the interest of garnishing support for humanitarian aid in Syria; continuing UN High Commissioner of Human Rights mandates in Colombia and funding for UNHRO in Honduras, Mexico, and Columbia; Colure of Guantanamo Bay; and support of defeating the Lord's Resistance Army. The representative has additionally issued a report on the labor and human rights of Colombia entitled Failing on the Ground. Congressman Jim McGovern is a valued proponent of ensuring the United States plays a responsible and cooperative role in the world.


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Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)CT 03A+

Congresswoman DeLauro is the sponsor of an amendment that prohibits the purchase of equipment from Rosoboron, a Russian arms dealer selling missile defense batteries to the Assad regime.


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Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)OR 03A+

Congressman Blumenauer is the sponsor of End Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act of 2013 & 2012; Balancing Food, Farm, and the Environment Act of 2013; Water Trust Fund Act of 2013; H.R. 3733 Green 301 Act; Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013 & 2012; and, several amendments that would benefit conservation efforts and environmental quality. He has also written an Op-Ed on the pros of taking action to address climate change. The representative also spoke several times on the House floor advocating for diplomacy with Iran and refraining from invoking additional sanctions.


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John Sarbanes (D-MD)MD 03A+

Congressman Sarbanes has sponsored and hosted the annual Saint Andrew's Human Rights & Religious Freedom Reception for three years. This reception builds support to address the challenges of religious freedom and human rights.


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Niki Tsongas (D-MA)MA 03A+

Congresswoman Tsongas serves as the Democratic Co-Chair of the bipartisan Afghan Women's Task Force. As Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, she spoke at a hearing regarding women in Afghanistan. Tsongas also wrote an Op-Ed that outlines the necessity of protecting the gains made in women's rights.


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Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)AZ 03A-

Congressman Grijalva is Chairman of the Progressive Caucus and created a budget that increased the international affairs budget by $156.2 billion over 10 years. He also authored a letter to Secretary Kerry and Ambassador Rice to protect human rights and hold the International Community Accountable for their arms exports.


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David Price (D-NC)NC 04A+

Congressman David Price is Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the House Democracy Partnership, which promotes responsive, effective government and strengthens democratic institutions by assisting legislatures in emerging democracies. Price also authored Dear Colleagues and a letter to President Obama in support of nuclear negotiations with Iran and no additional sanctions until the diplomatic option is exhausted.


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Christopher Smith (R-NJ)NJ 04D+

Congressman Smith has sponsored bills that protect victims of trafficking including the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013 and Human Trafficking Prioritization Act. He is also the sponsor of the Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013, Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act of 2013, and Immediate Establishment of Syrian War Crimes Tribunal Resolution.


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Betty McCollum (D-MN)MN 04A+

Congresswoman McCollum is the Co-Chair of the Global Health Caucus and the International Conservation Caucus and, as such, sponsored the Global Food Security Act that directs the President to develop a comprehensive strategy focused on improving nutrition, agricultural development, and investments to strengthen local markets. She also presented a speech on the House floor on this act as well.


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Mike Thompson (D-CA)CA 05A-

Congressman Thompson is the sponsor of H.R. 2502, Renewable Energy Parity Act of 2013, and H.R. 6182, American Advanced Energy Manufacturing Jobs Act of 2012. Both Acts extend tax credits for the renewable energies industry.


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Bill Johnson (R-OH)OH 06D

Congressman Johnson is Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka. He has co-authored a Dear Colleagues to promote the official launch of this caucus and an Op-Ed speaking to the ethnic and religious strife in Sri Lanka. In addition, Representative Johnson spoke to the House on the plight of Sri Lankan human rights.


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Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)IL 08A+

Congresswoman Duckworth testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and made various statements throughout the year calling for ratification. She also spoke to promote international education for people with disabilities.


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David Reichert (R-WA)WA 08D+

Congressman Reichert sponsored the International Child Support Recovery Improvement Act of 2013, which would require the Health and Human Services Department to ensure U.S. compliance with multilateral treaties regarding child support.


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Adam Smith (D-WA)WA 09A+

Congressman Smith has sponsored legislation in the interest of closing Guantanamo Bay and additionally wrote an Op-Ed on the subject. He's also the sponsor of the Department of Defense Energy Security Act of 2011, which would mandate the U.S. military to make use of hybrid engine technologies.


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Stephen Cohen (D-TN)TN 09A+

Congressman Cohen has sponsored one amendment that required TransCanada to submit its oil spill response plan regarding the Keystone XL pipeline; and another to increase funding for the Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency Account by an equal reduction for nuclear weapons.


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Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)NJ 09A-

Congressman Pascrell introduced legislation that would facilitate the construction of offshore wind energy facilities.


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Janice Schakowsky (D-IL)IL 09A+

Congresswoman Schackowsky is the sponsor of H.R. 3571, International Violence Against Women Act of 2013, and H.R. 2539, Prioritizing Energy Efficient Renewables Act of 2013.


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George Miller (D-CA)CA 11B+

Congressman Miller is a strong advocate for labor rights in countries including Bangladesh and Colombia. He has authored letters and given floor speeches on the rights of these workers.


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Gerald Connolly (D-VA)VA 11A-

Congressman Connolly is the Co-Chair of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC). As such, he has sponsored several bills and amendments in support of increased clean energy funding and environmental protections. Representative Connolly is also sponsor to the Global Partnerships Act of 2013, which sets forth provisions regarding global poverty and related matters. Connolly has also co-authored a letter to former Egyptian President Morsi condemning a violation of freedom of association.


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Eliot Engel (D-NY)NY 16A+

Congressman Engel introduced legislation into the House Foreign Affairs Committee that continues the Unites States' commitment to HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and eradication around the world. He also co-authored a letter to the Appropriations Committee urging for funding for a U.S. program to combat tuberculosis worldwide. Engel is also the sponsor of H.R. 1327, the Free Syria Act, which calls for increased humanitarian support to civilians affected by the violence in Syria.


