CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS MONITOR REPORT CARD: OCTOBER 2008

I missed putting this up a few months ago, but, better late than never.

For those of you who wonder how your Congresswomen and men stand on issues that are of importance to you, as well as issues you would not touch with a thirty-two-and-a-half-foot pole, here is the Black Agenda report on how the Congressional Black Caucus who supposedly are to represent and speak for Black Americans, either make the grade, or fall down abysmally.

The report also rates members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus.

The CBC report card for the First Session of the 111th Congress, ending October 15, 2008, produces a report-card style rating on the performance evaluations of the Congressional Black Caucus from a distinctly Black American point-of-view. Just where the hell is the CBC on Somalia? The Afro-Bolivians? Afro-Brazilians of the favelas? The Afro-Ecuadorans? Afro-Mexicans? Lobbying for the return of American jobs to this country’s shores? Attacking the pernicious effects of the wealth gap?

Here is an excerpt of the report:

 

“Out of 37 members evaluated in the Black Caucus, eight scored 87.5%; one member scored 81.25% and earned a rating of “Consensus,” 20 members scored 60-70% and earned “Underachiever” status. The remaining 22% scored “Derelict.”  Not surprisingly, the vote on the Wall Street bailout significantly lowered the scores of some representatives who otherwise might have scored much higher, while elevating the scores of a few others.”

Read the report to see how your representatives rate.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2008
by Leutisha Stills and the CBC Monitor Teamcbc

For a copy of this report card in ,PDF format, click here.

Since 2005, CBC Monitor has produced report-card style performance evaluations of the Congressional Black Caucus from an African American point of view.  This is the CBC Report card for the First Session of the 111th Congress, ending October 15, 2008.

 

We usually compile and publish the report card in early and mid-September.  But the shocking and unprecedented trillion dollar chunk of corporate welfare which Wall Street speculators and bankers obtained for themselves over the last few weeks, thanks to craven and corrupt Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate forced us to revise our calculations and include the so-called Wall Street bailout legislation in this issue of the CBC Monitor Report Card.  It was really that important.  The amount expended in the bailout of Lehman Brothers alone, not the largest investment bank on Wall Street, would have been sufficient to guarantee the solvency of the Social Security program for decades to come.  Future expenditures for a galaxy of human, housing, educational, infrastructure and job creation needs are seriously imperiled by this bailout, while absolutely no measures have yet been enacted to renegotiate mortgages, to lift wages, or to relieve millions of families from the crushing burden of debt.

 

As usual, the other legislation our report focused upon included a mix of domestic bills, along with continued funding of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

 

 A clear majority of Americans, and an even larger proportion of African Americans have indicated that they favor more funding for human needs, job creation, infrastructure and the like at home rather than continuing to spend more on arms and the military than the rest of the planet’s nations combined.  We also included in the performance evaluation some representative legislation on the government’s illegitimate powers to harass dissenters, to conduct warrantless surveillance, and to label persons as “enemy combatants” and/or “terrorists’ without evidence or due process, along with anti-discrimination legislation.

 

Out of 37 members evaluated in the Black Caucus, eight scored 87.5%; one member scored 81.25% and earned a rating of “Consensus,” 20 members scored 60-70% and earned “Underachiever” status. The remaining 22% scored “Derelict.”  Not surprisingly, the vote on the Wall Street bailout significantly lowered the scores of some representatives who otherwise might have scored much higher, while elevating the scores of a few others.

 

OCTOBER 2008 SCORES AND STATUS

FOR MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS

cong_sanford_bishop

Bishop, Sanford

GA, 2nd

Score: 50%

Status: Derelict

F

cong_butterfield

Butterfield, G. K.

