The Democracy Scorecard

The 116th Congress was historic for many reasons. Historians will point to the obvious–the third impeachment of a president in U.S. history and the underwhelming Special Counsel Report by Robert Mueller that led up to it. The surprisingly revealing Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s 1,000+ page bipartisan report, which outlines Russia’s concerted attempt to sway the 2016 presidential election, should be highlighted for seeing the light of day in a Senate that has been devoid of substantive action with scant exceptions. Majority Leader Mitch McConell proudly claims the Senate is a “legislative graveyard” earning his title as the “gravedigger of democracy.”

But for the long term interest of the republic, the 116th Congress should be noted as a harbinger of change. What that change looks like depends on which chamber you look at and which path voters decide to follow in November 2020.

In the House of Representatives, the 116th Congress will be known for the largest and most diverse class of new members in a dramatic shift in the balance of power. They came to Washington on a mission reflected in the For the People Act. Designated as H.R. 1, a statement of the highest priority given to the most sweeping democracy reform bill ever introduced. This comprehensive, democracy reform package includes a bold set of solutions already working in cities and states across the country. The newly elected representatives were of the people, had seen these local laws passed by the people, and seem determined to work toward a Congress that will win them for the people, so democracy works for all of us, not just the wealthy special interests.

Common Cause’s 2020 Democracy Scorecard:

  • Provides data on every current member of Congress based on their votes for, or cosponsorship of, key democracy reform bills;
  • Amplifies the voices of everyday Americans who have been silenced by big money in politics, voter suppression, and other tactics to block people from participating; and
  • Reflects a commitment to ensuring that all Americans’ voices can be heard in our government and that everyone plays by the same set of common-sense rules.
Andy Barr 
Kelly Armstrong
Raul Ruiz 
Dan Crenshaw
Michael Cloud
Adam Smith 
Chip Roy
Mark Amodei 
Dan Newhouse 
Rashida Tlaib
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
Joe Wilson 
Abigail Spanberger
Bill Pascrell Jr. 
Katherine Clark 
José Serrano
Harold Rogers 
Bruce Westerman 
Denver Riggleman
Frank Lucas 
André Carson 
Buddy Carter 
Andy Biggs 
Mike Conaway
Peter Visclosky 
Adam Kinzinger
Tony Cárdenas 
Robert Latta 
Steven Watkins
Collin Peterson 
Alcee Hastings 
Dutch Ruppersberger 
Zoe Lofgren 
Kay Granger 
Charlie Crist 
Grace Meng 
Jennifer Wexton
Steve Scalise 
Gregorio Sablan 
Ruben Gallego