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Congressional Scorecards

Congressional Scorecards

PAAIA’s Congressional Scorecards rate votes, sponsorships, and statements by members of Congress that affect and are of importance to the Iranian American community. Published biennially, the primary purpose of the scorecards is to ensure that Iranian Americans are informed of the voting records and performances of their members of Congress. In addition, the scorecard aims to hold members of Congress accountable for their votes and positions on issues of concern to the Iranian American community. The scorecard is an informational tool used by PAAIA and its affiliated organizations and does not indicate approval or disapproval of specific members of Congress.

Scorecard for the 115th Congress

In this scorecard, PAAIA focuses on legislation and congressional actions regarding U.S.-Iran relations, the Travel Ban, and immigration issues. The designation “S.” refers to a bill in the Senate, while “S.Res.” refers to a resolution in the Senate.

KEY:
Senators who sponsor a bill that PAAIA supports or make a statement condemning the Travel Ban receive an orange o.  Senators who sponsor a bill that PAAIA opposes or make a statement supporting the Travel Ban receive a grey x.  Senators whose positions are unclear receive a yellow u.

StateSenatorPartyS.3517S.Res.368S.Res.245S.1720S.3036S.274S.608S.1979S.Res.56StatementsWaiver Letters
AlabamaShelby, RichardR
Sessions, Jeff*R
Jones, DougDo
AlaskaMurkowski, LisaRu
Sullivan, DanRx
ArizonaMcCain, JohnRo
Flake, JeffRoo
ArkansasBoozman, JohnRo
x
Cotton, TomRo
xx
CaliforniaFeinstein, DianneDooooooo
Harris, KamalaDooooo
ColoradoBennet, MichaelDooooooo
Gardner, CoryRo
o
o
ConnecticutBlumenthal, RichardDo
ooooooo
Murphy, ChrisDoooooooo
DelawareCarper, TomDoooooo
Coons, ChrisDooooooo
FloridaNelson, BillDooooo
Rubio, MarcoRoou
GeorgiaIsakson, JohnnyRo
Perdue, DavidRoxx
HawaiiSchatz, BrianDoooooo
Hirono, MazieDooooooo
IdahoCrapo, MikeRx
Risch, JimRu
IllinoisDurbin, DickDoooooooo
Duckworth, TammyDoooooo
IndianaYoung, ToddRou
Donnelly, JoeDoooo
IowaGrassley, ChuckRx
Ernst, JoniRu
KansasRoberts, PatRo
Moran, JerryRoo
KentuckyMcConnell, MitchRu
Paul, RandRox
LouisianaVitter, DavidRx
Cassidy, BillRo
MaineCollins, SusanRo
King, AngusIoooo
MarylandVan Hollen, ChrisDooooooo-o
Cardin, BenDoooooo
MassachusettsWarren, ElizabethDooooooo
Markey, EdDoooooooo
MichiganStabenow, DebbieDoooo
Peters, GaryDoooooo
MinnesotaKlobuchar, AmyDooooooo
Franken, Al*Dooooo
Smith, TinaDo
MississippiCochran, ThadR
Wicker, RogerRox
MissouriMcCaskill, ClaireDooo
Blunt, RoyRx
MontanaTester, JonDooo
Daines, SteveRox
NebraskaFischer, DebRx
Sasse, BenRo
NevadaCortez Masto, CatherineDooooo
Heller, DeanRoo
New HampshireHassan, MaggieDoooooo
Shaheen, JeanneDooooooo
New JerseyMenendez, BobDoooooo
Booker, CoryDooooooo
New MexicoUdall, TomDooooooo
Heinrich, MartinDooooooo
New YorkSchumer, ChuckDooooooo
Gillibrand, KirstenDooooooo
North CarolinaBurr, RichardR
Tillis, ThomRou
North DakotaHoeven, JohnR
Heitkamp, HeidiDooooo
OhioBrown, SherrodDoooooo
Portman, RobRou
OklahomaInhofe, JimRx
Lankford, JamesRou
OregonWyden, RonDoooooo
Merkley, JeffDoooooooo
PennsylvaniaCasey Jr., BobDoooooo
Toomey, PatRox
Rhode IslandReed, JackDooooooo
Whitehouse, SheldonDoooooo
South CarolinaGraham, LindseyRo
Scott, TimRu
South DakotaThune, JohnRu
Rounds, MikeRx
TennesseeAlexander, LamarRo
Corker, BobRoo
TexasCornyn, JohnRou
Cruz, TedRox
UtahHatch, OrrinRu
Lee, MikeRou
VermontLeahy, PatrickDooooooooo
Sanders, BernieIooooooo
VirginiaWarner, MarkDoooo
Kaine, TimDooooo
WashingtonMurray, PattyDooooo
Cantwell, MariaDooo
West VirginiaManchin, JoeDoo
Moore Capito, ShelleyRox
WisconsinJohnson, RonRo
Baldwin, TammyDoooooo
WyomingEnzi, MikeR
Barrasso, JohnRoo

