Announcing Our "Congressional Scorecard"
Find Out How Your Members of Congress Have Voted
By Brigitte Gabriel
You may recall that earlier this year we informed you of our plan to research congressional voting records and post a "Congressional Scorecard" on our website.
We have all experienced the frustration with elected officials who have "sold out" to the lobbyists and foreign interests. And far too many of our elected officials talk out of both sides of their mouth. They say something in their community to get elected and go up to Washington, DC and do something completely different.
As I began my mission to inform America about the threat to national security in a post 9/11 world, I experienced the frustration with elected officials who were more interested in themselves and their positions than in US, the American public. Our goal at ACT! for America is to help these officials see the light, but if they don't see the light, we need to make them feel the heat!
We elect people to office to serve us, the American public, and our national interest. But as Thomas Jefferson wrote, "the price of liberty is eternal vigilance." That means WE must keep a vigilant, watchful eye on our elected officials to ensure that they are, in fact, serving us and the national interest.
Our newly-launched "Congressional Scorecard" project is a powerful way in which we the people can keep just such a watchful eye on our elected representatives.
So with profound gratitude to those of you whose contributions helped make this project possible, I am delighted today to announce the posting of ACT! for America's 2008 "Congressional Scorecard."
The Congressional Scorecard is a compilation of important national security votes cast in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate since 2003. The ACT! for America staff spent many, many hours combing through hundreds of votes cast over the past five years, finally selecting 50 votes on issues having a direct impact on our national security and the fight against Islamofascism. The tally of votes by members of the House and Senate were then obtained from the non-partisan service Gallery Watch, provided by Roll Call.
Please click the link below to view the descriptions of these votes, the ACT! for America position on these votes, and how members of the House and Senate voted. You will also be able to find out how frequently each member of the House and Senate voted with ACT! for America's positions.
Here are a few examples of votes profiled in the Congressional Scorecard:
* A vote to protect from lawsuits Americans who report suspicious activity. Some of you may recall the email alert we sent out in the summer of 2007 urging our members to contact Congress on the so-called "John Doe" vote.
* An amendment that sought to change the federal criminal code to apply the death penalty or life imprisonment for a terrorist offense that results in a person's death.
* An amendment to prohibit foreign aid funding to Saudi Arabia because of that country's continued support of and funding for radical Islamist ideology around the world, including here in the United States.
* An amendment to prevent federal funds from being used to undertake actions that would remove or discourage the use of words such as "jihadist," "jihad," "Islamic terrorist" or "Islamofascism" by those in the intelligence community. The catalyst for this amendment has been efforts within the federal government to remove such appropriately descriptive language and refer instead to Islamic terrorists as "criminals" or "thugs."
* An amendment to stop U.S. corporations from financing terrorism through offshore subsidiaries that do business with state sponsors of terrorism.
* An amendment to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a foreign terrorist organization.
To find out how your members of the House and Senate voted on these and dozens of other important votes click here: http://www.actforamerica.org/index.php/congressional-scorecard
Then, if you're satisfied with how your representatives have voted, I encourage you to contact them and tell them so. And if you're dissatisfied, contact them and let them know how you feel about their votes. Use the link below to find contact information for your representatives.
When you do, please make sure you mention you're a member of ACT! for America.
Lastly, I encourage you to forward this email to everyone you know so they may be informed as well. If every one of you who receives this email forwards it to five other people, and many of them do the same, hundreds of thousands of people will be able to see for themselves how their members of the House and Senate voted.
Thank you again to those of you who contributed financially to make this project possible. Over the next several weeks I will be doing a massive national media campaign promoting the Congressional Scorecard so every American concerned about national security will be an informed, vigilant citizen. You have helped inform and educate countless Americans, illustrating once again that when "everyone does a little, together we accomplish a lot."