For more than 40 years, the How They Voted scorecard has been a critical component of the U.S. Chamber’s work.
Beginning with the current Congress, we are revising our scorecard to more fully reward members of Congress for helping to advance pro-business policies while simultaneously encouraging members to reach the compromises necessary for effective governing.
Previously, a member’s annual How They Voted score solely reflected how consistently he or she voted with the Chamber’s position on legislation identified as important to the business community.
The Chamber will produce individual report cards for all members that will show how the member compares to the rest of the Congress, their party, and their delegation.
The new scorecard is made up of three components:
1. Legislative Vote Score (80% of the total score)
This score functions like the current scorecard with one change: We now reserve the right to doubleweight votes so long as the decision to double-weight the vote is communicated to Capitol Hill in advance.
2. Legislative Leadership Score (10% of the total score)
This score is based on the number of Chamber-endorsed bills a member cosponsors and Chamber-opposed bills the member declines to cosponsor.
Example: If a Member co-sponsors 23 of 30 Chamber-endorsed bills and declines to sponsor all five Chamber opposed bills, her Legislative Leadership Score would be 80% (with the Chamber on 28 of 35 bills).
The Chamber will communicate to Capitol Hill its endorsement or opposition to bills and maintain a current list--see below.
3. Bipartisan Engagement Score (10% of total score)
This score is based on the share of bills (other than those formally opposed by the Chamber) cosponsored by the member that were introduced by members of the opposite party. This score is calculated relative to the member’s performance against all other members.
Example: If a Republican Member cosponsors 31 bills in total and 19 were introduced by Democrats, 62% of his cosponsored bills will be considered cross-party.
Bills For Inclusion as Part of the “Legislative Leadership” Score
Below is an initial list of bills the Chamber is endorsing for or against as part of the “Legislative Leadership” score. Over the course of the Congress, the Chamber will update this list, disseminate it to you, and maintain it here.
The Chamber encourages you to cosponsor:
1. S. 146 – Move America Act
2. S. 287 – Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act
3. S. 383 – Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act
4. S. 172 – Health Insurance Tax Relief Act
5. S. 471 – Litigation Funding Transparency Act
6. S. 365 – Trade Security Act
7. S. 692 – Protect Medical Innovation Act
8. S. 765 – Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act
9. S. 800 – College Transparency Act
10. S. 1273 – Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act
11. S. 978 – Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Jobs Act
12. S. 972 – Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act
13. S. 684 – Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019
14. S. 2293 – Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2019
1. H.R. 940 – Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act
2. H.R. 748 – Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act
3. H.R. 1166 – Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act
4. H.R. 1007 – Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act
5. H.R. 1008 – Trade Security Act
6. H.R. 2207 – Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2019
7. H.R. 1725 – Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act
8. H.R. 1766 – College Transparency Act
9. H.R. 2426 – Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act
10. H.R. 2213 – Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Jobs Act
The Chamber encourages you to refrain from cosponsoring:
1. S.Res.59 – A resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal
2. S. 62 – Empowering Medicare Seniors to Negotiate Drug Prices Act
3. S. 99 – Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act
4. S. 470 – Medicare at 50 Act
5. S. 61 – Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act
6. S. 1103 – Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act
7. S. 1306 – Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019
8. S. 2409 – United States Reciprocal Trade Act
1. H.Res.109 – Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal
2. H.R. 764 – United States Reciprocal Trade Act
3. H.R. 275 – Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act
4. H.R. 448 – Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act
5. H.R. 1384 – Medicare for All Act
6. H.R. 1346 – Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act
7. H.R. 2278 – Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act
8. H.R. 2474 – Protecting the Right to Organize Act
In addition to the bills above, examples of some of the bills we anticipate endorsing for cosponsorship upon their reintroduction in this Congress, include:
1. S. 488 (115th) – JOBS ACT 3.0
2. S. 2392 (115th) – Cyber SAFETY Act
3. S. 584 (115th) – Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
4. S. 540 (115th) – Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act
5. S. 1885 (115th) – AV START Act
1. H.R. 5963 (115th) – Health Insurance Tax Relief Act
2. H.R. 33 (115th) – Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
3. H.R. 1393 (115th) – Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act
4. H.R. 4015 (115th) – Corporate Governance Reform and Transparency Act