U.S. – Iran Relations

S. 3517 – A Bill to Limit the Use of Funds for Kinetic Military Operations in or Against Iran
This legislation aims to prohibit the use of any funding for an attack against Iran that is not authorized by Congress. This legislation cites Iran’s regional behavior as a cause for the growing tensions between the United States and Iran. It also recognizes that U.S. withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal accompanied by harsh rhetoric from the Trump administration has significantly increased the potential for conflict. Recognizing these potential consequences, the introduced legislation reaffirms the War Powers Act which grants Congress the sole power to declare war. Co-sponsors hope to block any escalation that could lead to an undesirable war in the Middle East.

PAAIA has endorsed this legislation. Co-sponsors of this bill receive an orange o.

Primary Sponsor: Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)
Co-Sponsors: 9
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

 

S.Res.368 – A Resolution Supporting the Right of All Iranian Citizens to Have Their Voices Heard
This resolution urges the State Department to work with the international community to ensure that human rights are included in multilateral and bilateral discussions with and regarding Iran. The legislation also expresses support for the people of Iran’s right to protest without fear of governmental violence and retribution and condemns the government of Iran over its human rights violations. The resolution encourages the President, State Department and U.S. Ambassador to the UN to work with the UN Security Council and UN Human Rights Council to condemn Iran’s human rights violations. It was introduced in response to the December 2017 protests in Iran.

Co-sponsors of this bill receive an orange o.

Primary Sponsors: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Co-Sponsors: 44
Status: In the Committee on Foreign Relations

 

S.Res.245 – A Resolution Calling on the Government of Iran to Release Unjustly Detained United States Citizens and Legal Permanent Resident Aliens, and for Other Purposes
This resolution calls on the government of Iran to release Siamak Namazi, Xiyue Wang, and Nizar Zakka from detention as well as to locate and return Robert Levinson. This resolution requests that the U.S. President prioritize the return of these individuals and of any U.S. citizen detained unjustly by the Iranian government. The resolution recommends the U.S. and its allies establish a multinational task force dedicated to securing the release of the detainees from the countries involved in the task force.

Co-sponsors of this bill receive an orange o.

Primary Sponsors: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Co-Sponsors: 9
Status: Passed with Unanimous Consent

 

Immigration

S.1120 – RAISE Act
This bill eliminates the diversity visa program and also replaces the employment visa system with a skills-based point system that would only modestly increase the employment-based quota while also decrease the overall amount of visas issued per year. In addition, it eliminates several family-based immigration preferences, and limits the number of refugees given permanent resident status to 50,000 annually. Additionally, it prohibits the naturalization of immigrants if they received public benefits and have not repaid the federal government.

Co-sponsors of this bill receive a grey x.

Primary Sponsors: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Co-Sponsors: 2
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

 

5.2026 – Keep Families Together Act
This bill resolves to prevent family separations at any U.S. border or port of entry. Children without permanent immigrant status cannot be removed from their parent or legal guardian within 100 miles of the U.S. border or near the port of entry. The bill explicitly condemns the removal of children from their parents or legal guardian for the purpose of deterring migration to the U.S. or promoting immigration law compliance. PAAIA’s legislative counsel worked on this issue, leading efforts to reunite families at the border.

Co-sponsors of this bill receive an orange o.

Primary Sponsor: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Co-Sponsors: 48
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

 

Travel Ban

5.274 – A Bill to Nullify the Effect of the Recent Executive Order that Temporarily Restricted Individuals from Certain Countries from Entering the United States
This bill is one of three bills that prohibits the use of governmental resources, monetary or otherwise, to implement the first iteration of the Travel Ban.

PAAIA has actively opposed the Travel Ban and endorses this legislation.
Co-sponsors of this bill receive an orange o.

Primary Sponsor: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Co-Sponsors: 46
Status: Read the second time.

 

5.608 – A Bill to Nullify the Effect of March 6, 2017, Executive Order that Temporarily Restricts Most Nationals from Six Countries from Entering the United States
This bill is one of three bills that prohibits the use of governmental resources, monetary or otherwise, to implement the second iteration of the Travel Ban.

