Grading Congress on Income Inequality

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The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) released their first Inequality Report Card this month, an evaluation of each congressional representative’s voting record on 40 bills aimed at reducing income inequality. The legislation ranges from the ” Buffet Rule” that would establish a minimum tax rate for upper-income Americans to increasing the minimum wage and indexing it to inflation.

IPS gave each congressperson a grade, A through F. Find out how your representatives scored by clicking on the map.






The Report Card does reflect a partisan curve: 48 Republican representatives and 11 Republican senators were given an “F”; the lowest grade a Democrat received was a “C.” The report also includes honor (and dishonor) roles that call out the most 99-percent (and one-percent) friendly members of Congress.

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