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Dear Allan:

The primary way we determine if a Member of Congress receives the SMART Transportation Division’s endorsement is to examine how they vote on our issues. Another important factor is whether they are a member of the majority party; the current political reality is that nothing gets passed without the support of Republicans in Congress. Unfortunately, labor is often under serious attack by some very anti-union Republicans, so it is critical that we support labor-friendly Republicans who work to defeat anti-union proposals.
 
With the Legislative Action Center (LAC), we can now easily track legislation and provide a
legislative score to determine how your member of Congress is representing you on key votes -- scoring goes back to the year 2011. To find the current score of your Representative (Senators not scored yet), 
click on this link, then on your Member of Congress. The score is on a scale of 1-100 and can be found below the Representative’s picture. More information on the specific votes scored, and how your Representative voted, can be found further down the page. More information on the specific votes scored, and how your Representative voted, can be found further down the page.
 
Not all scores are equal; keep in mind that a Republican with a score in the 60s, 50s, 40s or even 30s was with us on some key issues, and may have been instrumental in defeating bad legislation. We appreciate the efforts of our Republican friends who often buck their party leadership. Also take into consideration that not all votes (or in this case, co-sponsorship of H.R. 1763) are equal, and that we sometimes weigh the votes of key legislation. For the year 2015, co-sponsorship of H.R. 1763 is worth the weight of two votes.
 
We are continuing to refine the LAC for the upcoming election, and
I would appreciate any feedback you may have. Let me know if you think the scoring makes sense, or not, or if some votes should be scored, or not scored, or anything else that SMART TD should consider when making our recommendations for 2016.

 

In Solidarity,

John Risch
National Legislative Director
SMART Transportation Division