June 05, 2017

Did Congress Represent Us?

Our national office has evaluated the 2016 congressional votes.

Senator Bernie Sanders with Tony Padilla
Senator Bernie Sanders with Tony Padilla
For Immediate Release
June 5, 2017
Contact: David Blank – 202/637-5275 or

Retiree Voting Record Released

President Roach: “We clearly need changes in our leadership”

Washington, DC – The Alliance for Retired Americans today released its 2016 voting record report which scored every U.S. Representative and Senator on issues affecting current and future retirees. The Alliance’s voting record is produced each year. The 2016 report examined 10 key Senate and House votes in 2016, showing the roll calls on issues such as:

  • attacks on core earned benefits programs: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid;
  • health care policy, including repealing the individual and employer mandates, expanding Medicaid, and offering tax subsidies that help older Americans aged 50-64 purchase health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges; and
  • tax breaks for higher income Americans and tax increases for lower-income and middle class families

How About the Texans?

Our Secretary, Tony Padilla, has already looked up the Texas congresspersons. He writes, “The report states that U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas each had zeroes from ARA in 2016, though Cruz was absent for most of the votes while campaigning for president. Cruz’s lifetime record is 11 percent; Cornyn’s is 6 percent.

On the House side, in the Texas delegation every Democrat, with one exception, was at 100 percent while every Republican was at 0 for 2016. The exception was Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, who was at 80 percent. Lifetime scores for Republican House members are in the single digits (though none at zero); Democrats are either in the 90s or at 100 percent, with the exception of Cuellar at 80 percent.

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