Members of Congress (MoCs) Tracking Reports - 116th Congress
It is in this spirit that we maintain a regular report on our Members of Congress, so that interested voters might educate themselves on what these elected officials are saying and how they are voting.
Lower Bucks Indivisible distributes a weekly Members of Congress Tracking Report to our members. These reports keep you informed about the Legislative bills, resolutions, and actions that are being proposed and voted upon by our 8th District Members of Congress. Also, see the sidebar at right for a quick analysis of how those MoCs vote.
The FiveThirtyEight.com website (that's Nate Silver's polling/data nerd political site) has developed a metric where they assess each MoC's voting record, and how closely it aligns with the Trump agenda. They call it "Tracking Congress in the Age of Trump" and I think it is a useful one-stop scorecard for assessing our MoCs. The higher the number, the more closely they are doing exactly what Trump wants.
It is notable that Brian Fitzpatrick is one of the five Republican Representatives that most depart from the Trump agenda in their voting.
Some readers commented on Facebook recently that these Index numbers would have more meaning if they were put into context by comparing them to other members of Congress. Here is some perspective...
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HOW OUR MoCs INDEX NUMBERS COMPARE WITH OTHERS IN CONGRESS:
The House: The best way to give those numbers greater context is to compare them to the ratings given to some of the more well-known members of the Democratic caucus. Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) is at 8.6% and Rep. John Lewis (Ga.) is at 8.7%, while Reps. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) are both at 10%. As for the Democratic House leadership, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is at 19.7% and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is at 17.1%.
In contrast, as of the start of April the 237 Republican representatives had Index scores ranging from 52.5% to 100%. The Republicans with the lowest scores are from the so-called "Freedom Caucus." Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.) is at 52.5% and Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) is at 55.7%. Retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), who is considered by many to be the most moderate Republican Congressperson, is at 68.3%. Of all of the Republican representatives, 17 have index ratings the same as or lower than our Rep. Fitzpatrick, while 219 have voted more in alignment with the Trump agenda.
The Senate: The Senate takes fewer votes, so the numbers are more clustered. The Senators fall roughly into three large groups:
In the most oppositional group, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Independent - Vt.) and the Blue state Democrats mostly have ratings between 7.4% and 35%.
Sen. Angus King (Independent - Maine) and the Trump State Democrats, including those up for re-election this year, have ratings between 22% and 60%. Of the 10 Democrats in states that Trump won who face re-election battles this year, Sen. Casey ranks third in his defiance to the Trump agenda. The two who beat him are Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.) at 22.4%, and Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) at 29.4%. At the other end of that of group of Democrats up for re-election in Red states are Sen. Joe Donnelly (Ind.) at 55.2% and Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) at 60.3%.
Other than the Libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky), who is at 73.9%, all of the Republican senators have ratings between 80% and 100%. Yes, that includes even the pair of female Republican senators who are often lauded by the left, Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) at 80.9% and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) at 83.6%. As for Sen. Toomey, his rating puts him in the statistical center of his party (if one excludes the aforementioned Rand Paul). Toomey's 90.8% lands him almost perfectly in the middle of that 80%-100% range.