Votes for Children
Bills Sponsored or Cosponsored
Actions Against the Interests of Children
Rep. Vela represents a district with a child poverty rate of 37.8 percent. 17.7 percent of children in this district are in extreme poverty, 26.5 percent are food insecure, and 14.3 percent lack health insurance. During the 116th Congress, Rep. Vela has taken 16 votes that would help the children in his district. He has introduced 0 bills and cosponsored 34 bills to help children. Rep. Vela has taken 0 actions in support of legislation we believe to be against the interests of children.
This report card includes information on more than 500 bills introduced during this Congress. So far, Rep. Vela has taken the following action during this Congress:
As with any scorecard, this tool is inherently limited. Some members may score differently than they might expect because a committee assignment requires they work primarily on issues outside the scope of CDF’s portfolio. Additionally, because the important work done by leadership in Congress is not entirely captured by our model, Members of Congress in leadership roles tend to appear near the middle of our range of grades. There are some data limitations as well. A truly comprehensive measure of action taken on behalf of children would likely include things like floor statements, committee votes, votes on amendments, public leadership, and much more. An expansion of this Report Card to include those additional data may be possible in the future.
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