Brooklyn, NY – Today, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (NY-D) received an ‘A’ grade in the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy’s annual Congressional scorecard. The non-partisan, non-profit think tank released the rankings of all House and Senate members based on whether the Members’ votes aligned with issues of importance to the current and aspiring middle class on key legislation. A letter grade of ‘A’ is awarded to legislators who voted the middle-class position on 90% or more of the votes they cast.
Rep. Clarke’s high score comes after she tirelessly fought, along with her colleagues, for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
“It is the middle class, who work hard to support themselves and their families every day, who have been adversely affected by this economic downturn,” said Rep. Clarke. “With people losing their jobs in record numbers and the price of living increasing in cities like New York, I vow to continue to fight for issues critical to their survival. They are the life line of our communities,” said Rep. Clarke.
Clarke was also recently appointed Chairwoman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science and Technology for the 111th Congress. She also serves as the Whip for the Congressional Black Caucusand has been selected as the new Senior Democratic Caucus Whip.
Rep. Clarke represents the 11th Congressional District which includes Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Sunset Park, Carroll Gardens, Kensington, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Prospect Park. This is her second term in Congress.
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