NC, 1st

Score: 75%

Status: Underachiever

C+

cong_corrine_brown 

Brown, Corrine

FL, 3rd

Score: 50%

Status: Derelict

F

cong_yvette_clark

Clarke, Yvette

NY, 12th

Score: 75%

Status: Underachiever

C+

cong_william_lacy_clay

Clay, William. “Lacy”

MO, 1st

Score: 87.5%

Status: Consensus

B+

cong_emmanuel_cleaver

Cleaver, Emmanuel

MO, 5th

Score: 62.5%

Status: Underachiever

D

cong_james_clyburn

Clyburn, James

SC, 6th

Score: 50%

Status: Derelict

F

cong_john_conyers

Conyers, John

MI, 14th

Score: 87.5%

Status: Consensus

B+

cong_elijah_cumming

Cummings, Elijah

MD, 7th

Score: 68.75%

Status: Underachiever

D+

cong_artur_davis

Davis, Artur

AL, 7th

Score: 50%

Status: Derelict

F

cong_danny_k_davis

Davis, Danny

IL, 7th

Score: 75%

Status: Underachiever

C+

cong_keith_ellison

Ellison, Keith

MN, 5th

Score: 75%

Status: Underachiever

C

cong_chakah_fattah

Fattah, Chaka

A, 2nd

Score: 62.5%

Status: Underachiever

D

cong_al_green

Green, Al

TX, 9th

Score: 62.5%

Status: Underachiever

D+

cong_alcee_hastings

Hastings, Alcee

FL, 23rd

Score: 50%

Status: Derelict

F

cong_jesse_jackson-jr

Jackson, Jesse Jr.

IL, 2nd

Score: 87.5%

Status: Consensus

B+

cong_sheila_jackson_lee

Jackson-Lee, Sheila

TX, 18th

Score: 87.5%

Status: Consensus

B+

cong_william_jefferson

Jefferson, William

LA, 2nd

Score: 87.5%

Status: Consensus

B+

cong_eddie_berneice_johnson

Johnson, Eddie Bernice

TX, 30th

Score: 62.5%

Status: Underachiever

D

cong_hank_johnson

Johnson, Hank

GA, 4th

Score: 87.5%

Status: Consensus

B+

cong_carolyn_kilpatrick

Kilpatrick, Carolyn

MI, 13th

Score: 62.5%

Status: Underachiever

D

cong_barbara_lee

Lee, Barbara

CA, 9th

Score: 87.5%

Status: Consensus

B+

cong_john_lewis

Lewis, John

GA, 5th

Score: 87.5%

Status: Consensus

B+

cong_kendrick_meek

Meek, Kendrick

FL, 17th

Score: 62.5%

Status: Underachiever

D

cong_greg_meeks

Meeks, Gregory

NY, 6th

Score: 56.25%

Status: Derelict

F

cong_gwen_moore

Moore, Gwen

WI, 4th

Score: 75%

Status: Underachiever

C+

cong_charlie_rangel

Rangel, Charles

NY, 15th

Score: 75%

Status: Underachiever

C+

cong_laura_richardson

Richardson, Laura

CA, 37th

Score: 50%

Status: Derelict

F

cong_bobby_rush

Rush, Bobby

IL, 1st

Score: 68.5%

Status: Underachiever

D

cong_david_scott

Scott, David

GA, 13th

Score: 62%

Status: Underachiever

D

cong_bobby_scott

Scott, Robert “Bobby”

VA, 3rd

Score: 87%

Status: Consensus

B+

cong_bennie_thompson

Thompson, Bennie

MS, 2nd

Score: 75%

Status: Underachiever

C+

cong_ed_towns

Towns, Edolphus

NY, 10th

62.5%

Underachiever

D

cong_maxine_waters

Waters, Maxine

CA, 35th

Score: 75%

Status: Underachiever

C+

cong_diane_watson

Watson, Diane

CA, 33rd

Score: 68.75%

Status: Underachiever

D

cong_mel_watt

Watt, Melvin

NC, 12th

Score: 62.5%

Status: Underachiever

D

 

This is the list of votes CBC Monitor used to compile this evaluation.

·         HR 1424 – Emergency Economic Supplemental Act of 2008 – included additional “pork” spending, increasing the original price tag from $700 Billion to $840 Billion Dollars.

·         HR 3997 – Amended Version of Emergency Economic Supplemental Act of 2008 – without the “pork” – orig. tag of $700 billion dollars.

