250 Days: The 115th Republican Congress By the Numbers


250 Days: The 115th Republican Congress By the Numbers

250: Days since the start of this Republican Congress as of September 9, 2017

129: Days the GOP House has been in session, 36 of which were pro-forma days in which the House gaveled in & out in a matter of minutes & no legislative business was completed

Only 56:  Number of bills signed into law, of which 59% were noncontroversial suspensions (such as naming of courthouses); another 25% were partisan GOP special-interest bills that roll back vital protections, including key clean water, consumer, worker safety, and retirement security protections; plus the following 9 bills: Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions bill; VA Choice extension bill; VA Accountability Act; FY 2017 omnibus appropriations; FDA User Fee reauthorization; Veterans Appeal Improvement Act; short-term CR;  a bill giving Defense Secretary Mattis a needed waiver; and Harvey Relief/CR/Debt Limit Extension package

ZERO: Number of significant legislative achievements during the first seven-plus months of a House, Senate, and White House all controlled by Republicans

ZERO: Number of bills to create jobs brought to the House Floor by House Republican Leadership

ZERO: Number of bills that have been considered under an open rule so far this Congress – on pace to break the record for closed rules in a Congressional session

3: Times House Republicans blocked a vote on H.R. 3440, the bipartisan DREAM act, which protects innocent DREAMers from the cruelty of deportation and gives them a path to citizenship (2017 Vote #442, 2017 Vote #457, 2017 Voice Vote)

90: Republicans voted against a bill to provide emergency disaster relief funds for Americans impacted by Hurricane Harvey and to keep the government open until early December, avert a catastrophic default, and ensure the full faith and credit of the United States

3: Times House Republicans blocked a vote on H.R. 685, the Bring Jobs Home Act, which ends tax breaks for corporations sending jobs overseas, and creates new incentives to create good-paying jobs here in the United States (2017 Vote #312, 2017 Vote #339, 2017 Vote #393)

7: Times Republicans have blocked a vote on a bill to require Presidents and candidates for President to disclose their tax returns – despite the fact that 72 percent of Americans want Presidents to disclose their tax returns (2017 Vote #62, 2017 Vote #103, 2017 Vote #199, 2017 Vote #217, 2017 Vote #224, 2017 Vote #263; 2017 Vote #290)

193: Democrats have signed the discharge petition to force a vote on H.R. 305, to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to require any candidate of a major political party for the office of the President to submit their Federal income tax returns for the three most recent years

Only 2: House Republicans joined 163 House Democrats on a letter urging the chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee to ask for copies of President Trump’s tax returns

21: House Ways and Means Republicans blocked H. Res. 479, a Resolution of Inquiry directing the Treasury Secretary to provide the House with President Trump’s personal and business tax returns, from being reported out of the committee favorably.

230: Republicans blocked a vote on a resolution to demand answers on the Trump Administration’s sprawling conflicts of interest and gross abuses of public trust

8: Times Republicans have voted to block bringing up a bill to create a bipartisan, independent, outside commission to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election (2017 Vote #26, 2017 Vote #88, 2017 Vote #93, 2017 Vote #115, 2017 Vote #197, 2017 Vote #204, 2017 Vote #259, 2017 Vote #288)

30: Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee voted against a measure to bar funding for security credentials for someone who is under investigation by a federal law enforcement agency for aiding a foreign government

194: Democrats have signed the discharge petition to force a vote on H.R. 356, to establish the National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election

100: Percent of Republicans voted against preventing anyone who withholds information from the Congressional investigation of the Russian Government’s interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election from benefitting from taxpayer resources

233: Republicans voted against an amendment that would hold government officials to a high ethical standard by ensuring they are not exempt from any civil action related to their public service

2: Times Republicans voted to prevent a vote on H.R. 2510, a bill which creates key new American jobs by providing direct investments in our broken wastewater infrastructure and encouraging innovative investments in clean water projects (2017 Vote #316, 2017 Vote #382)

234: Republicans blocked a vote on H.R. 2933, a critical bill that promotes effective apprenticeships that give students and workers the skills they need to find good-paying jobs