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Michael Honda (D-CA)CA 17A+

Congressman Honda authored various Op-Eds on climate change, world hunger, and promoting peace in conflict prone areas.


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Matthew Cartwright (D-PA)PA 17A+

Congressman Cartwright has sponsored of the FRESHER Act, CLEANER Act, and BREATHE Act all of which promote a cleaner and healthier environment through closing exemptions and loopholes for the oil and gas industries. He has also presented two floor speeches addressing climate change - the way forward and acknowledging the damage severe weather events have already caused in the U.S. Furthermore, Cartwright wrote an Op-Ed that exclaimed climate change as a threat on both the domestic and international front.


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Anna Eshoo (D-CA)CA 18A+

Congresswoman Eshoo is Co-Chair of the Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus and has sponsored H.R. 540, Energy Efficient Government Technologies.


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Christopher Gibson (R-NY)NY 19B

Congressman Gibson is an original sponsor of the International Violence Against Women Act.


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Sam Farr (D-CA)CA 20A+

Congressman Farr writes and circulates an annual letter that promotes the continued funding of Peace Corps. He has also authored a Dear Colleagues and letter to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemning the human rights situation in Honduras and calls for the exclusion of Honduras from the Organization of American States.


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Paul Tonko (D-NY)NY 20A-

Congressman Tonko is Co-Chair of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition. As such, he has sponsored numerous resolutions to promote more efficient and cleaner energy in addition to speaking frequently on the House floor urging congress to take stronger measures to address climate change. Likewise, he has written several Op-Eds addressing the dangers of climate change, ways to fund clean energy, and how green technology can help grow the economy.


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Richard Hanna (R-NY)NY 22B

Congressman Hanna is an original sponsor of the International Violence Against Women Act.


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Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)FL 23A-

Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz sponsored H. Res. 254, which recognizes the importance of addressing maternal and child malnutrition worldwide.


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Lois Capps (D-CA)CA 24A+

Congresswoman Capps sponsored two bills dealing with climate change - Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act; and the Costal State Climate Change Planning Act.


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Henry Waxman (D-CA)CA 33A+

Congressman Waxman Chairs the Safe Climate Caucus and, as such, has sponsored legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions, protect human health and the environment, and empower the EPA. Furthermore, he has written a letter to Appropriations advocating for the renewal of the Lautenberg Amendment, which helps protects religious minorities in Iran. Another letter by Waxman was sent to the Farm Bill Conferees in opposition to Anti-Hunger Program funding cuts.


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Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)TX 35A+

Congressman Doggett led a letter to President Obama opposing additional sanctions placed on Iran. Further, he has spoken on the House floor urging Congress to not impede diplomacy with Iran and wrote an Op-Ed in which he places his trust in American diplomacy.


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Edward Royce (R-CA)CA 39C

Congressman Royce is Co-Chair of the International Conservation Caucus and, as such, sponsored an amendment to the Farm Programs bill that would allow up to 45 percent of the funds authorized for international food aid to be used for assistance other than U.S. agricultural commodities. He is also Chairman of the House Foreign Relations committee and, in that role, has sponsored a number of bills and resolutions promoting a peaceful pathway to prevent a nuclear-capable Iran, containing North Korea thorough sanctions, and peace in Palestine. Royce has also authored Op-Eds and Dear Colleagues on the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, strengthening sanctions against North Korea, Vietnam human rights, and stopping international trafficking.


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Mark Takano (D-CA)CA 41A+

Congressman Takano has sponsored several amendments to the Energy-Water Appropriations bill in the interest of increasing funds for Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability and Efficiency while decreasing the funds for weapons activities.


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Maxine Waters (D-CA)CA 43A+

Congresswoman Waters authored a letter to the United Nations advocating for the eradication of cholera in Haiti. She also wrote a letter to Secretary of State Kerry advocating for U.S. assistance in organizing Haiti elections. Additionally, Waters has spoken on the House Floor in support of greater transparency in mineral extraction transactions.


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Juan Vargas (D-CA)CA 51A-

Congressman Vargas authored a Dear Colleagues on the elections in El Salvador applauding the development of democratic institutions and practices in the state. Vargas also introduced a bill to combat the trafficking and exploitation of children internationally and hosted a briefing on ways to combat child sex trafficking.


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Susan Davis (D-CA)CA 53A+

Congresswoman Davis authored a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Rand Beers calling for Temporary Protective Status for Filipinos in the US after Typhoon Haiyan. She also spoke in the House in support of U.S. aid to the Philippines.


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How Grades are Calculated

  • (A+)
    == Extra Credit is required to receive an A+
  • (A)
    == 100%
  • (A-)
    == 91% - 99%
  • (B+)
    == 82% - 90%
  • (B)
    == 73% - 81%
  • (B-)
    == 64% - 72%
  • (C+)
    == 55% - 63%
  • (C)
    == 46% - 54%
  • (C-)
    == 37% - 45%
  • (D)
    == 30% - 36%
  • (D-)
    == 20% - 29%
  • (F)
    == 0% - 19%

Legend

  • (+)
    == Voted as a Global Solutions supporter
  • (--)
    == Voted against a Global Solutions position
  • (S)
    == Speaker of the House
  • (A)
    == Absent or did not vote
  • (N)
    == Not a Member of Congress at time of vote
  • (I)
    == Insufficient votes to grade member of Congress
 

Key Global Votes of the 113th Congress

Click on "Senate Key Votes" or "House Key Votes" for a brief description of each bill, if Global Solutions Action Network supporters supported it, and whether the bill passed.