|Rep. Giffords's Liberal Action Score: 0|
The Liberal Action Score is calculated by compiling a series of measured liberal actions (both roll call voting and bill cosponsorship) in the 112th Congress and comparing Gabrielle Giffords's behavior against a liberal standard:
A score of 0 means that Representative Giffords has participated in 0% of our slate of liberal actions in the 112th Congress.
Representative Giffords has failed to take any of the slate of liberal actions we have identified for the 112th Congress.
- Respect for constitutional protections of American civil liberty
- Transparency and public access in government
- Equal treatment of people under law
- The respect and pursuit of empirical knowledge through support for science and education
- Protection of the Earth's environmental richness
- Strengthening of economic opportunity for all
- Pursuit of peaceful solutions and opposition to militarism in policy
Liberal Bills Congresswoman Giffords has failed to support through cosponsorship:
Contrary to the predictions of defenders of offshore drilling, expansion of offshore drilling has done little to drive down the price of oil. Since President Obama announced that new deepwater drilling for oil will be allowed, the price of oil has gone up, not down. The cost of a barrel of oil is now nearing 100 dollars. If we want to control the cost of energy, we need diversification of energy sources, not just the same old desperate search for oil. Offshore drilling needs to be phased out, not pumped up.
Given the continuing influence of big oil companies over Congress and the White House, is there anything be done to move the USA away from the dangers of offshore drilling? Yes. There are leaders in the House of Representatives who are seeking who are working to reduce the risk created by offshore drilling. H.R. 261 would prohibit new leases for offshore drilling in American waters.
Rep. Giffords has failed to cosponsor H.R. 261. After you read the bill, call Rep. Giffords's office at 520-459-3115 and ask her to support it by adding her cosponsorship.
H.R. 336 is a bill that responds to incidents of financial corporations raising interest rates as many as 30 percentage points on credit card users, even when those holding credit cards keep up with their payments and aren't late sending in their checks. If passed into law, the bill would cap annual interest rates for credit cards and other lines of credit in America to 15%, inclusive of fees. Also known as the Interest Rate Reduction Act, this bill would preserve the ability of credit card corporations to make a profit while protecting Americans from usurious financial exploitation.
Rep. Giffords has failed to cosponsor H.R. 336. After you read the bill, call Rep. Giffords's office at 520-459-3115 and ask her to support it by adding her cosponsorship.
It's a dirty little secret: oil companies have a special law passed that lets them off the hook for the damage caused by their regular disasters. Thanks to that special law, oil companies aren't liable for environmental and other damages over $75 million caused by their practices. H.R. 492, the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act, would remove that cap in liability for offshore drilling disasters, so that oil companies would pay for the damage they inflict.
Rep. Giffords has failed to cosponsor H.R. 492. After you read the bill, call Rep. Giffords's office at 520-459-3115 and ask her to support it by adding her cosponsorship.
Thereís no better investment in our society than an investment in the education of a young child. Children who get early schooling do better later on, both educationally and professional, strengthening our nationís economic productivity. Parents benefit too, able to work more, making contributions of their own to society, and reducing their dependence on social programs.
If parents have to pay for preschool thatís as expensive as their income, early education becomes a very difficult choice. H.R. 555, introduced this week by Dennis Kucinich, seeks to fill in that gap by supporting state governments in their efforts to provide universally affordable but not mandatory year-round pre-K school.
Rep. Giffords has failed to cosponsor H.R. 555. After you read the bill, call Rep. Giffords's office at 520-459-3115 and ask her to support it by adding her cosponsorship.
As it is currently written, the Federal Motor Carrier Act does not allow states and municipalities to establish environmental safeguards for ports that are more stringent than the federal standard. H.R. 572, the Clean Ports Act, removes this impediment so communities can add environmental protections for the ports whose cleanliness and integrity they rely upon.
Rep. Giffords has failed to cosponsor H.R. 572. After you read the bill, call Rep. Giffords's office at 520-459-3115 and ask her to support it by adding her cosponsorship.
The oil industry is one of the most profitable enterprises on the planet, and yet the same oil industry gets a load of special tax breaks from its friends in government. H.R. 601, the End Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act, cuts nearly $40 billion in subsidies to the oil industry, ending rewards for environmentally dirty practices and restoring some balance to the federal budget.
Rep. Giffords has failed to cosponsor H.R. 601. After you read the bill, call Rep. Giffords's office at 520-459-3115 and ask her to support it by adding her cosponsorship.
Did you know that there is an exemption for hydraulic fracturing written into the Safe Drinking Water Act? The procedure commonly known as "fracking" involves the injection of a variety of toxic chemicals into the ground in order to fracture underground shale and extract natural gas. These toxic chemicals can enter an area's underground drinking water supply or later be dumped as wastewater into America's rivers. H.R. 1084 would require the contents of fracking fluids to be publicly disclosed as needed to protect the public health, just as with other toxic discharges.