234: Republicans voted to prevent a vote on H.R. 2475, which creates millions of jobs by investing in $100 billion in the physical and digital infrastructure needs of our schools

2: Times House Republicans voted against a “Made in America” amendment requiring that specific infrastructure and construction projects use materials and equipment made in the U.S.A. (2017 Vote #397, Congressional Record H6131)

100: Percent of Republicans voted against raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour within seven years

229: Republicans voted for a GOP anti-worker bait-and-switch bill that undermines the existing right to hard-earned overtime pay – giving employers the flexibility to substitute overtime pay with comp time, while giving employees no guarantee they can use their comp time when they need it

3: Times Republicans blocked a vote on H.R. 1868, a bill that restores Americans’ right to privacy, by preventing Internet service providers from selling Americans’ most intimate personal information, without their knowledge or consent (2017 Vote #211, 2017 Vote #240, 2017 Vote #347)

217: Republicans voted for the disastrous Trumpcare bill, which results in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance coverage, raises out-of-pocket health care costs for millions of American families, imposes a crushing age tax on those ages 50-64, shortens the life of the Medicare Trust Fund, guts the protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and defunds Planned Parenthood for a year

ZERO: Public hearings on the House Republican-backed Trumpcare where lawmakers could hear from outside experts on the implications and consequences of the bill, before it was reported to the House Floor

22-32 million: Americans would lose health coverage under the various iterations of Trumpcare, according CBO

5 Times: How much higher the premiums the GOP-backed Trumpcare would force older Americans in the individual market to pay, compared to what younger Americans pay for health coverage

99: Percent of Republicans voted against shielding newborn children – many of whom do not have Social Security Numbers – from being denied premium tax credits to pay for health insurance

233: Republicans voted against an amendment requiring Association Health Plans to provide coverage for substance abuse treatment as an essential health benefit even as communities across the nation struggle to combat the opioid epidemic

218: Republicans passed a bill to undermine the ability of victims of medical malpractice and the victims of defective or dangerous medical products to be made whole

4: Times Republicans voted for measures attacking women’s health care so far in this Congress, including votes to pass the disastrous Trumpcare bill that attacks women’s health in numerous ways such as defunding Planned Parenthood for a year, to place restrictions on how women can spend private dollars in purchasing health insurance, to cut access to the Title X family planning program and to start the ACA repeal process (2017 Vote #56, 2017 Vote #65, 2017 Vote #99, 2017 Vote #256)

195: Number of countries that signed the historic Paris Accord on climate change in 2015, which President Trump announced the U.S. will now leave – abdicating American leadership on the critical issue of addressing the climate crisis to save the planet for our children and grandchildren

233: Republicans voted to gut the Dodd-Frank Act’s Wall Street reforms, roll back key consumer protections and take us back to the pre-2008 era of unchecked, risky financial market abuses that resulted in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression

2: Times Republicans blocked a vote on a bill to exempt the entire Department of Veterans Affairs from President Trump’s federal hiring freeze (2017 Vote #162, 2017 Vote #302)

21: Percent cut to NIH research for FY 2018 in President Trump’s budget, which would devastate the search for lifesaving cures and treatments for disease

$1.4 trillion: The amount that the Trump budget (which also incorporates the House-passed Trumpcare bill) slashes the Medicaid program over the next 10 years

47:  The percent by which Medicaid will be cut by the year 2027 below current law under the Trump budget (which also incorporates the House-passed Trumpcare bill)

29: Percent cut to the State Department for FY 2018 in the Trump budget, which will do long-lasting damage to our ability to advance and protect America’s interests in the world

31: Percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency for FY 2018 in the Trump budget, which will be an assault on clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet

$193 billion: Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps) in President Trump’s FY18 budget over the next 10 years, despite the fact that more than 80 percent of SNAP benefits go to households with children, seniors, or people with disabilities.

