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The American Voice Institute of Public Policy Examines...The Congressional Record

The American Voice Institute of Public Policy has analyzed bills brought to a vote in the Senate and the House of Representatives during the 2nd session of the 109th Congress. Several bills have been highlighted in On the Record for their impact on the American family and their correlation with the issues of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy. For these bills selected, each congressman's and senator's voting record can be observed in the charts below.

Examine the voting record of your congressman and senators. Then send them an e-mail message thanking them for their votes or persuading them to vote differently next time.

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SENATE

 

How is On the Record Developed?

When a Congressman or Senator votes for a position that the American Voice Institute of Public Policy (AVIPP) supports, a plus sign (+) is given to the Congressmen and Senators for their votes. On the other hand, a vote against a position that AVIPP supports receives a (-) To be as fair as possible to each Congressman and Senator, a Roll Call vote that does not represent a (+) or a (-) vote is assigned a (+) vote. If AVIPP does not know why a Congressman did not vote or otherwise work to make his position known, On the Record is marked with a (?) There could be several reasons for absence -- illness of the individual or family member is just one case. Furthermore, AVIPP has made every effort to make On the Record as simple as possible to read and interpret. If a position is not given, the key will be tabulated as a (+).

The higher the percentage score, the closer the Congressman or Senator agreed with the AVIPP position and vice versa. The reader should examine each voting record of their Congressman and Senators and then check the score assigned by AVIPP. The only reason a Congressman may have a high percentage but his votes on each recorded Roll Call are unmarked is if his position is not known. For example, US Representative of New Jersey Robert Menendez has several vacants (V's) on his voting record because he was appointed in January 2006 to the Senate. His score of 96 percent On the Record does not reflect his position on the votes he missed.

The American Voice Institute of Public Policy supports public policy that promotes educational choice, pro-life, pro-faith, limited government, a strong national defense, strong immigration policies, and free market principles.

 

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