114th Congressional Scorecard (2015-2016)

How to Use this Scorecard

Find out how your Members of Congress scored on major pieces of legislation on US policy toward Israel and the Palestinians.

To navigate the scorecard, click on the different tabs at its top right. You can also click the top of any column to sort the information by that column. For more advanced use, see the drop-down menu and buttons beneath the tabs.

See below for more detailed explanations of the information you can find on each tab, menu and button.

Bill Score Tab

Start on the Bill Score tab. Here you’ll find total scores for Members of Congress and scores for each piece of legislation. Representatives are scored between +1 (best) and -4 (worst); Senators are scored between 0 (best) and -3 (worst). Click on the names of Members of Congress for more details on how they received their scores.

For details on the legislation in the scorecard, please see the Legislation tab below.

Legislation Tab

You’ll find more information about the pieces of legislation in our scorecard in the Legislation tab and comments on how we scored it.

Summary Tab

Click on the Summary tab to sort legislators by high to low score. The Possible Vote Score is the maximum score Members of Congress could get: 1 for Representatives and 0 for Senators (because we didn’t have many recorded votes on which to score them–see the FAQ’s for more details). The Vote Index is the percentage that Members of Congress voted for our position. The Total Score is the overall score for a Member of Congress.

House Tab

Check out the House tab to see the scoring breakdown by party in that chamber. A heat map below the scoring breakdown shows the relative score for each Congressional district. Hover over a district to identify it. Red is the lowest score and green is the highest. White equals zero.

Senate Tab

Check out the Senate tab to see the scoring breakdown by party in that chamber. A heat map below the scoring breakdown shows the relative score for each state. Hover over a state to identify it. Red is the lowest score and yellow is the highest.

Vote Index Tab

The Vote Index tab shows how frequently Members of Congress voted the right way.

NOTE: This tab is not very useful because there is only one recorded vote on our scorecard. Feel free to ignore this tab.

All Bills Drop-Down Menu

Click the drop-down menu (underneath the tabs) entitled All Bills to filter the scorecard by the type of legislation. Pieces of legislation marked BDS are anti-BDS bills. Those marked Netanyahu welcomed the Israeli prime minister to Washington for his speech to Congress. Those marked violence deal with Israeli-Palestinian violence and those marked weapons support increased military aid to Israel.

This filter can be used on each column to produce different information.

Export Button

Below the All Bills drop-down menu, click the Export button if you would like to download the scorecard to your computer in Excel format.

Filter Button

Click the Filter button if you would like to custom filter and sort the information on any column in the scorecard. For example, you can display the results for a particular piece of legislation, a particular state, a particular legislative chamber, etc.

Have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below the scorecard.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do most Members of Congress have negative scores? Wasn't there any positive legislation?

The only way for Members of Congress to get a positive score was for them to have a recorded vote abstaining or voting against a negative resolution. There was only one recorded vote among the pieces of legislation on this scorecard, which is why so few Members of Congress have positive scores.

Of all the legislation introduced in this Congress, we didn’t deem any to be positive.

Didn't Members of Congress do anything positive?

Yes, absolutely. See below for some positive “Dear Colleague” letters which we couldn’t display in the scorecard since they are not actual pieces of legislation.

Why did some Members of Congress get a fraction of a score?

Members of Congress got a positive 1/2 point for abstaining or not voting on negative legislation which had a recorded vote.

Why is there a blank column in the bill score?

Just ignore the blank column. It’s something we had to insert to get the data to display correctly.

So what should I do with this information?

Tell your Members of Congress your thoughts on their positions. Attend townhall meetings and schedule lobbying visits with them. Get involved in our campaigns to change US policy to end support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians.

Who are my Members of Congress?

Click here to look up your Members of Congress and their contact information.

Positive “Dear Colleague” Letters

“Dear Colleague” letters are not official pieces of legislation, but are nevertheless important policy statements that Members of Congress make. Here are three positive “Dear Colleague” letters from the 114th Congress.

Opposing Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children
June 19, 2015

This letter, led by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), called on Secretary of State John Kerry “to address the status of Israel’s military detention system’s treatment of Palestinian children in its annual human rights report.”

Read the full text of the letter here. Signed by the following 19 Members of Congress:

  1. Rep. Betty McCollum
  2. Rep. John Conyers
  3. Rep. Keith Ellison
  4. Rep. Barbara Lee
  5. Rep. Danny Davis
  6. Rep. Raul Grijalva
  7. Rep. Andre Carson
  8. Rep. Anna Eshoo
  9. Rep. Peter DeFazio
  10. Rep. Earl Blumenauer
  11. Rep. Jim McDermott
  12. Rep. Chellie Pingree
  13. Rep. Bobby Rush
  14. Rep. Jim McGovern
  15. Rep. Maxine Waters
  16. Rep. Hank Johnson
  17. Rep. Don Beyer
  18. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton
  19. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
Calling for Accountability on Israeli, Egyptian Use of Weapons
February 17, 2016

This letter, led by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), called on the State Department to investigate “a disturbing number of reports of possible gross violations of human rights by security forces in Israel and Egypt.”

Read the full text of the letter here. Signed by the following 11 Members of Congress:

  1. Rep. Hank Johnson
  2. Sen. Patrick Leahy
  3. Rep. Raul Grijalva
  4. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton
  5. Rep. Andre Carson
  6. Rep. Sam Farr
  7. Rep. Betty McCollum
  8. Rep. Chellie Pingree
  9. Rep. Jim McDermott
  10. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
  11. Rep. Jim McGovern
Appointing a Special Envoy for Palestinian Children
June 20, 2016

This letter, led by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), called on President Obama to “elevate the human rights of Palestinian children to a priority status in our bilateral relations with Israel” by appointing a special envoy.

Read the full text of the letter here. Signed by the following 20 Members of Congress:

  1. Rep. Betty McCollum
  2. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
  3. Rep. Andre Carson
  4. Rep. John Conyers
  5. Rep. Earl Blumenauer
  6. Rep. Don Beyer
  7. Rep. Barbara Lee
  8. Rep. Keith Ellison
  9. Rep.Hank Johnson
  10. Rep. Bobby RUsh
  11. Rep. Marcy Kaptur
  12. Rep. Chellie Pingree
  13. Rep. Danny Davis
  14. Rep. Peter DeFazio
  15. Rep. Raul Grijalva
  16. Rep. Sam Farr
  17. Rep. Luis Gutierrez
  18. Rep. Jim McDermott
  19. Rep.Yvette Clarke
  20. Rep. Mark Pocan
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