5 Michigan reps. net perfect scores from Catholic social justice org

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    Five Michigan U.S. House members received 100% ratings from a Washington, D.C.-based Catholic organization that lobbies for economic and social justice.

    The Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice in January released a compilation of how members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in 2019.

    The record — published annually — contains votes on issues Network selected “for their potential to mend the gaps” in the United States, or widen them. These pertain to gaps in wealth, income and access, like access to health care. In 2019, legislation included by Network concerned LGBTQ+ rights, wage increases, lowering drug prices, campaign finance reform and protecting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, or “Dreamers.”

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    Network recommended 10 yes votes by representatives, one per piece of legislation. The 10 bills Network can be found here

    Of 190 U.S. representatives who earned perfect scores from Network, five were from Michigan: U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly), Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills), Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield). That means they voted in favor of all legislation included on Network’s list. 

    U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) had a percentage rate of 90% — he voted in favor of nine of 10 pieces of the suggested legislation. U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) had a percentage of 89% — she did not vote on one bill and voted no on another. 

    Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice scorecard

    Six other Michigan representatives voted yes on one to three pieces of the legislation, putting them in the 10 to 30% range, according to the Network data. 

    U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) was the only Michigan lawmaker to earn a 0% rating, according to the voting record. 

    C.J. Moore
    C.J. Moore covers the environment and the Capitol. She previously worked at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland as a public affairs staff science writer. She also previously covered crop sustainability and coal pollution issues for Great Lakes Echo. In addition, she served as editor in chief at The State News and covered its academics and research beat. She is a journalism graduate student at Michigan State University.