UAW Congressional Voting Records Show Partisan Spilt

WASHINGTON (PAI)—Congress’ political polarization showed up, as expected, in records and ratings the UAW compiled covering 2013.

The figures, in the union’s briefing materials for its legislative conference in D.C., show 192 House Democrats, 48 Senate Democrats and both Senate independents with perfect scores on the 10 votes the union used to evaluate lawmakers in each chamber.

On the other side of the divide, 135 House Republicans and 18 Senate Republicans hit zero.  The low Senate Democrat, David Pryor of Arkansas, scored at 64%, trailing the high Republican, Lisa Murkowski of high union-density Alaska (71%).   The second-lowest Democrat was Kay Hagan of North Carolina (86%), while Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., finished second highest in the GOP, to Murkowski, at 50%.

All but four House Democrats scored over 80%, including the perfect scorers.  The exceptions were Reps. John Barrow, D-Ga. (70%), Collin Peterson, D-Minn. (80%), Mike McIntyre, D-N.C. (60%) and Jim Matheson, D-Utah (60%).  Reps. Chris Gibson and Michael Grimm, both R-N.Y., led the GOP, at 60%.  No other GOPer broke 50%.

-PIA