Civil and Human Rights Coalition Releases Scores for First Session of 115th Congress

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Shin Inouye, 202.869.0398, inouye@civilrights.org

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights released its vote ratings for every member of the first session of the 115th Congress. The Voting Record, which has scored every Congress since 1969, reflects positions taken by every senator and representative on the legislative priorities of The Leadership Conference and its more than 200 coalition members.

Members of Congress were graded on 23 House and 22 Senate votes taken from January through December 2017 addressing civil rights and consumer protections, education, health care, the budget, immigration, key judicial and executive branch nominations, criminal justice, and more. The Leadership Conference’s Voting Record is neither an endorsement nor condemnation of any member of Congress.

Overall, the ratings show that 181 House members and 45 senators supported The Leadership Conference’s priorities on 90 percent or more of the votes. The Leadership Conference will continue to score key civil rights votes of Congress to keep members accountable to the diverse communities they each represent.

“All members of Congress should be committed to the civil and human rights of the public and their constituents,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference. “This is especially true in a year like 2017 when we saw white supremacists marching in the streets and clear attacks on our fundamental freedoms. When we have a president who has a clear agenda to use his considerable power to roll back civil rights protections across the board, it is imperative that our lawmakers stand on the right side of history.”

To view The Leadership Conference’s Voting Record for the first session of the 115th Congress, click here.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.