PAAIA has actively opposed the Travel Ban and endorses this legislation.
Co-sponsors of this bill receive an orange o.

Primary Sponsor: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Co-Sponsors: 38
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

 

5.1979 – A Bill to Block the Implementation of Certain Presidential Actions that Restrict Individuals from Certain Countries from Entering the United States
This bill is one of three bills that prohibits the use of governmental resources, monetary or otherwise, to implement the third iteration of the Travel Ban.

PAAIA has actively opposed the Travel Ban and endorses this legislation.
Co-sponsors of this bill receive an orange o.

Primary Sponsor: Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT )
Co-Sponsors: 32
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

 

S.Res.56 – A Resolution Expressing the Sense of the Senate that the United States Should Remain a Global Leader in Welcoming and Providing Refuge to Refugees and Asylum Seekers & that No Person Should be Banned from Entering the United States because of their Nationality, Race, Ethnicity, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, or Gender.
This resolution determines that the first two iterations of the travel ban undermine the national interest of the U.S. The resolution expresses the sense of congress that the U.S. should continue to welcome and provide refuge to refugees and asylum seekers and should not ban individuals based on their nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender.

Co-sponsors of this bill receive an orange o.

Primary Sponsor: Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT)
Co-Sponsors: 30
Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

 

Letters in Support of Travel Ban Waiver Clarification / Amendment for Clarification of Waivers
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the stay on the Travel Ban, the coalition partners and our attorneys received numerous reports that long-pending visa applications are being denied to Iranian nationals and waivers are not being implemented. At PAAIA’s and our coalition partners’ urging, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sent letters to the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to seek clarification on the “waiver provisions” outlined in President Trump’s latest Travel Ban. Following the letters, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced an amendment that would require public reporting on President Trump’s Travel Ban as part of the 2019 State Department Budget.

Authors of letters and amendments receive an orange o.

Primary Sponsor: Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Letter Authors: Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ),
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)
Status: Amendment passed the Senate

 

Statements on Original Implementation of the Travel Ban
We looked at statements from Senators to determine their stance on the initial Travel Ban order as it was being implemented in real time. The controversial order caused much chaos and protests. While the original order was blocked by the courts, rescinded and revised, statements provide an indication of how the Senator viewed the original order as a means to come out in support, oppose, or remain neutral on the policy.

Senators who issued statements in support of the Travel Ban receive a grey x. Senators who issued statements against the Travel Ban receive an orange o. Senators whose statements were unclear in their position receive a yellow u.

The statements we used in our scoring can be found here.

In this scorecard, PAAIA focuses on legislation and congressional actions regarding U.S.-Iran relations, the Travel Ban, and immigration issues. We have also included a “Nowruz” section for the resolution introduced in the House of Representatives that celebrates and brings awareness to Nowruz. “H.R.” refers to a bill in the House of Representatives, while “H.Res.” refers to a resolution in the House of Representatives.

KEY:
Representatives who sponsor a bill that PAAIA supports receive a dark orange oo.  Representatives who vote in favor of a bill that PAAIA supports or make a statement condemning the Travel Ban receive an orange o.  Representatives who sponsor a bill that PAAIA opposes receive a dark grey xx.  Representatives who vote in favor of a bill that PAAIA opposes or make a statement supporting the Travel Ban receive a grey x.  Representatives whose positions are unclear receive a yellow u.

 

