Shimkus, LaHood get zero on HRC Congressional Scorecard


SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Reps. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) and Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) both scored zero on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard.

The HRC releases the scorecard during each Congress, showing the voting records of U.S. Representatives and Senators.

Shimkus and LaHood both got zero on a scale of 100. They either opposed or were absent for every single bill concerning LGBTQ people.

Representatives were scored for their votes on these bills:

  • Equality Act – Would explicitly bar discrimination against LGBTQ people nationwide.
  • Speier Amendment to the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act – Would codify existing military policy baring discrimination, including sexual orientation and identity.
  • Cole Amendment to FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act – Barred funds to Trump’s planned “Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom” that could allow healthcare providers to deny service to LGBTQ people.
  • Duncan Amendment to FY 2020 Further Continuing Appropriations Act – Would remove a provision that codified a Housing and Urban Development policy allowing shelters to turn away transgender people.
  • Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 – Would reauthorize domestic violence programs.
  • John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020 – Would strengthen voting rights by expanding and strengthening the government’s ability to respond to voting discrimination.
  • American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 – Would give Dreamers a path to citizenship.
  • Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 – Would require background checks for all gun purchases, not just those from licensed dealers.
  • Impeachment of Donald Trump
  • Do No Harm Act – Would amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to exempt areas of law where RFRA has been used to bypass federal protections, including civil rights laws.
  • Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2019 – Would officially classify the provision and advertising of conversion therapy in exchange for monetary compensation as fraudulent practices and expressly direct the Federal Trade Commission to protect
  • consumers.
  • Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2019 – Would require schools to adopt codes of conduct that specifically prohibit bullying and harassment.
  • Every Child Deserves a Family Act – Would prohibit any public child welfare agency receiving federal financial assistance from discriminating against any youth involved with child welfare services or any potential foster or adoptive family on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
  • FAMILY Act – Would help working families bridge the financial cap following birth or adoption of a child or family illness requiring leave from work.
  • International Human Rights Defense Act of 2019 – Would build a framework into U.S. diplomacy to protect LGBTQ rights worldwide, including appointing a department advisor on LGBTQ issues.

Most of the Democrats in the Illinois delegation scored perfect 100s. Danny Davis (D-Chicago) scored 97 for voting against the International Human Rights Defense Act of 2019 and Lauren Underwood (D- Naperville), who also got 97, voted against the Do No Harm Act.

Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs) had the lowest score among Democrats with 76, opposing the Cole Amendment, the Do No Harm Act, the conversion therapy bill, the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the International Human Rights Defense Act.

The highest scoring Republican was Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon), who voted for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act, with a score of 11. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) scored 8 and 7 respectively, both actively voting for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.

Illinois’ U.S. Senators, Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, are both Democrats and scored 100.

Shimkus is not running for reelection this year.

The full scorecard can be read here.



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