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Help:How to research congressional records and positions

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This page contains help on how to research the voting records, issue positions and issue group rankings of members of Congress and congressional candidates.

Issue areas

General resources

Economic policy

Votes:

  • Congresspedia's Portal:Economic Policy (U.S.) (see articles for votes).
  • Project Vote Smart: The "key votes" (for current members of Congress - select a state and then "U.S. Congress" to see individual voting records).

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Education policy

Votes:

  • Congresspedia's Portal:Education Policy (U.S.) (see articles for votes).
  • Project Vote Smart: The "key votes" (for current members of Congress - select a state and then "U.S. Congress" to see individual voting records).

Interest group ratings and endorsements:

  • Project Vote Smart: Voting scorecards of interest groups working on education.

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Elections and government policy

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Energy and environment policy

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Food and agriculture policy

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Health policy

Votes:

  • Congresspedia's Portal:Health Policy (U.S.) (see articles for votes).
  • Project Vote Smart: The "key votes" (for current members of Congress - select a state and then "U.S. Congress" to see individual voting records).

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Infrastructure and transportation policy

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Labor, immigration and retirement policy

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National security and foreign policy

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Rights, liberties and courts

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Communications, science and intellectual property policy

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Social policy

Votes:

  • Congresspedia's Portal:Social Policy (U.S.) (see articles for votes).
  • Project Vote Smart: The "key votes" (for current members of Congress - select a state and then "U.S. Congress" to see individual voting records).

Interest group ratings and endorsements:

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