Votes for Children
Bills Sponsored or Cosponsored
Action Against the Interests of Children
Sen. Merkley represents a state with a child poverty rate of 15.7 percent. 6.8 percent of children in this state are in extreme poverty, 18.9 percent are food insecure, and 3.6 percent lack health insurance. During the 116th Congress, Sen. Merkley has taken 2 votes that would help the children in his state. He has introduced 8 bills and cosponsored 66 bills to help children. Sen. Merkley has taken 1 action in support of legislation we believe to be against the interests of children.
This report card includes information on more than 800 bills introduced during this Congress. So far, Sen. Merkley has taken the following action during this Congress:
As with any scorecard, this tool is inherently limited. Some members may score differently than they might expect because a committee assignment requires they work primarily on issues outside the scope of CDF’s portfolio. Additionally, because the important work done by leadership in Congress is not entirely captured by our model, Members of Congress in leadership roles tend to appear near the middle of our range of grades. There are some data limitations as well. A truly comprehensive measure of action taken on behalf of children would likely include things like floor statements, committee votes, votes on amendments, public leadership, and much more. An expansion of this Report Card to include those additional data may be possible in the future.
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