Congressional Voting Records:
Analysis and Resources
This list of resources is from the 2004 elections, and many of the links are out of date. It remains for historical purposes only.
For the most recent congressional voting record, please visit this link.
This collection of links to Congressional scorecards, prepared by progressive advocacy groups and governmental offices, may be helpful in researching your member's voting record on key issues. Information on how to read and evaluate the scorecards are either included below or appear on the organizations' websites. The information in italics comes directly from each organization's website.
Women's Rights Advocacy Groups
Women's Rights Advocacy Groups
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
"AAUW promotes education and equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change."
"EMILY's List is a political network for pro-choice Democratic women candidates that raises early money to make women credible contenders. EMILY stands for 'Early Money Is Like Yeast.'"
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
"The Human Rights Campaign works on behalf of more than 500,000 diverse members to ensure equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community."
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR)
"A broad coalition of women's rights, civil rights, religious and other organizations who work on civil rights, human rights, hate crimes and related issues."
NARAL Pro-Choice America
"Each year, NARAL Pro-Choice America publishes a record of the votes of each member of Congress on reproductive rights issues during the last session of Congress. Dates available: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 (Free)."
- Congressional Record on Choice (107th Congress 2nd Session)
You can call NARAL Pro-Choice America at 202-973-3000 and request that a copy be sent to you.
The National Council of Women's Organizations
"The National Council of Women's Organizations is a nonpartisan, nonprofit umbrella organization of almost 200 groups that collectively represent over ten million women across the United States."
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
"Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., is the world's largest and most trusted voluntary reproductive health care organization. Founded by Margaret Sanger in 1916 as America's first birth control clinic, Planned Parenthood believes in everyone's right to choose when or whether to have a child, that every child should be wanted and loved, and that women should be in charge of their own destinies."
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney's Choice Scorecard
"A scorecard created by Rep. Maloney (D-New York) with Center of Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood Federation of America detailing over 180 anti-choice actions taken by the Bush administration and some members of Congress."
Voters for Choice
"Choice analyzes the voting records of U.S. Representatives, Senators, State Governors and Candidates to find out where they stand on choice. A person who has voted pro-choice 80-100% of the time is considered pro-choice; 50-79% of the time is considered mixed on choice; and 0-49% of the time is considered anti-choice. If someone fails to vote we count it as an anti-choice vote."
Women's Policy Inc.
"It is an organization that tracks federal legislation on a broad range of issues that affect women and their families. WPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to provide nonpartisan public policy research, legislative analysis, and information services to policymakers, the press, and the public on issues important to women and families."
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
"The ACLU's mission is to fight civil liberties violations wherever and whenever they occur. Most of our clients are ordinary people who have experienced an injustice and have decided to fight back. The ACLU is also active in our national and state capitals, fighting to ensure that the Bill of Rights will always be more than a "parchment barrier" against government oppression and the tyranny of the majority."
"This electronic AFL-CIO Voting Record will let you know where your lawmakers stand on working family issues such as strengthening Social Security and Medicare, freedom to join a union, the Patients' Bill of Rights, Fast Track, fair wages, education and workplace safety."
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)
"ADA is the nation's oldest independent liberal political organization, dedicated to individual liberty and building economic and social justice at home and abroad. Since 1947, we have led public opinion and coalitions by taking early, principled stands on a broad range of domestic, foreign, economic, military, social and environmental issues."
People for the American Way (PFAW)
"The long term agenda of People For the American Way is broad. It includes reducing social tension and polarizations, encouraging community participation, fostering understanding among different segments of our society, and increasing the level and quality of public dialogue. As an educational institution, we shall communicate with the American people through printed materials, radio, television, public lectures and discussions."
"Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts."
"Congress.org is a service of Capitol Advantage, a private, non-partisan company that specializes in facilitating civic participation."
"Chronicles the proceedings of the U.S. Congress verbatim, including bill/amendment submissions, votes, written statements and floor debates."
- To order a daily copy, call the U.S. Government printing office at 1-866-512-1800 but a more accessible copy can be downloaded from the website for Congress.
"The goal of our non-partisan Congressional Report Cards is to help you evaluate members of the United States Congress. There is a member fee required to view the congressional voting record scorecards. Each "report card" is an easy-to-understand graphical report that shows how closely the position on legislation of a member of Congress matched the position on legislation of one or more advocacy groups over the period of up to six years."
Congressional Quarterly Almanacs
"This is an annual publication with complete summaries of legislative and roll call votes."
- To order a copy call 1-800-488-4726
Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report
"Tracks all congressional votes and offers an analysis of Congress at work."
- It is available in most libraries or call 1-800-432-2250 x621.
Almanac of American Politics 2004 by Michael Barone, Richard E. Cohen.
"This book profiles all 535 U.S. Senators and Representatives and important information about the districts and states that they represent. Each congressional district includes a biography of the member. When profiling Senators, it includes the demographic information about the state. Each congressman's committee assignments are listed, as well as some key votes within the first 100 days of the session, and other handy data."
- The almanac is available at libraries and bookstores, or you may call National Journal at 1-800-207-8001 or go to the National Journal website to order a copy.
Project Vote Smart
"Project Vote Smart (PVS) is a citizen's organization dedicated to serving all Americans with accurate and unbiased information for electoral decision-making."
U.S. Senate: Legislation and Records - Votes
"These reports provide Senate "Roll Call Vote" results for the current and several prior Congresses including votes taken today. Roll call vote results are compiled through the Senate Legislative Information System by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate."
U.S. House of Representatives: Roll Call Votes
"Roll Call votes are compiled through the electronic voting machine by the House Tally Clerks under the direction of Jeff Trandahl, Clerk of the House."
"The official Web site for Congress can be found at http://thomas.loc.gov. From that site, you can research any bill or vote by entering a bill or resolution number or a key word that will give you a list of bills. Once you click on the right bill title, you can open up a page (Summary and Status) that will give you the complete history of the bill, sponsors, summary, amendments, and votes. You can download a complete list of how senators and representatives voted on both the amendments and on the bill for final passage. You can also research bills and votes going back to past Congresses. The same site provides links to directories of members, members' homepages, explanations of procedures, important Congressional offices, and other useful information."
Updated Feb. 9, 2004