Which Lawmakers Rank Best On Food?
A new food advocacy and 501(c)(4) group, Food Policy Action, released a score card today ranking lawmakers on votes related to issues on hunger, the environment and animal welfare.
The group scored 18 Senate votes and 14 House votes, including votes on drought relief, pesticide regulation and food stamps.
Lawmakers who received scores of 100 --- meaning they voted in line with FPA's agenda or were absent -- were all Democrats, except for Connecticut Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman.
Those receiving top scores include Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., Brad Sherman, D-Calif, and Jim McDermott, D-Wash., as well as Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.
Those receiving the lowest marks include Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and Don Manzullo, R-Ill., as well as Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who received only one positive mark for his vote against the Lee Conservation amendment.
FPA's board of directors includes the likes of Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio, Stonyfield Farm founder and chairman Gary Hirshberg, Oxfam America president Ray Offenheiser and United Food and Commercial Workers' chief lobbyist Mia Dell.