FAIR Releases 113th Congress Voting Report

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2014 FAIR Voting ReportThis week FAIR released our Voting Report to give our members insight into how their lawmakers have tackled the complex and thorny issue of immigration during the 113th Congress. FAIR’s Government Relations team assembled this report by sifting through the immigration votes held in 2013 to 2014 and determining which ones were most important with respect to promoting good immigration policy.

Although the 113th Congress saw fewer bills passed than any other Congress in recent history, the Senate did consider a mass guest worker amnesty bill as well as the nomination of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas to be the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during its first session. For 2013, the Senate report contains votes on key amendments that reached the Senate floor on the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill (S. 744), as well as those on critical procedural moves leading up to the final passage. The report also contains the nomination of Mayorkas, who was under investigation by the DHS Inspector General’s office regarding alleged impropriety in administering the EB-5 program and faced accusations of rubberstamping immigration benefits while at USCIS. By contrast, during the second session in 2014, the Senate avoided immigration almost entirely so the Senate report only contains the vote on emergency funding to address the surge of unaccompanied alien minors crossing the border unlawfully.

In the lower chamber, the House of Representatives took little action on immigration on the House floor in 2013. Therefore, we chose only three immigration-related votes on appropriations to present a picture of each Representative’s position.  On the other hand, in 2014 the House brought several immigration bills to the House floor. For 2014, the House report contains votes on ending President Obama’s administrative amnesty programs, closing loopholes in the tax code exploited by illegal aliens, and emergency funding to address the surge of unaccompanied alien minors crossing the border unlawfully.

We encourage all of our members to review the Voting Report and learn more about how their lawmakers are representing them. You can access the Report here.

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8 Comments

  1. avatar

    How about a scoreboard for WalMart, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Perry family and Toll brothers home builders, the conservative Reaganites like Larry Kudlow, etc.?

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      That’s Where You Old 2012 Report is Wrong

      Its a biased “globalism” brainwash source. Use a neutral source please.

      “…Gianmarco Ottaviano is an Associate of the Globalisation Programme, Centre for Economic
      Performance and Professor of Economics, London School of Economics. Giovanni Peri is a Professor
      of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Davis. Greg Wright is
      a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Essex…”

      Perhaps get a report from a neutral American source too. You open border pundits love brainwashing….

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      What kind of research have You done? Please state the sites where this so called research can be found.Illegal immigration is a security problem,a health problem as well as a social & economic disaster .

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      Good for whose economy? We have had 30 years of unrelenting immigration, legal and illegal, and the result is our middle class is no longer the wealthiest in the world. The middle and working class has lost ground, while the top 2% are raking it in more than they ever did. If it’s their “economy” you’re talking about, you’re right. As for the rest of us, it hasn’t worked out as well.

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        John Winthrop on

        30 years……?….I thought it started it around the 1600’s….and it is still happening……..you guys are blinded……

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          You know what I meant. We have had 30 years of the highest immigration ever into this country. But you have no argument to what I said so you try to word parse. The point being if immigration is such a big boost for the economy, why have the record levels of the last 30 years seen an erosion of the living standards of the middle class.

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    The Open Border Crowd Act Like Amnesty Acceptance is Crucial to Solving Our Current Economic Woes

    The only economic woes its crucial to, is the cronies profitting off slave wages. Basically, the whole nation horrifyingly loses if this happens….so what’s the rush?