·         HR 2634 – Jubilee Act for Responsible Lending and Expanded Debt Collection Act

·         HR 5658 – Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2009

·         HR 6304 – FISA Amendment Act of 2008

·         HR 6275 – Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008

·         HR 5244 – Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2008

·         HR 7060 – Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008

Proportionally, the spread of votes, and the trends in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are roughly comparable to those in the Congressional Black Caucus on the bills used to construct this evaluation.  New York’s Rep. Jose Serrano has the honor of achieving the highest rating in our index of any member of the 118th Congress, a perfect score.

 

OCTOBER 2008 CBC MONITOR SCORES AND STATUS

FOR MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS

cong_joe_baca

Baca, Joe

CA, 43rd

Score: 62.5%

Status:  Underachiever

D

cong_xavier_bercerra

Becerra, Xavier

CA, 31st

Score:  87.5%

Status:  Consensus

B

cong_dennis_cardoza

Cardoza, Dennis

CA, 18th

Score: 50%
Status:  Derelict

F

cong_jim_costa

Costa, Jim

CA, 20th

Score: 50%
Status:  Derelict

F

cong_henry_cuellar

Cuellar, Henry

TX, 28th

Score: 62.5% Status:  Underachiever

D

cong_charles_gonzalez

Gonzalez, Charles

TX, 20th

Score: 62.5% Status:  Underachiever

D

cong_raul_grijalva

Grijalva, Raul

AZ, 7th

Score: 87.5% Status:  Consensus

B

cong_luis_gutierrez

Gutierrez, Luis

IL, 4th

Score: 50%
Status:  Derelict

F

cong_ruben_hinojosa

Hinojosa, Ruben

CA, 18th

Score: 50%
Status:  Derelict

F

cong_grace_napalitano

Napolitano, Grace

CA, 38th

Score: 87.5% Status:  Consensus

B

cong_solomon_ortiz

Ortiz, Solomon

TX, 27th

Score: 62.5% Status:  Underachiever

D

cong_ed_pastor

Pastor, Ed

AZ, 4th

Score: 62.5% Status:  Underachiever

D

cong_silvestre_reyes

Reyes, Silvestre

TX, 17th

Score: 50%
Status:  Derelict

F

cong_ciro_rodriguez

Rodriguez, Ciro

TX, 23rd

Score: 75% Status:  Underachiever

C+

cong_roybald-allard

Roybal-Allard, Lucille

CA, 34th

Score: 75% Status:  Underachiever

C+

cong_john_salazar

Salazar, John

CO, 3rd

Score: 75% Status:  Underachiever

C

cong_linda_sanchez

Sanchez, Linda

CA, 39th

Score: 87.5% Status:  Consensus

B+

cong_loretta_sanchez

Sanchez, Loretta

CA, 47th

Score: 87.5% Status:  Consensus

B+

cong_jose_serrano

Serrano, Jose

NY, 16th

Score: 100% Status:  Honor Society

A+

cong_albio_sires

Sires, Albio

NJ, 13th

Score: 50%
Status:  Derelict

F

cong_hilda_solis

Solis, Hilda

CA, 32th

Score: 75% Status:  Underachiever

C+

cong_nydia_velasquez

Velazquez, Nydia

NY, 12th

Score: 75% Status:  Underachiever

C+

 

OCTOBER 2008 SCORES AND STATUS

FOR MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER CAUCUS

The House Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus consists of only five members, perhaps too small a sample to be significant for comparative purposes.  Their scores on our scale mark them uniformly as underachievers.

cong_neil_abercrombie

Abercrombie, Neil

HA, 1st

Score: 75% Status:  Underachieve

C+

cong_mazie_hirono

Hirono, Mazie

HA, 2nd

Score: 75% Status:  Underachieve

C+

cong_mike_honda

Honda, Mike

CA, 15th

Score: 75% Status:  Underachiever

D

cong_doris_matsui

Matsui, Doris

CA, 5th

Score:  75% Status:  Underachiever

D

cong_david_wu

Wu, David

OR, 1st

Score: 75% Status:  Underachiever

C

Last year CBC Monitor began including in the semi-annual report cards evaluations of members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) , as well as evaluations of the 28 other districts in which African Americans make up a quarter or more of the population.  Those scores will be issued in December or January, and thereafter with our September and April report cards.

SOURCE:  http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=841&Itemid=39

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