StateDistrictRepresentativePartyH.Res.676H.Res.317H.R.5515 Amendments 74 and 75H.R.3810H.R.3775H.R.4760H.Res.211H.R.724H.R.1503H.R.4271Statement
Alabama1Byrne, BradleyRoxx
2Roby, MarthaRoxx
3Rogers, Mike D.Roxx
4Aderholt, Robert B.Roxxx
5Brooks, MoRoxxxx
6Palmer, Gary J.Roxx
7Sewell, Terri A.Dooooo
AlaskaYoung, DonRoxx
Arizona1O'Halleran, TomDooo
2McSally, MarthaRooxxu
3Grijalva, Raul M.Dooooooooo
4Gosar, Paul A.Roox
5Biggs, AndyRoox
6Schweikert, DavidRoxx
7Gallego, RubenDooooooo
Franks, Trent*x
8Lesko, DebbieRxx
9Sinema, KyrstenDooo
Arkansas1Crawford, Eric A. "Rick"Roxxx
2Hill, J. FrenchRoxx
3Womack, SteveRox
4Westerman, BruceRoxxx
California1LaMalfa, DougRoxx
2Huffman, JaredDooooooooo
3Garamendi, JohnDooooo
4McClintock, TomRoxxx
5Thompson, MikeDooooooo
6Matsui, Doris O.Dooooooo
7Bera, AmiDoooooooooo
8Cook, PaulRooooxx
9McNerney, JerryDoooooo
10Denham, JeffRoou
11DeSaulnier, MarkDooooooooo
12Pelosi, NancyDooooo
13Lee, BarbaraDooooooooooo
14Speier, JackieDooooooooo
15Swalwell, EricDooooooooooo
16Costa, JimDooo
17Khanna, RoDooooooooo
18Eshoo, Anna G.Dooooooooooo
19Lofgren, ZoeDooooooooooo
20Panetta, JimmyDooooooo
21Valadao, David G.Rooo
22Nunes, DevinRoxx
23McCarthy, KevinRox
24Carbajal, SaludDooooooo
25Knight, StephenRoox
26Brownley, JuliaDooooooo
27Chu, JudyDooooooooooo
28Schiff, Adam B.Doooooooooo
29Cardenas, TonyDooooooooo
30Sherman, BradDoooooooooo
31Aguilar, PeteDooooooo
32Napolitano, Grace F.Dooooooooo
33Lieu, TedDoooooooooo
34Becerra, XavierDoo
35Torres, Norma J.Dooooooooo
36Ruiz, RaulDooooooo
37Bass, KarenDooooooo
38Sanchez, Linda T.Dooooooo
39Royce, Edward R.Rooooxu
40Roybal-Allard, LucilleDooooooo
41Takano, MarkDooooooo
42Calvert, KenRoxx
43Waters, MaxineDooooo
44Barragan, Nanette DiazDooooooo
45Walters, MimiRox
46Correa, LouDoooooooo
47Lowenthal, Alan S.Dooooooooooo
48Rohrabacher, DanaRoooox
49Issa, Darrell E.Roxx
50Hunter, Duncan D.Roxxxx
51Vargas, JuanDooooooo
52Peters, Scott H.Dooooooooo
53Davis, Susan A.Dooooooo
Colorado1DeGette, DianaDooooooo
2Polis, JaredDooooo
3Tipton, Scott R.Roxx
4Buck, KenRoxxx
5Lamborn, DougRoooxxx
6Coffman, MikeRooooo
7Perlmutter, EdDooooooo
Connecticut1Larson, John B.Dooooooo
2Courtney, JoeDooooooo
3DeLauro, Rosa L.Dooooooooo
4Himes, James A.Dooooooo
5Esty, Elizabeth H.Dooooooo
DelawareAt LargeRochester, Lisa BluntDooooooooo
Florida1Gaetz, MattRoxx
2Dunn, NealRoxx
3Yoho, Ted S.Rooooxxx
4Rutherford, JohnRoxxx
5Lawson, AlDooooooo
6DeSantis, RonRooxx
7Murphy, StephanieDooooooo
8Posey, BillRoxxx
9Soto, DarrenDooooooooo
10Demings, ValDooooooo
11Webster, DanielRoxxxx
12Bilirakis, Gus M.Rooxxx
13Crist, CharlieDooooooo
14Castor, KathyDooooooo
15Ross, Dennis A.Roxx
16Buchanan, VernRooxx
17Rooney, Thomas J.Rooox
18Mast, BrianRox
19Rooney, FrancisRoooxxxxx
20Hastings, Alcee L.Doooooooo
21Frankel, LoisDoo o
22Deutch, Theodore E.Doooooooooo
23Wasserman Schultz, DebbieDooooooo
24Wilson, Frederica S.Doooooooo
25Diaz-Balart, MarioRoooox
26Curbelo, CarlosRoou
27Ros-Lehtinen, IleanaRoooooo
Georgia1Carter, Earl L. "Buddy"Roxxxxx
2Bishop, Sanford D., Jr.Dooooox
3Ferguson, DrewRoxox
4Johnson, Henry C. Hank, Jr.Doooooox
5Lewis, JohnDooooooo
Price, Tom*x
6Handel, Karen C.Roxxo
7Woodall, RobRoxx
8Scott, AustinRoxo
9Collins, DougRoxxo
10Hice, Jody B.Roxxxxx
11Loudermilk, BarryRoxxx
12Allen, Rick W.Roxo
13Scott, DavidDooo
14Graves, TomRoxx
