Here’s our Congressional Report Card for 2021–2022. These have been an eventful two years.
What this report card highlights is the need to elect more progressive leaders to Congress so that we can pass increased funding for international family planning programs; permanently end the Global Gag Rule; repeal the Helms and Hyde Amendments that deny safe abortion access to people across the United States and around the world; and pass new federal laws to guarantee access to abortion for every American.
When the Supreme Court eliminated Americans’ constitutional right to abortion, it made this November’s election even more important. You’ll find profiles of a small number of the candidates who we’ve endorsed in 2022 at the end of this report card. You can see the full list of endorsements—which are ongoing—at popconnectaction.org/vote/endorsements.
Report cards are important snapshots. They can tell you a lot, but they can’t tell you everything. It’s notable that no Republican in either the House or the Senate received a grade above an F. But there are two in the Senate—Lisa Murkowski from Alaska and Susan Collins from Maine—for whom more needs to be said: Both Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Collins are crucial allies on the Senate Appropriations Committee where they help promote solid funding for family planning and legislation to permanently end the Global Gag Rule. Unfortunately, those issues have not come before the Senate for votes, so are absent from the report card. These two senators’ grades would certainly be better with a wider selection of votes to score.
We hope you’ll take this report card into account as you’re making decisions about the candidates running in your state and congressional district and that you’ll support those whom we’ve endorsed. We believe that by electing more champions of the issues we all care about, we’ll make the world a better place for everyone by advancing programs that uphold reproductive rights and that can move us toward population stabilization.
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