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
message thanking them for their votes or
persuading them to vote differently next time.
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
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.