Status of UAFA in Congress
This Site Will Not Report On UAFA Progress Until We Have More Than Zero Republican Co-sponsors
It’s a simple matter of math. There is zero chance that any bill will become law unless it has the support of at least 26 Republicans in the House of Representatives (assuming, naively, the support of 100% of Democrats in the House).
The current UAFA bill (H.R. 1537) was introduced on April 14, 2011, with 107 DEMOCRATIC co-sponsors.
To date, the number of Republican Congress members co-sponsoring the Uniting American Families Act is:
As soon as we have a single Republican House member, we will start showing the list for the current Congress.
Final Score for the 111th Congress: House, 135; Senate, 25
In the 112th Congress, which began in January 2011, the Uniting American Families Act has yet to be introduced. Because it is a new Congress, we have to start again from zero. Because the House is now run by the Republicans, we cannot reasonably expect much action on this issue for the next two years.
According to the Library of Congress’ Thomas.gov website, the final numbers for the 11th Congress were:
135 UAFA co-sponsors in the House, and
25 in the Senate.
Conventional wisdom is that, to get a vote on the floor, we needed to have at least HALF of the majority caucus as co-sponsors. According to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Office of the Clerk, in the 111th Congress (the current one), there are currently 255 members in the Democratic caucus, half of which would be 127.5.
We have recently exceeded that number.
So, do we get our floor vote now?
Call Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and ask!
Phone: (202) 225-4965
Here are the details. First, the Senate (scroll down farther for House details).
UAFA Status in the Senate
UAFA Status in the House
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