NETWORK Lobby Releases Annual Catholic Social Justice Scorecard for Congress

For Immediate Release: January 26, 2021
Contact: Lee Morrow, lmorrow@networklobby.org, 202-601-7871 

NETWORK Lobby Releases Annual Catholic Social Justice Scorecard for Congress
Sr. Simone: “It was the year that ordinary workers were finally understood to be essential, and caregivers acknowledged as heroes.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice announced the release of its 2020 Catholic Social Justice Voting Record. This annual scorecard reflects how Members of Congress voted in accordance with the principles of Catholic Social Justice.

In 2020, the United States faced unprecedented threats to the health and well-being of our democracy, including the crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, and unprecedented attacks on democracy. Members of Congress had a moral responsibility to legislate with the best interests of our people at heart and prioritize addressing the racial disparities in the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, the Republican-led Senate failed in its duty to address the pandemic and provide a check on Donald Trump’s increasingly dangerous presidency. After an initial stimulus agreement, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell refused to pass further measures needed by workers and families. On the other side of the Capitol, House Democratic leadership passed robust coronavirus relief legislation and bills that move our country closer to being an inclusive democracy.

The votes NETWORK scored have real consequences. Each Senator and Representative’s score in this 2020 Congressional Voting Record is a reflection of their commitment to the well-being of our democracy and to protecting the lives of people and families.

Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice said:

“2020 exposed weaknesses in the fabric of our society and showed us which elected representatives were ready to answer the call to lead toward justice. It was the deadliest year in U.S. history with over 400,000 people dying of COVID-19 and hunger reached its highest recorded rate. It was the year that we saw a dangerous president test the strength of our democratic processes. And it was the year that ordinary workers were finally understood to be essential, and caregivers acknowledged as heroes.

“Every year, the Catholic Sisters and advocates of NETWORK score Members of Congress for their votes on legislation that we follow. Out of all the scorecards in my 16 years here, I believe that 2020’s voting record will be the most remembered. When future generations of Catholics look back to see how elected leaders responded to the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and Donald Trump’s crimes, this historical record will make it clear.

“When the most vulnerable people in our nation cried out for help, our 100%ers answered the call to vote for COVID-19 relief, higher wages, criminal justice reforms, voting rights, and more. They will be remembered for their commitment to the principles that lie at the heart of Catholic Social Justice. Those who chose party over country and blocked these measures will not be forgotten. I pray that in 2021, more members will end their obstruction and help our nation build anew.”

NETWORK Lobby scored 15 votes in 2020, 6 in the Senate and 9 in the House. NETWORK recommended 1 ‘No’ vote on the rushed confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett. NETWORK Lobby recommended 14 ‘Yes’ votes on bills that protected workers’ rights, provided robust COVID-19 relief, ensured protections for democracy, introduced criminal justice reforms, and supported both articles of impeachment against Donald Trump.

State delegations that received 100% on NETWORK’s voting record scorecard are: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

State delegations that received a failing score of a 70% average or lower are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,  Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

The Catholic Social Justice Voting Record and each Member’s score is online at: https://networklobby.org/votingrecord2020

Watch Catholic advocates around the country announce the scores of their Members of Congress on Facebook and YouTube at 3pm EST.

Below is the list of 100% voters from the House and Senate:

Alabama
Sen. Doug Jones (AL)
Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-7)

Arizona
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ)
Rep. Tom O’Halleran (AZ-1)
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-2)
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3)
Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7)
Rep. Greg Stanton (AZ-9)

California
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA)
Sen. Kamala Harris (CA)
Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-2)
Rep. John Garamendi (CA-3)
Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5)
Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-6)
Rep. Ami Bera (CA-7)
Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-9)
Rep. Josh Harder (CA-10)
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-14)
Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15)
Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16)
Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17)
Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-18)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)
Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21)
Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24)
Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26)
Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27)
Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28)
Rep. Tony Cárdenas (CA-29)
Rep. Brad Sherman (CA-30)
Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-32)
Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33)
Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)
Rep. Norma Torres (CA-35)
Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)
Rep. Lisa Sánchez (CA-38)
Rep. Gil Cisneros (CA-39)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA- 40)
Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41)
Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43)
Rep. Nanette Barragán (CA-44)
Rep. Katie Porter (CA-45)
Rep. Lou Correa (CA-46)
Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
Rep. Harley Rouda (CA-48)
Rep. Mark Levin (CA-49
Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51)
Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52)
Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53)

Colorado
Sen. Michael Bennett (CO)
Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-1)
Rep. Joe Neguse (CO-2)
Rep. Jason Crow (CO-6)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-7)

Connecticut
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT)
Sen. Chris Murphy (CT)
Rep. John Larson (CT-1)
Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-2)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-3)
Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4)
Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT-5)

Delaware
Sen. Tom Carper (DE)
Sen. Christopher Coons (DE)
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE at Large)

Florida
Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5)
Rep. Darren Soto (FL-9)
Rep. Val Demings (FL-10)
Rep. Charlie Crist (FL-13)
Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14)
Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL-20)
Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-21)
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Scultz (FL-23)
Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24)
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26)
Rep. Donna Shalala (FL-27)

