115th Congressional Scorecard (2017-2018)

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 in that column. For more advanced use, see the drop-down menu and Export and Filter buttons beneath the tabs.

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

Summary Tab

Click on the Summary tab for the overall score of Members of Congress sorted by high to low score. The Possible Vote Score (1 for Representatives; 2 for Senators) is the maximum score Members of Congress could get. The Vote Index is the percentage that Members of Congress voted for our position (100 is a good vote. 50 is an abstention or non-vote. 0 is a bad vote.)  The Total Score is the overall score for a Member of Congress. Click on the names of any Members of Congress to get more details about their scoring.

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. Representatives are scored on their positions on an anti-BDS bill and a resolution opposing the US abstention on a UN resolution on Israeli settlements. Senators are scored on their positions on these pieces of legislation, plus their positions on another anti-BDS bill, on the confirmation of David Friedman to be ambassador to Israel, and on a resolution on Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem.

Bill Score Tab

On the Bill Score tab, you’ll find total scores for Members of Congress and scores for each piece of legislation. Representatives are scored between +1 (best) and -3 (worst); Senators are scored between 1 (best) and -6 (worst). Click on the names of Members of Congress for more details on how they received their scores.

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 in the House and two in the Senate on our scorecard. As additional votes occur, this tab will display information that is more useful.

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 means there is no recorded vote for that district.

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 green is the highest.

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 anti-BDS are anti-BDS bills. The vote marked David Friedman is on his confirmation to be ambassador to Israel. The resolution marked Jerusalem celebrates Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem. Those marked UN/settlements object to the US abstention on a UN vote condemning Israeli settlements.

This filter can be used on each tab.

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 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. You can also sort the information by clicking on the column header. Press the Clear button to refresh the information.

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

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 is a positive “Dear Colleague” letters from the 115th Congress.

Supporting Palestinian Human Rights Defender Issa Amro
June 28, 2017

This letter, led by Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2), calls on the United States to urge Israel to reconsider its politically-motivated charges against Issa Amro, who faces 18 counts in an Israeli military court for his nonviolent activism against Israeli settlements in the city of Hebron.

Read the full text of the letter here. Signed by the following 32 Members of Congress:

Karen Bass (CA-37), Don Beyer (VA-8), Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), André Carson (IN-7), John Conyers (MI-13), Danny Davis (IL-7), Peter DeFazio (OR-4), Keith Ellison (MN-5), Anna Eshoo (CA-18), Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3), Luis Gutiérrez (IL-4), Jared Huffman (CA-2), Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Hank Johnson (GA-4), Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Betty McCollum (MN-4), Jim McGovern (MA-2), Gwen Moore (WI-4), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-Delegate), Chellie Pingree (ME-1), Mark Pocan (WI-2), David Price (NC-4), Bobby Rush (IL-1), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Peter Welch (VT-At Large).

Frequently Asked Questions

So what should I do with this information?

Tell your Members of Congress your thoughts on their positions. Attend town hall 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?

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