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Which Members of the LGBT Caucus Don't Support the Caucus Slate?

A new report from That’s My Congress reveals that of the 79 members of the LGBT Equality Caucus in the House of Representatives, less than half support two-thirds or more of the caucus’ slate of 12 pro-LGBT bills.

The LGBT Equality Caucus describes its work in the Congress as “the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and well being for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.” 79 Representatives have indicated their symbolic support for these ideals by signing up as caucus members, but support beyond symbolism for laws that would actually make those changes is highly variable.

The following are, nominally speaking, members of the LGBT Equality Caucus. But in practice, they haven’t taken the effort to support any more than a quarter of the LGBT policy slate this year. These are the weakest members of the caucus:

Rep. Xavier Becerra of California supports just 3 out of 12 pro-LGBT bills. Bills to which Rep. Becerra has failed to lend his support: H.R. 1616, H.R. 1913, H.R. 2262, H.R. 2625, H.R. 2709, H.R. 3017, H.Con.Res. 92, H.Res. 308, and H.Res. 433

Rep. Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts supports just 3 out of 12 pro-LGBT bills. Bills that Rep. Tsongas has not lent support to: H.R. 1616, H.R. 1913, H.R. 2262, H.R. 2517, H.R. 2625, H.R. 2709, H.Con.Res. 92, H.Res. 308 and H.Res. 433

Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns of New York supports just 3 out of 12 pro-LGBT bills. Bills to which Rep. Towns has failed to lend his support: H.R. 1913, H.R. 2262, H.R. 2517, H.R. 2625, H.R. 2709, H.R. 3017, H.Con.Res. 92, H.Res. 308, and H.Res. 433

Rep. Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania supports just 3 out of 12 pro-LGBT bills. Bills that Rep. Murphy has not lent support to: H.R. 1024, H.R. 1616, H.R. 2262, H.R. 2517, H.R. 2625, H.R. 2709, H.Con.Res. 92, H.Res. 308, and H.Res. 433

Rep. Ellen Tauscher of California supports just 2 out of 12 pro-LGBT bills. Bills to which Rep. Tauscher has failed to lend support: H.R. 1616, H.R. 1913, H.R. 2262, H.R. 2517, H.R. 2625, H.R. 2709, H.R. 3017, H.Con.Res. 92, H.Res. 308, and H.Res. 433

Ellen Tauscher has some excuse for her meager legislative performance; knowing that she was to be appointed as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security (a post she’ll be taking up next week), perhaps she has focused more on her future job than the one she was actually elected to. But what are these other four members of Congress thinking? Why did they even bother to sign up as members of the LGBT Equality Caucus in the first place? Did they think that nobody would notice their actual performance?

If you find that your representative is on this list of underperforming members of the LGBT Equality Caucus, then review the caucus’ slate of legislation for yourself. Find the bills you think are especially important (this is essential; we’ve found we don’t agree with all of the bills ourselves). Then click on your representative’s name to get his or her contact information and make a call to advocate for a little more consistency in Washington, DC.

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