$22 billion: Cuts to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in President Trump’s cruel FY18 budget over the next 10 years

ZERO: Amount of funding in President Trump’s budget for the Social Services Block Grant which provides states with funding for services such as child care and adult day care programs

1.6 million: School-age children that would lose after-school and summer programs as a result of the President’s budget

93: Percent of Republicans voted to allow Internet service providers to collect and sell Americans’ sensitive personal information without consent

2: Times Republicans blocked a vote to restore Internet privacy protections that prevent Internet service providers from selling Americans’ most intimate personal information, including the location of their children, without their knowledge or consent (2017 Vote #211, 2017 Vote #240)

ZERO: Times Speaker Paul Ryan spoke out in opposition to President Trump’s dangerous and unconstitutional Muslim and Refugee Ban

4: Times House Republicans blocked bringing up a bill to rescind President Trump’s dangerous and unconstitutional Muslim and Refugee Ban; days later 2 GOP-appointed and 2 Democratic-appointed federal judges ruled that enforcement of the ban must stop (Congressional Record H717, 2017 Vote #68, 2017 Vote #70, 2017 Vote #74)

233: Republicans voted against a debate on the outdated, sixteen-year-old Authorization for Use of Military Force even after a bipartisan amendment to the defense spending bill requiring Congress to draft and debate an updated AUMF was undemocratically and unilaterally stripped away by Republican leaders

208: Republicans voted for an unconstitutional amendment by Rep. Trent Franks to the NDAA that would have required the Defense Department to analyze the Islamic religion and attempt to assess its elements as a cause of violent extremism

33: House Republicans have signed onto H.R. 140 – an anti-immigrant bill ending birthright citizenship as guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment

225: Republicans passed an anti-immigrant, enforcement only bill (H.R. 3003) that furthers President Trump’s Mass Deportation Plan

100: Percent of Republicans voted against preventing Department of Defense funding to be used to build President Trump’s border wall

ZERO: Thanks to Democrats, the amount of money in the FY 2017 Omnibus for President Trump’s border wall

ZERO: Thanks to Democrats, the amount of money in the FY 2017 Omnibus for President Trump’s deportation force

More Than 160: Number of GOP ‘poison pill’ policy riders, including those that would have undermined women’s health, environmental protections, and Dodd-Frank protections that were dropped from the FY 2017 Omnibus, thanks to Democrats

99: Percent of Republicans voted to block a vote on a bill to strengthen working families and the economy by ensuring access to paid sick leave

229: Republicans voted to block consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help close the gender wage gap, with women on average still earning only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men

229: Republicans voted to overturn a critical rule to make Brady background checks more effective and efficient, by ensuring the names of those prohibited from having guns under federal law are submitted to the background check system – despite 93 percent of Americans supporting these background checks

230: Republicans voted to overturn key anti-corruption provisions that require disclosure of payments by big oil and gas companies to foreign governments for access to natural resources, provisions strongly opposed by Big Oil and Gas

224: Republicans voted to overturn, at the behest of corporate interests, a key rule to protect the drinking water, health, and environment of the people of Appalachia who live near mountaintop removal mining sites, who have suffered elevated levels of lung cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, hypertension, and birth defects

225: Republicans voted for H.R. 806 – the Smoggy Skies Act – to gut the Clean Air Act and undermine decades of public health and environmental progress

231: Republicans voted to prohibit agencies from publicly discussing or disclosing any information that could be interpreted as promoting or generating support for any regulatory action by an agency

100: Percent of Republicans that voted to prevent independent agencies from moving forward with safeguards and protections without a stamp of approval from the White House

227: Republicans voted to overturn a critical workplace safety rule that clarified employers have a continuing obligation to record injuries and illness even if they are not always in compliance with OSHA’s recordkeeping requirement

99: Percent of Republicans voted against an amendment to protect Americans’ public health by prohibiting members of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board from being employed by any corporation or company that has an interest before the Board

11: House Republicans have cosponsored legislation to eliminate the Department of Education (H.R. 899)

234: Republicans voted to strike a critical rule to uphold the accountability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act, thereby undoing key protections for disadvantaged students

100: Percent of Republicans voted against an amendment that would stop efforts to weaken commonsense rules that limit conflicts of interests between Executive Branch employees

At least 17: Current and former White House appointees were granted ethics waivers by the Trump Administration allowing them to bypass ethics rules designed to stop conflicts of interest – including at least one which was supposed to be retroactive.

119: Republicans (a majority) voted in an internal House Conference meeting to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) before public outrage forced GOP leadership to change course

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