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Compare the Voting Records of Any Two Members of Congress

October 31, 2008 - by Donny Shaw

Today we’re excited to be launching a new tool that gives you an at-a-glance way to see where every senator and representative stands on the hottest issues facing Congress:

Head-to-Head Vote Comparison

Choose two people from the drop-down menus for a side-by-side view of their votes, plus information on how often they vote together, how often they vote with their party, and more.

It’s great for doing focused research on candidates or getting the big picture on major policy differences. For the first time in history, two sitting senators are facing off as major party candidates for the Presidency. So, for example, using the tool to compare Senators Barack Obama and John McCain shows information on their Senate records that isn’t available anywhere else.

You can also compare your senators against a “typical” member of both parties. According to our calculations, Sen. Daniel Akaka’s (D-HI) votes with most Democrats most often and Sen. John Isakson’s (R-GA) votes with most Republicans most often. Match your senators up against them to see where they differ from their own party, or how they relate to a typical member of the other party.

To get you started, here are a few interesting comparisons to check out:

Harry Reid vs. Mitch McConnell

Nancy Pelosi vs. John Boehner

Joe Biden vs. Barack Obama

Ron Paul vs. Dennis Kucinich

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