How They Voted 2016 | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

How They Voted 2016

How They Voted is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual scorecard on how members of Congress voted on key business issues.

How They Voted 2016

How They Voted is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual scorecard on how members of Congress voted on key business issues. This scorecard continues a five-decade tradition of evaluating the votes of each U.S. senator and representative in the second session of the 114th Congress.

2016 was a remarkably productive year for Congress, and the Chamber scored members of Congress on many high priority issues impacting the free enterprise system.  We scored votes related to updating America’s energy policy, improving access to capital for small businesses, building our water infrastructure system, protecting intellectual property, helping America’s manufacturers compete in a global economy, and ensuring that our workforce has the skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow.

For this report, the Chamber chose 8 Senate votes and 14 House votes on which to grade lawmakers. For a vote to be featured in How They Voted, it must meet three criteria: first, it must be a recorded floor vote; second, the Chamber’s board of directors must have a clear policy on the issue; and third, the Chamber must have communicated its position on the issue to Congress.

The Chamber encourages you to carefully review how your elected officials voted on critical business legislation. This scorecard not only shows how they voted in the past, but it also serves as an indicator of how they will likely vote in the future.

View the 2016 Scorecard