If IAK’s new Congressional Scoreboards piqued your interest, but you shied away due to less-than-remarkable computer skills, this is just for you. In a few minutes, you’ll be ready to take on Capitol Hill.
by Kathryn Shihadah
I just spent 2 full months working on an exciting project for If Americans Knew: the “Congressional Scoreboards.” It started out with “Why don’t we check on the Senators who are up for re-election? Let’s see their voting record on some Palestine/Israel bills.” That’s 32 Senators, not a huge job.
Then we decided to add their comments, and then their voting records on ambassadorships for Nikki Haley and David Friedman, and a bunch of other Palestine/Israel shenanigans that took place on Capitol Hill. Then we added the names of their challengers and comments where we could find them, and contributions from pro-Israel PACs. The project kept expanding as we thought of more useful information to include.
THEN “we need to do this for the House of Representatives too.” Why not? – there are only 441 candidates and 441 challengers, give or take!
This addition was really important, daunting as it was, because the House is close to home. The House is where we can (sometimes) go eyeball-to-eyeball with our legislator. We need to know what they’re doing and whether they represent us.
Everyone should check out these Congressional Scoreboards. See what your paid representatives are up to.
If you’re not familiar with the politics of Palestine/Israel, use this resource as a crash course in Israel’s influence on Congress. It’s full of background info on each issue and further reading if you want to learn more.
Let me walk you through some of the features, so you won’t be intimidated when you get there, because it’s rather large, and you need to know your way around so you can get the full benefit.
Take a deep breath
First you’ll choose what to look at – Senate or House. Since the House is such a big group, we’ve divided it into 7 chunks. (You can also get the whole thing at once, but it might take a few minutes to load.) Links to all of the Scoreboards are below. After the chart is loaded, you’ll see a Welcome Screen: