NETWORK Lobby Releases Annual Catholic Social Justice Scorecard for Congress

For Immediate Release: February 3, 2020
Contact: Lee Morrow, lmorrow@networklobby.org, 202-601-7871

NETWORK Lobby Releases Annual Catholic Social Justice Scorecard for Congress
Sr. Simone: “The Democrat-led House has paved the way for the economic and social transformation that our nation so desperately needs.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice announced the release of its 2019 Catholic Social Justice Voting Record. This annual scorecard reflects how Members of Congress voted in accordance with Catholic Social Justice and evaluates if they worked to mend the gaps in income and wealth inequality.

Unfortunately, it was impossible to create a NETWORK Congressional voting record for the Senate’s work in 2019. While the House passed more than 400 bills, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell chose to bury almost all of this legislation. It is unprecedented to see such a dearth of substantive legislative activity in the Senate. We regret that the Senate did not cast enough votes on legislation this year to compile an adequate voting record.

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

“The Democrat-led House has paved the way for the economic and social transformation that our nation so desperately needs. The House has passed bills that support employment rights, reduce drug prices, protect Dreamers, and secure our democracy. If passed into law, these bills will help create a society that faithfully promotes justice and the dignity of all.

“NETWORK members across the country mobilized in support of the legislation we scored in our 2019 Catholic Social Justice Voting Record. All of these bills, no matter how much support they received, were buried in Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate graveyard.

“The Senate is broken, and only a change in leadership can fix it. That’s why NETWORK will mobilize our Catholic membership in 2020 to elect new leaders who support economic justice. We know the path forward. The only way to see it through is to vote.”

In 2019, NETWORK Lobby prioritized the most important votes from the past year that fit with its 2020 policy vision to Mend the Gaps. NETWORK Lobby scored 10 votes in the House. We recommended 10 ‘Yes’ votes on bills that support LGBTQ+ rights, reduce drug prices, protect Dreamers, and secure our democracy.

Last year, 4 state delegations received perfect Catholic Social Justice voting scores: Connecticut, Hawaii, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Every single House member from these states voted 100% of the time in accordance with NETWORK Lobby’s Catholic Social Justice values.

There were also 3 states that had their entire delegations fail their Catholic Social Justice Scorecards, receiving scores below 70% in 2019. Every single member of the Arkansas, Nebraska, and West Virginia delegations consistently voted against the recommendation of the Catholic Sisters and activists of NETWORK Lobby.

NETWORK members all around the country will be contacting their members regarding their 2019 Catholic Social Justice Scores.

The voting record and each member’s score is online at www.networklobby.org/votingrecord2019pdf

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

Alabama
Rep. Terri A. Sewell (AL-7)

Arizona
Rep. Tom O’Halleran (AZ-1)
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-2)
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (AZ-3)
Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7)
Rep. Greg Stanton (AZ-9)

California
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. Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)
Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-14)
Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15)
Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16)
Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17)
Rep. Anna G. 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 B. Schiff (CA-28)
Rep. Brad Sherman (CA-30)
Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31)
Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32)
Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)
Rep. Norma J. Torres (CA-35)
Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)
Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (CA-38)
Rep. Gil Cisneros (CA-39)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)
Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41)
Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43)
Rep. Katie Porter (CA-45)
Rep. Lou Correa (CA-46)
Rep. Harley Rouda (CA-48)
Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49)
Rep. Juan C. Vargas (CA-51)
Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52)
Rep. Susan A. Davis (CA-53)

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

Connecticut
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-1)
Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-2)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-3)
Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4)
Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT-5)

Delaware
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE at Large)

Florida
Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5)
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-7)
Rep. Darren Soto (FL-9)
Rep. Val B. Demings (FL-10)
Rep. Charlie Crist (FL-13)
Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14)
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20)
Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-21)
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23)
Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24)
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26)
Rep. Donna E. Shalala (FL-27)

Georgia
Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-2)
Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-4)
Rep. John Lewis (GA-5)
Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-6)
Rep. David Scott (GA-13)

Hawaii
Rep. Ed Case (HI-1)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2)

Illinois
Rep. Bobby L. Rush (IL-1)
Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2)
Rep. Daniel Lipinski (IL-3)
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. Andre Carson (IN-7)

Iowa
Rep. Abby Finkenauer (IA-1)
Rep. Dave Loebsack (IA-2)
Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-3)

Kansas
Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-3)

Kentucky
Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-3)

Louisiana
Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (LA-2)

Maryland
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2)
Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-3)
Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5)
Rep. David Trone (MD-6)

Massachusetts
Rep. Richard E. Neal (MA-1)
Rep. Lori Trahan (MA-3)
Rep. Katherine M. Clark (MA-5)
Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-6)
Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (MA-8)
Rep. William Keating (MA-9)

Michigan
Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-5)
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-8)
Rep. Haley Stevens (MI-11)
Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12)
Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)

Minnesota
Rep. Angie Craig (MN-2)
Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-3)
Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-4)
Rep. Collin C. Peterson (MN-7)

Mississippi
Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS-2)

Missouri
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (MO-5)

Nevada
Rep. Dina Titus (NV-1)
Rep. Susie Lee (NV-3)
Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-4)

New Hampshire
Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-1)
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2)

New Jersey
Rep. Jeff Van Drew (NJ-2)
Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-3)
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5)
Rep. Tom Malinowski (NJ-7)
Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-8)
Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. (NJ-10)
Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11)

New Mexico
Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-1)
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (NM-3)

New York
Rep. Tom Suozzi (NY-3)
Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-4)
Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (NY-5)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8)
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-10)
Rep. Max Rose (NY-11)
Rep. Jose E. Serrano (NY-15)
Rep. Nita M. Lowey (NY-17)
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19)
Rep. Joseph D. Morelle (NY-25)
Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26)

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

Ohio
Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-3)
Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13)

Oregon
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)

Pennsylvania
Rep. Brendan F. 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. Susan Wild (PA-7)
Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-8)
Rep. Conor Lamb (PA-17)
Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-18)

Rhode Island
Rep. David Cicilline (RI-1)
Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-2)

South Carolina
Rep. James E. 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. Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15)
Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Rep. Sylvia R. 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
Rep. Peter Welch (VT at Large)

Virginia
Rep. Elaine Luria (VA-2)
Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-7)
Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr. (VA-8)
Rep. Jennifer Wexton (VA-10)
Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11)

Washington
Rep. Suzan 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)

Wisconsin
Rep. Ron Kind (WI-3)
Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-4)

No Longer in Congress
Former California Rep. Katie Hill (CA-25)
Former Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-7)

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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