Offering insight into how elective officials voted throughout 2017 to uphold key civil rights protections, the NAACP just released its latest (pdf) Civil Rights Federal Legislative Report Card.
“The 2017 report card underscores a growing divide in Congress of those who are committed to protecting people’s rights and those more interested in protecting the rights of the rich and powerful,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP.
Among the votes that formed the basis for the report card were the Senate vote to confirm Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General and the House vote to repeal the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Pertinent legislation that both chambers voted on included overturning an Obama order requiring federal contractors to comply with federal labor and non-discrimination laws; overturning regulations establishing public school accountability for historically marginalized groups including LGBTQ students, children with disabilities, and racial and ethnic testimonies; voting to repeals and replace Obamacare; and the passage of the tax bill.
While 44 senators received an “A” grade—meaning their votes on “bread and butter” civil rights legislation always aligned with NAACP’s position. Fifty-one senators received an “F”—meaning their votes aligned with the civil rights group’s positions 59 percent of the time or less.
In the House of Representatives, 233 members flunked, while 164 got an “A.”
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