Hawaii1Hanabusa, ColleenDvoooooooo
2Gabbard, TulsiDooooo
Idaho1Labrador, Raul R.Roxxx
2Simpson, Michael K.Roooox
Illinois1Rush, Bobby L.Dooooooo
2Kelly, Robin L.Dooooooo
3Lipinski, DanielDooooo
4Gutierrez, Luis V.Dooooooooooo
5Quigley, MikeDooooooo
6Roskam, Peter J.Roox
7Davis, Danny K.Dooooooo
8Krishnamoorthi, RajaDooooooo
9Schakowsky, Janice D.Dooooooooooo
10Schneider, BradDoooooooo
11Foster, BillDoooooooo
12Bost, MikeRoxo
13Davis, RodneyRoxx
14Hultgren, RandyRoxo
15Shimkus, JohnRoxx
16Kinzinger, AdamRoxu
17Bustos, CheriDooooooo
18LaHood, DarinRox
Indiana1Visclosky, Peter J.Dooooooooo
2Walorski, JackieRoxx
Stutzman, Marlin A.*Rx
3Banks, JimRoxxxxu
4Rokita, ToddRooxxx
5Brooks, Susan W.Roxu
6Messer, LukeRoxxx
7Carson, AndreDooooooooo
8Bucshon, LarryRoxxx
9Hollingsworth, TreyRox
Iowa1Blum, RodRoxx
2Loebsack, DavidDooooo
3Young, DavidRoxx
4King, SteveRoxxox
Kansas1Marshall, RogerRooxx
2Jenkins, LynnRoxx
3Yoder, KevinRoxx
Pompeo, Mike*Rx
4Estes, RonRox
Kentucky1Comer, JamesRoxxx
2Guthrie, BrettRox
3Yarmuth, John A.Doooooo
4Massie, ThomasRxo
5Rogers, HaroldRoxx
6Barr, AndyRoxxx
Louisiana1Scalise, SteveRvxxx
2Richmond, Cedric L.Dooooooo
3Higgins, ClayRoxxx
4Fleming, JohnRoxx
5Abraham, Ralph LeeRoxxx
6Graves, GarretRoxx
Maine1Pingree, ChellieDoooooo
2Poliquin, BruceRoxxu
Maryland1Harris, AndyRoxxxxx
2Ruppersberger, C. A. DutchDooooooo
3Sarbanes, John P.Dooooooooo
4Brown, AnthonyDooooooo
5Hoyer, Steny H.Dooooooo
6Delaney, John K.Dooooooooo
7Cummings, Elijah E.Doooooooo
8Jamie RaskinDooooooooooo
Massachusetts1Neal, Richard E.Dooooo
2McGovern, James P.Dooooooooooooo
3Tsongas, NikiDooooooo
4Kennedy, Joseph P., IIIDooooooooo
5Clark, Katherine M.Dooooooo
6Moulton, SethDooooooooooo
7Capuano, Michael E.Dooooooo
8Lynch, Stephen F.Dooooooo
9Keating, William R.Dooooooo
Michigan1Bergman, JackRoxx
2Lewis, JasonRoxo
3Amash, JustinRooo
4Moolenaar, John R.Roxu
5Kildee, Daniel T.Dooooooooooo
6Upton, FredRooo
7Walberg, TimRoxxu
8Bishop, MikeRoxxu
9Levin, Sander M.Dooooooo
10Mitchell, PaulRoxx
11Trott, David A.Roxx
12Dingell, DebbieDooooooooo
13Conyers, John, Jr.Doooooooo
14Lawrence, Brenda L.Dooooooo
Minnesota1Walz, Timothy J.Doooooooo
2Kline, JohnRoxu
3Paulsen, ErikRooo
4McCollum, BettyDooooooo
5Ellison, KeithDooooooooooooooo
6Emmer, TomRoxx
7Peterson, Collin C.Doou
8Nolan, Richard M.Dooooooooo
Mississippi1Kelly, TrentRoxx
2Thompson, Bennie G.Dooooooo
3Harper, GreggRox
4Palazzo, Steven M.Roxxx
Missouri1Clay, Wm. LacyDooooooo
2Wagner, AnnRoxxx
3Luetkemeyer, BlaineRoxx
4Hartzler, VickyRoxxx
5Cleaver, EmanuelDooooooo
6Graves, SamRoxxx
7Long, BillyRoxxx
8Smith, JasonRox
MontanaAt LargeZinke, Ryan K.Rox
Nebraska1Fortenberry, JeffRoxxu
2Bacon, DonRoxxx
3Smith, AdrianRoxu
Nevada1Titus, DinaDooooooo
2Amodei, Mark E.Roxu
3Rosen, JackyDooooo
4Kihuen, RubenDooooooo
New Hampshire1Shea-Porter, CarolDooooooo
2Kuster, Ann M.Dooooooo
New Jersey1Norcross, DonaldDooooooo
2LoBiondo, Frank A.Rooo
3MacArthur, ThomasRoox
4Smith, Christopher H.Rooox
5Gottheimer, JoshDoooo
6Pallone, Frank, Jr.Dooooooo
7Lance, LeonardRoooo
8Sires, AlbioDoooooooooo
9Pascrell, Bill, Jr.Doooooooo
10Payne, Donald M., Jr.Doooooo
11Frelinghuysen, Rodney P.Roou
12Watson Coleman, BonnieDooooooooo
New Mexico1Lujan Grisham, MichelleDooooooo
2Pearce, StevanRoxxx
3Lujan, Ben RayDooooooo
New York1Zeldin, Lee M.Roooxx
2King, Peter T.Roox
3Suozzi, TomDoooooooo
4Rice, Kathleen M.Doooooooooo
5Meeks, Gregory W.Dooooooo
6Meng, GraceDoooooooooo
7Velazquez, Nydia M.Dooooooo
8Jeffries, Hakeem S.Doooooo
9Clarke, Yvette D.Dooooooooooo
10Nadler, JerroldDooooooo
11Donovan, Daniel M., Jr.Rooooxx
12Maloney, Carolyn B.Dooooooooo
13Espaillat, AdrianoDooooooo
14Crowley, JosephDooooooo
15Serrano, Jose E.Dooooooooo
16Engel, Eliot L.Doooooooooo
17Lowey, Nita M.Doooooooooo
18Maloney, Sean PatrickDooooo
19Faso, JohnRoou
20Tonko, PaulDooooooo
21Stefanik, Elise M.Rooo
22Tenney, ClaudiaRooxxx
23Reed, TomRoox
24Katko, JohnRoou
25Slaughter, Louise McIntoshDoooooooo
26Higgins, BrianDooooooo
27Collins, ChrisRoxx
North Carolina1Butterfield, G. K.Dooooooo
2Holding, GeorgeRoxx
3Jones, Walter B., Jr.Rxooxxx
4Price, David E.Dooooooo
5Foxx, VirginiaRoxx
6Walker, MarkRoxxu
7Rouzer, DavidRoxxx
8Hudson, RichardRoxxxxx
9Pittenger, RobertRoxxxxx
10McHenry, Patrick T.Rox
11Meadows, MarkRoooxx
12Adams, Alma S.Doooooo
13Budd, TedRoxx
North DakotaAt LargeCramer, KevinRoxxx
Ohio1Chabot, SteveRoooxxu
2Wenstrup, Brad R.Roxxx
3Beatty, JoyceDooooooo
4Jordan, JimRoxx
5Latta, Robert E.Rooxu
6Johnson, BillRoxxx
7Gibbs, BobRoxxx
8Davidson, WarrenRoxxxx
9Kaptur, MarcyDooooooo
10Turner, Michael R.Rooou
11Fudge, Marcia L.Dooooooo
12Tiberi, Patrick J.Rou
13Ryan, TimDooooooo
14Joyce, David P.Roxu
15Stivers, SteveRoxxo
16Renacci, James B.Rvxx
Oklahoma1Bridenstine, JimRox
2Mullin, MarkwayneRoxx
3Lucas, Frank D.Roxx
4Cole, TomRoooxx
5Russell, SteveRoox
Oregon1Bonamici, SuzanneDooooooo
2Walden, GregRoxu
3Blumenauer, EarlDooooooooo
4DeFazio, Peter A.Dooooooo
5Schrader, KurtDooooooo
Pennsylvania1Brady, Robert A.Dooooooo
2Evans, DwightDooooooo
3Kelly, MikeRoxxx
4Perry, ScottRoxxxx
5Thompson, GlennRoxxu
6Costello, Ryan A.Roou
7Meehan, PatrickRo
8Fitzpatrick, BrianRooo
9Shuster, BillRoox
10Marino, TomRoxx
11Barletta, LouRoxxxxx
12Rothfus, Keith J.Roxxx
13Boyle, Brendan F.Doooooooo
14Doyle, Michael F.Dooooooo
15Dent, Charles W.Roo
16Smucker, LloydRoxxx
17Cartwright, MattDooooooo
18Murphy, TimRoou
Rhode Island1Cicilline, David N.Dooooooooooo
2Langevin, James R.Dooooooooo
South Carolina1Sanford, MarkRoxxu
2Wilson, JoeRoooxxx
3Duncan, JeffRoxxxxx
4Gowdy, TreyRoxxu
5Mulvaney, MickRoxx
6Clyburn, James E.Dooooooo
7Rice, TomRoxx
South DakotaAt LargeNoem, Kristi L.Roox
Tennessee1Roe, David P.Roxxx
2Duncan, John J., Jr.Roxxxxx
3Fleischmann, Charles J. ChuckRoxx
4DesJarlais, ScottRoxxx
5Cooper, JimDooooooo
6Black, DianeRoxxx
7Blackburn, MarshaRxxx
8Kustoff, DavidRoxx
9Cohen, SteveDooooooooo
Texas1Gohmert, LouieRoox
2Poe, TedRooooxxx
3Johnson, SamRoxx
4Ratcliffe, JohnRoxx
5Hensarling, JebRoxxx
6Barton, JoeRoxxx
7Culberson, John AbneyRoxxx
8Brady, KevinRox
9Green, AlDooooooooo
10McCaul, Michael T.Roxxxxu
11Conaway, K. MichaelRoxx
12Granger, KayRoxxu
13Thornberry, MacRox
14Weber, Randy K., Sr.Roooxx
15Gonzalez, VicenteDooooo
16O Rourke, BetoDooooooo
17Flores, BillRoxxx
18Jackson Lee, SheilaDooooooooo
19Arrington, JodeyRoxxx
20Castro, JoaquinDoooooooo
21Smith, LamarRoxxxxx
22Olson, PeteRoxxx
23Hurd, WillRooo
24Marchant, KennyRoxxxx
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2Stewart, ChrisRoooxx
3Chaffetz, JasonRoxx
4Love, Mia B.Roox
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8Gallagher, MikeRoxu
WyomingAt LargeCheney, LizRox

