Report Grades Lawmakers on Voting Records Based on 'Inequality'

"It may be true that the rich pay more in taxes when that's measured in absolute dollars but they also have a lot more income so as a share of their income they have actually seen their taxes go down more than the middle class or the poor under the Bush tax cuts," Sawhill said. "What people care about is their after-tax income, not their actual tax bill, and on that basis, the Bush tax cuts helped the rich more than the middle class or the poor."

She called the report "very interesting and well done."

Winship said that the Bush tax cuts increased income inequality at the margins and the richest Americans have had big gains compared to everyone else when looking at before-tax income also, according to figures from the Congressional Budget Office.

To grade the lawmakers, the Institute for Policy Studies docked a point if a lawmaker voted in favor of legislation they say widened inequality and awarded a point if a lawmaker voted on legislation that reduced it. Bill sponsors were also docked a point for the former while co-sponsors were docked 0.5 points; the sponsors of bills that were said to reduce equality were awarded points. Lawmakers who missed more than one recorded vote were given an "incomplete."

The report's authors then split the lawmakers into five groups for grades A through F.

The following eight Senators were called the "Most 99 Percent Friendly Members of Congress":

Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio

Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

Olympia Snow, R-Maine

Susan Collins, R-Maine

Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska

The following 17 Senators were called the "Most One Percent Friendly Members of Congress":

Ben Nelson, D-Neb.

Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.

Kay Hagan, D-N.C.

Mark Pryor, D-Ark.

Jon Tester, D-Mont.

Jim Webb, D-Va.

Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

John Boozman, R-Ark.

Richard Burr, R-N.C.

Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.

Michael Enzi, R-Wyo.

Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

Dean Heller, R-Nev.

Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

Mike Johanns, R-Neb.

John McCain, R-Ariz.

John Thune, R-S.D.

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