This midterm report, compiled by Vote Kids, a nonprofit organization focused on children as a political priority, focuses on how President Barack Obama and the United States Senate have worked so far in addressing issues regarding children and working families. The survey ranks the senators according to how they voted on 12 key children’s and budget issues.
The issues include votes on expanding the number of children included under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), increasing funding for children’s programs in the 2010 budget and stimulus package, providing opportunities for volunteers to work with children and reducing child and teen smoking.
Thirty-one senators received scores of 100. Vote Kids gives four – Sens. Jim Bunning, R- Ky.; James Inhofe, R-Okla.; Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; and Jim DeMint, R-S.C. – zero so far this year, having voted against the interests of children in all 12 votes.
A full scorecard evaluating the House and Senate and the Obama administration will be released at the end of this year. Free. http://www.votekids.org.