U.S. – Iran Relations

H.Res.676 – Supporting the Rights of the People of Iran to Free Expression, Condemning the Iranian Regime for its Crackdown on Legitimate Protests, and for Other Purposes.
This resolution expresses the House of Representatives’ support for the peaceful protests of the Iranian people. The resolution condemns the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses, corruption, and destabilizing activities abroad. The resolution calls on other democratic governments and institutions across the world to support the Iranian people’s right to
assembly and freedom. The resolution also calls on the Iranian government to oblige by its international obligations of protecting the human rights and civil liberties of its people.

The resolution specifically calls on the U.S. government to expedite the license of communications technology to Iran and include human rights in all multilateral or bilateral discussions with and regarding Iran. Additionally, the resolution calls on companies to reject requests from the Iranian government that blocks the people of Iran from social media and other communication platforms.

PAAIA has advocated for the expansion of trade exemptions for telecommunication tools
that would promote civil society in Iran.
Sponsors of this bill receive a dark orange oo. Representatives that voted ‘yes’ but did not co-sponsor receive an orange o. Representatives that voted ‘no’ receive a grey x.

Primary Sponsor: Rep. Edward R. Royce (R-CA-39)
Co-Sponsors: 41
Status: Passed; 415 – 2

 

H.Res.317 – Calling for the Unconditional Release of United States Citizens and Legal Permanent Resident Aliens Being Held for Political Purposes by the Government of Iran.
This resolution calls on the government of Iran to release unjustly detained American permanent residents and citizens, such as Siamak Namazi, Baquer Namazi, Xiyue Wang, and Nizar Zakka. It calls on the President to make the release of these individuals one of the highest priorities and to take meaningful action to secure their release. It also calls for the creation of a multinational task force to work on the release of the detainees.

Cosponsors of this bill receive a dark orange oo.

Primary Sponsor: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27)
Co-Sponsors: 43
Status: Resolution passed by voice vote

 

H.R.5515 – Amendments 74 and 75: No Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iran in National Defense  Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2019
These amendments clarify Congress’ position that nothing in the NDAA could be used to justify military action against Iran and that no law exists that gives the President power to use military force against Iran.

Co-sponsors of this bill receive a dark orange oo.

Primary Sponsor: Keith Ellison (D-MN-5)
Co-Sponsors: 5
Status: Passed the House but not included in final version of the bill

 

H. R.3810 – Commission to Verify Iranian Nuclear Compliance Act
This legislation calls for the establishment of a Congressional-Executive commission with bipartisan appointed staff to verify Iran’s compliance with its obligations and commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The committee would annually assess the efficacy of the safeguards and control mechanisms in the JCPOA to ensure that Iran’s nuclear-related activities do not further it’s nuclear-related military or nuclear explosive capacities. Additionally, the committee would assess the capacity and capability of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in its checks and verifications of Iran’s compliance to the JCPOA.

