Press Release - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Releases Congressional Vote Scores: Notes “Obstruction, Brinkmanship, and Political Posturing” in 112th Congress
“Hyper gridlock” Stymied Advancement of Civil and Human Rights
For Immediate Release
Contact: Shin Inouye, 202.869.0398, firstname.lastname@example.org
October 10, 2012
Washington, D.C. –The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today released vote ratings for every member of the 112th Congress. The Voting Record, which has been published for 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 20 House and 15 Senate votes taken through September 2012 addressing important civil rights protections, as well as jobs, the budget, education, criminal justice, violence against women, and more.
The Leadership Conference blamed the lack of progress on these issues during this session on an unprecedented level of polarization. This was particularly evident in the House, where the number of members who supported The Leadership Conference’s position on 90 percent or more of the votes dropped from 196 in the 111th Congress to 168. The scores are not an endorsement of any candidate or legislator.
“This Congress posed extreme challenges for the advancement of civil and human rights and is one of the least productive on record,” said Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president of The Leadership Conference. “Even formerly bipartisan initiatives like the Violence Against Women Act and the confirmation of judicial nominees – fell victim to obstruction, brinkmanship, and political posturing.”
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 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.