Rep. Giffords has failed to cosponsor H.R. 1084. After you read the bill, call Rep. Giffords's office at 520-459-3115 and ask her to support it by adding her cosponsorship.
The problem with cluster bombs is threefold:
1. When used, they are distributed in large numbers across terrain;
2. They have a high failure rate, leaving many unexploded bombs;
3. They are small and typically shiny, disproportionately attracting the hands of curious children.
Cluster bombs are designed to kill people, not to damage buildings or roads. Like land mines, they continue to kill people long after the battle in which they were used. It is typical for a large number of these smaller bombs to remain undetonated, waiting to explode, after their initial deployment.
The Federation of American Scientists' report on the matter makes clear the danger of cluster munitions: "40 percent of the duds on the ground are hazardous and for each encounter with an unexploded submunition there is a 13 percent probability of detonation. Thus, even though an unexploded submunition is run over, kicked, stepped on, or otherwise disturbed, and did not detonate, it is not safe. Handling the unexploded submunition may eventually result in arming and subsequent detonation."
Cluster bombs kill civilians when they are used. Our government knows this, and yet our government continues to manufacture, use and sell cluster bombs to foreign countries.
The Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act forbids the United States government from spending money to use, sell or transfer cluster bombs unless the following requirements are met:
- The cluster bombs are proven to have a 1 percent or lower rate of malfunction
- The cluster bombs will not be used against anything but a clearly defined military target, in an area where there are no civilians and in places where civilians do not ordinarily live
- A plan is submitted, with the costs included, for cleaning up all the undetonated explosives that come from cluster bombs, whether they are used by the US military, or by other countries to whom the United States has supplied the cluster bombs
There is a waiver in the law for the first requirement (for the malfunctioning rate of 1 percent or lower), in cases in which it is "vital" to use cluster bombs in order to protect the security of the United States. However, even in such cases, the President is required to submit a report to Congress which explains how civilians will be protected from the cluster bombs, and revealing the failure rate of the cluster bombs, as well as whether the cluster bombs are equipped with self-destruct functions.
Rep. Giffords has failed to cosponsor H.R. 996. After you read the bill, call Rep. Giffords's office at 520-459-3115 and ask her to support it by adding her cosponsorship.
In 2010 there were 22,000 mercenaries hired by the USA in Iraq and Afghanistan; in 2011 the number of hired mercenaries climbed to more than 28,000. By March 2011, there were more private military contractors paid by the U.S. in Iraq than there were U.S. soldiers. Jan Schakowsky, the sponsor of this bill to end the use of mercenaries for traditional military security and combat roles, explains why this is a problem:
"Military officers in the field have said contractors operate like cowboys, using unnecessary and excessive force uncharacteristic of enlisted soldiers. In 2007, guards working for a firm then known as Blackwater were accused of killing 17 Iraqis, damaging the U.S. mission in Iraq and hurting our reputation around the world. Later that year, a contractor employed by DynCorp International allegedly shot and killed an unarmed taxi driver."
Military contractors have often acted with disregard for human dignity and when they break the law have frequently used loopholes to escape accountability. The result is inexcusable, violence in the name of the United States with no calls for justice. H.R. 2665 would finally bring this physical, psychological and political disaster to an end.
Rep. Giffords has failed to cosponsor H.R. 2665. After you read the bill, call Rep. Giffords's office at 520-459-3115 and ask her to support it by adding her cosponsorship.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has not taken any conservative action on the That's My Congress scorecard during the 112th Congress.
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Roll Call of the Vote on the Big Budget Cut Bill
If you look on the list of roll call votes taken by the House of Representatives that's maintained by the Library of Congress for a vote on the debt ceiling increase legislation passed by the House this evening, you won't find it. There's nothing with the word "budget" or "cuts" or "spending" or "debt ceiling" to be found there.
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Roll Call Of Vote To Put Dangerous Oil Pipeline Through USA
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Gabrielle Giffords Shot In The Head
UPDATE: Remarkably, Gabrielle Giffords has survived the point blank gunshot to her head. After quick surgery, Giffords remains in critical condition, but physicians say that they are optimistic for a recovery of some sort.
The original article, written as media reported the death of Giffords, follows:
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Roll Call Vote: Who Voted For And Against the Patriot Act? (2/8/2011)
Check it out: Here is the roll-call vote, 277-148, by which the House just failed to pass Patriot Act reauthorization bill H.R. 514. If only the Republican leadership had followed their own House Rules, this bill would have passed. But the Republicans suspended their own rules, which meant that the margin required for passage rose to 2/3 (290 votes if all 435 members were voting).
|Rep. Gary Ackerman (Democrat-NY, District 5) -- Yea|
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