PAAIA endorsed this legislation in order to ensure enduring oversight of and to preserve the JCPOA.
Co-sponsors of this bill receive a dark orange oo.

Primary Sponsor: Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA-11)
Co-Sponsors: 14
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

 

Immigration

H.R.4760- Securing America’s Future Act of 2018
This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to end the diversity visa programs, revise the annual immigration levels, raise the limit on employment-based immigrants, and establish DNA testing to establish family relationships. The bill also makes sanctuary cities illegal by prohibiting federal, state, or local governments from not complying with federal, state, or local governments regarding immigration laws or assisting related federal law enforcement activities.
This bill significantly reduces and alters family-sponsored immigration to the U.S. by eliminating the ability of U.S. citizens to sponsor their parents, adult children, and adult siblings for green cards. Additionally, it prevents lawful permanent residents (LPRs) from sponsoring their adult unmarried children for green cards. Overall, the bill drastically reduces the ability of U.S. citizens in having their families come join them in the U.S.

Co-sponsors of this bill receive a dark grey xx. Representatives that voted ‘yes’ but did not co-sponsor receive a grey x. Representatives that voted ‘no’ receive an orange o.

Primary Sponsor: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6)
Co-Sponsors: 99
Status: Passage failed/not agreed to in House: On passage Failed by recorded vote: 193-231

 

H.R.3775 – Immigration in the National Interest Act of 2017
This resolution changes the Immigration and Nationality act to terminate the Diversity Visa Program, set limits on the number of refugees admitted annually to the U.S. to 50,000, establish a skills-based immigration points system, and rolling back family-based immigration. The proposed legislation removes the ability of U.S. citizens from sponsoring their parents and reduces the amount of family-sponsored immigrants that would be accepted into the U.S. annually.

Co-sponsors of this bill receive a dark grey xx.

Primary Sponsor: Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX-21)
Co-Sponsors: 22
Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

 

Nowruz

H.Res.211 – Recognizing the Cultural and Historical Significance of Nowruz
This resolution recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz and wishes Iranian Americans, the people of Iran, and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year. In addition to commemorating the Nowruz holiday, the resolution acknowledges the “lasting contributions” of Persian civilization to the world and the “noteworthy” impact Iranian Americans have had on the social and economic fabric of America. The resolution also underscores the importance of human rights and religious tolerance for not only the people of Iran, but for people everywhere, and supports the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people.

PAAIA urged the introduction of the Nowruz resolution as part of broader efforts to foster greater understanding of Iranian culture, as well as project a positive image of Iranian Americans.
Co-sponsors of this bill receive a dark orange oo.

Primary Sponsor: Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19)
Co-Sponsors: 14
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

 

Travel Ban

H.R.724 – SOLVE Act of 2017 
This bill is one of three bills that prohibits the use of governmental resources, monetary or otherwise, to implement the first iteration of the Travel Ban.

PAAIA has actively opposed the Travel Ban and endorses this legislation.
Co-sponsors of this bill receive a dark orange oo.

Primary Sponsor: Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19)
Co-Sponsors: 188
Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security

 

H.R.1503 – SOLVE Act 2.0 of 2017 
This bill is one of three bills that prohibits the use of governmental resources, monetary or otherwise, to implement the second iteration of the Travel Ban.

PAAIA has actively opposed the Travel Ban and endorses this legislation.
Co-sponsors of this bill receive a dark orange oo.

Primary Sponsor: Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19)
Co-Sponsors: 176
Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security

 

H.R.4271 – To Block the Implementation of Certain Presidential Actions that Restrict Individuals from Certain Countries From Entering the United States
This bill is one of three bills that prohibits the use of governmental resources, monetary or otherwise, to implement the third iteration of the Travel Ban.

PAAIA has actively opposed the Travel Ban and endorses this legislation.
Co-sponsors of this bill receive a dark orange oo.

Primary Sponsor: Judy Chu (D-CA-27)
Co-Sponsors: 34
Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security

 

House of Representatives Statements on the Travel Ban
We looked at statements from members of Congress to determine their stance on the initial Travel Ban order as it was being implemented in real time. The controversial order caused much chaos and protests. While the original order was blocked by the courts, rescinded and revised, statements provide an indication of how a member of congress viewed the original order as a means to come out in support, oppose, or remain neutral on the policy.

Representatives who issued statements in support of the Travel Ban receive a grey x. Representatives who issued statements against the Travel Ban receive an orange o. Representatives whose statements were unclear in their position receive a yellow u.

The statements we used in our scoring can be found here.

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