Magazine article USA TODAY

Congress Squeezing Middle Class

Magazine article USA TODAY

Congress Squeezing Middle Class

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With a U.S. senator set to assume the presidency for the first time since 1960 and with an eye on the 470 other Federal elections scheduled for Nov. 4, the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy (DMI), Washington, D.C., has released its congressional scorecard, which is the only one in the nation based solely upon the interests of the middle class. On the one hand, the scorecard reflects an overall improvement in Congress' support for the middle class, with 34 senators and 199 representatives receiving "A" grades. On the other hand, one-third of all representatives and nearly 40% of all senators earned "F" grades.

"The middle-class squeeze is a recurring theme among members of Congress, all of whom assert their interest in alleviating some of the burdens faced by the middle class and those struggling to earn their way into it," comments DMI Executive Director Andrea Batista Schlesinger. "If that commitment was universally genuine, 99% of Congress would have received an 'A' this year. Clearly, that did not happen and it was the current and aspiring middle class who suffered for it."

DMI's scorecard grades members of Congress based on their votes on 10 pieces of legislation in the House and Senate that would have the most significant impact on the middle class and the aspirations of low-income Americans who want to join that group. …

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