Congressional Black Caucus Report Card for 2015, the 114th Congress

by Glen Ford with Patrice Johnson for CBC Monitor

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Congressional Black Caucus Report Card for 2015, the 114th Congress

by Glen Ford with Patrice Johnson for CBC Monitor

CBC REP

STATE, DIST

SCORE

WHICH VOTES?

Conyers

MI – 13th

90

5

Edwards

MD– 4th

90

5

Ellison

MN – 5th

90

5

Lewis

GA – 5th

90

5

Scott

VA – 3rd

90

5

Lee

CA – 13th

90

5

Waters

CA – 35th

90

5

Bass

CA – 37th

80

45

Cummings

MD – 7th

80

45

Fattah

PA – 2nd

80

45

Jeffries

NY – 8th

80

45

Kelly

IL – 2nd

80

45

Clarke

NY – 9th

70

45, no vote 9

Clay.

MO – 1st

70

458

Davis

IL – 7th

70

no vote 245

Johnson

GA – 4th

70

5, no vote 8, no vote 9

Lee

TX – 18th

70

457

Moore

WI – 4th

70

45, no vote 9

Wilson

FL – 24th

70

345

Beatty

OH – 3rd

60

3458

Fudge

OH – 11th

60

no vote 1, no vote 2, no vote 45

Green

TX – 9th

60

4578

Hastings

FL – 20th

60

45, no vote 910

Johnson

TX – 30th

60

2456

Payne

NJ – 10th

60

no vote 245, no vote 7

Rangel

NY – 13th

60

no vote 1, no vote 2, no vote 45

Thompson

MS – 2nd

60

no vote 1, no vote 457

Butterfield

NC – 1st

50

1, no vote 2458

Carson

IN – 7th

50

12458

Cleaver

MO – 5th

50

3458, no vote 9

Clyburn

SC – 6th

50

13457

Veasey

TX – 33rd

50

34578

Brown

FL – 5th

40

1, no vote 23458

Richmond

LA – 2nd

40

no vote1, no vote 2, no vote 4 57,8

Meeks

NY – 5th

40

134568

Rush

IL – 1st

40

no vote 1, no vote 2, no vote 3, no vote 45, no vote 9

Bishop

GA – 2nd

30

no vote 123458, no vote 9

Scott

GA – 13th

30

34578, no vote 910

Sewell

AL – 4th

20

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1— H.Amdt.912 to H.R. 4870, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2015, June 19, 2014. A failed effort led by Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) to defund U.S. military operations in Iraq, it would have prevented Congress from using the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq as “a blank check for endless war,” in Lee’s words. The amendment was defeated 182-231.

 

 

Penalty for voting NAY or not voting.

 

2—H.Amdt.928 to H.R.4870, June 20, 2014. A failed effort led by Barbara Lee to prohibit the the use of funds for the purpose of conducting combat operations in Afghanistan after Dec. 31, 2014, the date by which President Obama promised all American servicemen and women would return home. It was defeated 153-260.

 

Penalty for voting NAY or not voting.

 

3— H.R. 5461 Sept. 16, 2014. Sponsored by Andy Barr (R-Ky.). To clarify the application of certain leverage and risk-based requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to improve upon the definitions provided for points and fees in connection with a mortgage transaction, and for other purposes. BAR considers the bill an attempt by Republicans to make substantial modifications to Dodd-Frank. Passed 327-97.

 

Penalty for voting AYE or not voting.

 

4— H.Amdt. 918 to HR 4870 June 19, 2014. Known as Grayson Amendment, sponsored by Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) Prohibited the Department of Defense's 1033 program from transferring "aircraft (including unmanned aerial vehicles), armored vehicles, grenade launchers, silencers, toxicological agents (including chemical agents, biological agents, and associated equipment), launch vehicles, guided missiles, ballistic missiles, rockets, torpedoes, bombs, mines, or nuclear weapons" to local police. The amendment would have prevented the military from distributing to local police forces some of the heavy weapons and vehicles that have been deployed in response to unrest in Ferguson, Mo. It failed 62-355.

 

Penalty for voting NAY or not voting.

 

5— H.Res. 657 July 11, 2014. Sponsored by Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), the resolution reaffirms the support of the House of Representatives for Israel's right to defend its citizens and ensure Israel's survival. Condemns the unprovoked rocket fire at Israel and calls on Hamas to cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel. Passed House without amendment. Agreed to without objection. Support for this resolution ignores Israel’s attacks on Palestinian lives in Gaza and its apartheid policies regarding Muslims.

 

 

Penalty for agreeing by voice vote.

