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.
|Tuesday, 21 October 2008|
by Leutisha Stills and the CBC Monitor Team
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
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
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.
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.