John Ratcliffe

John Ratcliffe

  • R-TX, 4th District2015 – present
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Lifetime Score 86%

2015: 95%
2016: 83%
2017: 85%
2018: 88%
2019: 81%

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2020: 116th Congress N/A

Rep. Ratcliffe has not been scored for 2020 because he resigned on May 22 to become the Director of National Intelligence.

  • 1: On Passage: Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability Rule CRA, H.J.Res. 76Nay

    Key Vote 1: On Passage: Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability Rule CRA, H.J.Res. 76

    This Democrat-only Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution would undo updated borrower defense regulations that will be a marked improvement over the existing set of regulations that were issued under President Obama. Borrower defense policy, which is intended to allow students who were defrauded by institutions of higher education to receive relief for their federal student loans, has existed for more than two decades but was rarely used until the Obama Administration. Whatever one’s opinion on the merits of loan forgiveness for alleged defrauding or even of federal student loans themselves, it can and should certainly be agreed upon that such a forgiveness program should be structured in such a way that it provides relief only to those who were truly defrauded, in the same way that the social safety net should apply only to the most vulnerable and in need amongst us. The revised borrower defense regulations set to go into effect in July 2020 are the result of more than two years of deliberations and significant input from the public and from higher education stakeholders, following years of broad relief granted to groups under the existing regulations. As such, fortunately, the new regulations address many of the flaws of the existing structure of borrower defense. Chief among these is the narrowing of the definition of misrepresentation by requiring that the institution must have knowledge that the alleged misrepresentation is false.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 2: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass: USPS Fairness ActNay

    Key Vote 2: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass: USPS Fairness Act

    The USPS Fairness Act sets the stage for a taxpayer-funded bailout of the Retiree Health Benefits Fund. There are serious and fiscal proposals to address the issues that face the U.S. Postal Service. The USPS Fairness Act is not one of them.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 3: On Passage: PRO ActNay

    Key Vote 3: On Passage: PRO Act

    The PRO Act is one of the most anti-worker and anti-business bills that we have ever seen brought to the House floor. Introduced by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), the PRO Act is a giveaway to labor unions that would harm our economy and that especially targets workers who choose not to join unions.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 4: On Passage: Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief and Puerto Rico Disaster Tax Relief ActNay

    Key Vote 4: On Passage: Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief and Puerto Rico Disaster Tax Relief Act

    The additional appropriations in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief and Puerto Rico Disaster Tax Relief Act would spend an additional $4.67 billion in FY 2020. While we understand that this is for emergency disaster relief, question both whether it is necessary to appropriate new funds whether they will even be put to good use, considering that a) there is $34.846 billion left in the Disaster Relief Fund and b) that it recently came to light that unused resources provided after Hurricane Maria in September 2017 were discovered in a warehouse in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 5: On Passage: Quit or Die Act, H.R. 2339Nay

    Key Vote 5: On Passage: Quit or Die Act, H.R. 2339

    This bill is nothing short of an assault on the vaping industry, which provides smokers with a method of harm reduction that is 95 percent safer than traditional, combustible cigarettes. The message House Democrats are sending with H.R. 2339 is that Americans who want to kick the habit through vaping should either “quit or die.” H.R. 2339 would outright ban online sales of flavored vaping products, and ban the flavors themselves. The bill would also require graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging. This is nanny state governance at its worst.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 6: On Passage: USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act, H.R. 6172Did Not Vote

    Key Vote 6: On Passage: USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act, H.R. 6172

    Sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-New York), this bill would reauthorize expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), including Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and the “lone wolf” and “roving wiretap” authorities. This bill contains a lot of window dressing to conceal that it largely leaves untouched the legal authorities that have been abused to circumvent the Constitution and acquire the data of millions of innocent Americans without a warrant.

    "Nay" votes scored. Triple Score
  • 7: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass: Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201Did Not Vote

    Key Vote 7: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass: Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201

    This bill is being brought to the floor, pushed by House Democrats, without any committee discussion or debate in the primary committee of jurisdiction and being brought to the floor without the opportunity for amendments. The process for this bill is only one of the concerns we have over H.R. 6201. Furthermore, it is deceitful of House Democrats to attempt to fast-track a bill to deal with a serious problem like the nationwide concern over coronavirus, which is not much more than a wishlist of government programs and policies that they would, make no mistake, like to see made permanent. These programs and policies include an increase in the Federal Matching Assistance Program (FMAP) formula for Medicaid, expansions of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and paid family leave.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 8: On Passage: HEROES ActDid Not Vote

    Key Vote 8: On Passage: HEROES Act

    The HEROES Act is a $3 trillion, 1,800-page partisan messaging bill that has no chance of becoming law. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) knows that this bill won’t become law. Yet, she is forcing the House to vote as a political stunt, after refusing to bring the House back into session last week due to concerns of containing the spread of COVID-19. This is blatant hypocrisy at its worst. Nearly all of the HEROES Act is a wishlist of far-left demands, several of which are unrelated to COVID-19. The HEROES Act would bail out state and local governments to the tune of nearly $1 trillion. Many states seeking this bailout have been fiscally mismanaged for years. The HEROES Act would extend enhanced unemployment benefits past the current deadline of July 31, 2020 to January 31, 2021 and create a supplemental period of March 31, 2021 for those whose benefits have not been exhausted. This would only further prolong the economic recovery, putting employers, who will undoubtedly need workers to fill jobs, in direct competition with the federal government paying individuals not to work. Among its many, many other provisions, the HEROES Act includes expansions of welfare programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid. The bill would also provide another round of tax rebate payments, send money to states for highways and mass transit, impose mandates on states for federal elections, bail out failing union pension plans, prohibit cost-sharing for any COVID-19-related treatment, and create a contract tracing initiative.

    "Nay" votes scored. Double Score
  • 12: On Passage: Moving Forward Act, H.R. 2Ineligible

    Key Vote 12: On Passage: Moving Forward Act, H.R. 2

    he Moving Forward Act -- dubbed by Republicans as Pelosi’s “My Way or the Highway” Act -- is an infrastructure bill in name only. At over 2,309 pages, with 90,803 sections, H.R. 2 carries a $1.5 trillion price tag, up a full trillion dollars from the last version of the bill, the INVEST in America Act. Topline funding for surface and rail transportation is set at 62 percent above the current FAST Act levels for the next five years. The proposal also includes an excessive $22 billion “special funding pot” for FY 2021 that would be available only for costs associated with COVID-19 recovery. Funding levels for general infrastructure provide $500 billion for roads, bridges, and other transit, $130 billion for schools, $100 billion for housing, $100 billion for rural broadband, $70 billion for renewable energy, $65.6 billion for fresh-water resources, and $22.9 billion for aviation. In exchange for this abundance of appropriation, Speaker Pelosi has included language in nearly every section that creates new “green” mandates in an effort to help Democrats achieve the goals of the Green New Deal. For example -- in addition to the existing emissions standards of the Environmental Protection Agency -- H.R. 2 would require the Department of Transportation to spend $200 billion over the next five years to establish emissions performance measures and restrictions on public roads. Unfortunately, this is only one example amongst thousands of the new top-down, “green” mandates included in H.R. 2. Instead of taking this opportunity to seek bipartisan consensus to smartly invest in rebuilding our roads and ports, Speaker Pelosi is holding infrastructure funding hostage in exchange for a progressive agenda.

    "Nay" votes scored.
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