Georgia
Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-2)
Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-4)
Rep. John Lewis (GA-5)
Rep. David Scott (GA-13)

Hawaii
Sen. Mazie Hirono (HI)
Sen. Brian Schatz (HI)
Rep. Ed Case (HI-1)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2)

Illinois
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (IL)
Sen. Dick Durbin (IL)
Rep. Bobby Rush (IL-1)
Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2)
Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3)
Rep. Jerry Garcia (IL-4)
Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-5)
Rep. Sean Casten (IL-6)
Rep. Danny K. Davis (IL-7)
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-8)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9)
Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10)
Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11)
Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14)
Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17)

Indiana
Rep. Pete Visclosky (IN-1)
Rep. André Carson (IN-7)

Iowa
Rep. Dave Loebsack (IA-2)

Kentucky
Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-3)

Louisiana
Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA-2)

Maine
Sen. Angus King (ME)
Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-1)

Maryland
Sen. Ben Cardin (MD)
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (MD)
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2)
Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-3)
Rep. Anthony G. Brown (MD-4)
Rep. Steny Hoyer (MD-5)
Rep. David Trone (MD-6)
Rep. Kweisi Mfume (MD-7)
Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8)

Massachusetts
Sen. Ed Markey (MA)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA)
Rep. Richard Neal (MA-1)
Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-2)
Rep. Lori Trahan (MA-3)
Rep. Joe Kennedy (MA-4)
Rep. Katherine Clark (MA-5)
Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-6)
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-7)
Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (MA-8)
Rep. Bill Keating (MA-9)

Michigan
Sen. Gary Peters (MI)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI)
Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-5)
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-8)
Rep. Andy Levin (MI-9)
Rep. Haley Stevens (MI-11)
Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12)
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13)
Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)

Minnesota
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN)
Sen. Tina Smith (MN)
Rep. Angie Craig (MN-2)
Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-3)
Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-4)
Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-5)

Mississippi
Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS-2)

Missouri
Rep. Lacy Clay (MO-1)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5)

Montana
Sen. Jon Tester (MT)

Nevada
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (NV)
Sen. Jacky Rosen (NV)
Rep. Dina Titus (NV-1)
Rep. Susie Lee (NV-3)
Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-4)

New Hampshire
Sen. Maggie Hassan (NH)
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-1)
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2)

New Jersey
Sen. Cory Booker (NJ)
Sen. Bob Menendez (NJ)
Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-1)
Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-3)
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5)
Rep. Frank Pallone (NJ-6)
Rep. Tom Malinowski (NJ-7)
Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-8)
Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ-9)
Rep. Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11)
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)

New Mexico
Sen. Martin Heinrich (NM)
Sen. Tom Udall (NM)
Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-1)
Rep. Ben Ray Luján (NM-3)

New York
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY)
Rep. Thomas Suozzi (NY-3)
Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-4)
Rep. Gregory Meeks (NY-5)
Rep. Grace Meng (NY-6)
Rep. Nadia Velázquez (NY-7)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8)
Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-9)
Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY-10)
Rep. Max Rose (NY-11)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)
Rep. José E. Serrano (NY-15)
Rep. Eliot Engel (NY-16)
Rep. Nita Lowey (NY-17)
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19)
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20)
Rep. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22)
Rep. Joseph Morelle (NY-25)
Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26)

North Carolina
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC-1)
Rep. David Price (NC-4)
Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12)

Ohio
Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH)
Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-3)
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)
Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11)
Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13)

Oregon
Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR)
Sen. Ron Wyden (OR)
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)
Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-4)

Pennsylvania
Rep. Brendan Boyle (PA-2)
Rep. Dwight Evans (PA-3)
Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-4)
Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-5)
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6)
Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-8)
Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-18)

Rhode Island
Sen. Jack Reed (RI)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
Rep. David Cicilline (RI-1)
Rep. James Langevin (RI-2)

South Carolina
Rep. James Clyburn (SC-6)

Tennessee
Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5)
Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-9)

Texas
Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (TX-7)
Rep. Al Green (TX-9)
Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (TX-15)
Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
Rep. Sylvia Garcia (TX-29)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Rep. Colin Allred (TX-32)
Rep. Marc Veasey (TX-33)
Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)

Vermont
Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT)
Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL)

Virginia
Sen. Tim Kaine (VA)
Sen. Mark Warner (VA)
Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-3)
Rep. Donald McEachin (VA-4)
Rep. Don Beyer (VA-8)
Rep. Jennifer Wexton (VA-10)
Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11)

Washington
Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA)
Sen. Patty Murray (WA)
Rep. Susan DelBene (WA-1)
Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-2)
Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6)
Rep. Kim Schrier (WA-8)
Rep. Adam Smith (WA-9)
Rep. Denny Heck (WA-10)

West Virginia
Sen. Joe Manchin (WV)

Wisconsin
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (WI)
Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2)
Rep. Ron Kind (WI-3)
Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-4)

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NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice – advocates for justice inspired by Catholic Sisters – educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation. They have a nearly 50-year track record of lobbying for critical federal programs that support those at the margins and prioritize the common good. www.networklobby.org