Written on: February 24, 2020
2019 Voting Record
“Every year, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social
Justice publishes a voting record evaluating the
previous year’s Congressional votes. The votes are
selected for their potential to mend the gaps in
our nation, or widen them. This year, however,
the Voting Record includes only votes taken by
the House of Representatives. Because of Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s yearlong refusal
to hold votes on critical legislation in 2019, there is
no Senate Voting Record.”
From the document: 2019 NETWORK Voting Record
As members of NETWORK, we were asked to thank our local representatives with voting records of 90-100% on issues of social justice highlighted by NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice during the past year. Our local Congressman, Brendan Boyle (PA-2nd) received a 100% rating from NETWORK for voting on issues of Catholic Social Justice in the House of Representatives.
Sister Diane Bardol, as the coordinator of the GNSH Social Justice efforts, went to Rep. Boyle’s office on February 21 to thank him for voting in line with Catholic Social Teaching. This award is specific to the bills that were voted on, and there could be other aspects of Catholic social justice that were not represented in last year’s legislative voting sessions.
Page 2 of the downloadable document from NETWORK describes the 10 bills focused on and the number of votes received for passage of each one.
Pages 3-6, show the voting on these bills done by the Congress members of every state.
Page 7 describes the “Mending the Gaps” effort being pursued by NETWORK and enlivened by the messages of Pope Francis to create an economy of inclusion, along with the specific areas where inequality needs to be addressed.
Page 8 lists each bill that has passed the house, but now sits on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s desk, buried and not brought to the Senate for vote. One bill has languished there for over 10 months, and many are not far behind.
Download the full document here