Political Landscape:

Congressmen’s votes draw praise

November 01, 2008

Three incumbent representatives looking to regain their congressional seats Nov. 4 were lauded by a slew of advocacy groups this week for votes they cast in the 110th Congress, which officially ends Jan. 3 but has stood in recess since early October.

Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Brad Sherman received high marks from at least five organizations whose interests include veterans affairs, the environment, civil rights and women’s rights, while Republican Rep. David Dreier was praised for his work on senior citizen issues.

Commendations for Schiff and Sherman came from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Action Fund, the League of Conservation Voters, the American Assn. of University Women, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Human Rights Campaign.


“These advocacy organizations do superb work promoting values shared by my constituents, and informing the public and public officials on the local, state and federal level,” Schiff said. “I thank them for their work and for recognizing my efforts on behalf of the people of the 29th Congressional District.”

The Iraq and Afghanistan veterans group gave Schiff and Sherman its highest grade for 13 votes they cast that increased funding for troops and hundreds of VA hospitals and clinics nationwide.

Both Democrats were also praised by the group for voting in May to pass a new version of the decades-old Montgomery GI bill, which reimbursed education costs for combat veterans.

The veterans organization had complained that the World War II-era bill lagged behind current educational funding needs and called for a new bill to be passed that would provide tuition payments up to the cost of the most expensive public university in the state, a monthly living allowance and a book stipend.

The bill passed the House, though without the support of Dreier, who received a B from the group that awarded Schiff and Sherman an A+.

On green issues, Schiff and Sherman received a 97% and 94%, respectively, for the 2007-08 voting term from the League of Conservation Voters, an environmental advocacy group. Dreier received the lowest possible score.

Both Democratic representatives were praised for voting against legislation that would have expanded an offshore drilling measure, voting for environmental tax credits and supporting a bill that increases funds for public transportation.

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