 

6—H.R. 2146 June 18, 2015. Titled Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act, it was sponsored by David Reichert (R-Wash.). Originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters, the bill would grant the President fast-track trade promotion authority (TPA). This bill is considered bad for American workers because it would establish a process that allows no amendments and limited debate on trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which could lead to more exporting of jobs overseas and reduction of workers’ rights. Passed 218-208.

 

Penalty for voting AYE or not voting.

 

7—H.R.5682 Nov. 14, 2014. To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. Sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), the bill says the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. may construct, connect, operate, and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities described in the application filed on May 4, 2012, by TransCanada Corporation to the Department of State (including any subsequent revision to the pipeline route within the State of Nebraska required or authorized by the State of Nebraska). The bill eliminates the State Department’s ability to assess whether the pipeline is in the national interest and the President’s authority to ultimately approve or reject the project. Environmentalists say the pipeline. which will pump tar sands crude oil from Canada to U.S. refineries, will lead to massive amounts of carbon pollution for years to come and would seriously threaten surrounding communities, ecosystems, and watersheds. Passed 252-161.

 

Penalty for voting AYE or not voting.

 

8—H. Con. Res. 55 June 17, 2015 Sponsored by James. P. McGovern (-Mass.). Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove United States Armed Forces deployed to Iraq or Syria on or after August 7, 2014, other than Armed Forces required to protect United States diplomatic facilities and personnel, from Iraq and Syria. Failed 139-288. A vote against the resolution can be seen as a vote against withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and Syria.

 

Penalty for voting NAY or not voting

 

9—H.Amdt. 655 to H.R. 10 May 9, 2014 Kathy. Castor’s (D-FL) amendment to the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act. Castor’s amendment to HR 10 would require the Secretary of Education to develop and enforce conflict of interest guidelines for all charter schools receiving federal assistance. Failed 190-205

 

None of the CBC members voted against the amendment, but eight failed to vote, which should be considered a deliberate attempt to avoid confronting the privatization of education in inner cities.

 

Penalty for voting NAY or not voting.

 

10—H.R. 3461 Sept. 11, 2015. Sponsored by John Boehner (R-Ohio), this bill was to approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, relating to Iran’s nuclear program. It failed, with all House Republicans voting against it, bowing to pro-Israel groups.

 

Penalty for voting NAY or not voting.

 

Sources: Library of Congress (Congress.gov); The United States House of Representatives (House.gov)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

Original Post

Negroes well dressed, making money, the white man way. Other than Charlie Rangel, I have no idea who these black people are, nor what they do. Has our situation improved because of them? Can they deal with the Sandra Bland case?? What exactly is it that they do, except take up space and look "black"?

Originally Posted by Norland:

Negroes well dressed, making money, the white man way. Other than Charlie Rangel, I have no idea who these black people are, nor what they do. Has our situation improved because of them? Can they deal with the Sandra Bland case?? What exactly is it that they do, except take up space and look "black"?

 

Norland, you are crazy ["What else can they do except take up space and look "black"?].

I wish I had one dollar for every time I've heard I'm crazy, I'd be as rich as Trumpet. I wear my craziness with pride. Being born along side these assholes had lots to do with it, working with them placed the top onto the pot. Came here when the bombs were dropping on Japan and I'm still with them, that explains it alllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm the ONLY ONE HERE that remembers hearing on the radio the death of FDR on April 12, 1945 as my little ass was going to a birthday party. All we had was radio, and I think all of us that were born in that era were better because of that fact. We don't see the world in the manner of the more youthful.

 

Now, the answer to my question??  What do these people do except take up space and look "black?" Has a nary one of 'em spoken about these white men going beserk on our black behinds in the name of "COPS?" Have they said anything about the black men going beserk on black behinds in the name of some damn crime or another? Can they tell brothers not to kill brothers?? That they look like fuckin' idiots when they do; that they're going to Gorilla Cages or to their Graves when they do?? Compliments of the Great White man???

 

How's about a couple of them telling the project inhabitants to pick up a broom, sweep around their own front doors and remove the fucking tires, garbage, plastic bottles, off the front of the property and back too, if applicable?? Make themselves appear like they live in Amerigo and not a slum in a foreign land.

 

Get some Pine Sol and clean the piss up in the halls. Ask for some extra lighting so you can get from outside to your door without being attacked by some creep or another. Tell all the bastards loitering around that don't belong, to get the hell out!! Lay off the alcohol, cigarettes and drugs!!

 

Do they do that?? Can they do that?? Can anyone do that?? Who can do that?? Will someone do that?? I don't live near that, so I can't do that!!!! I live around White People, gotta worry about 'em my damn self; have a heaping family.

 

Just askin'!!

 

Just what is it that they do except take up space and look "black?" And the answer is:_______________________________________. Nuttin' Honey!!!!!!

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