Lincoln Receives A Rating from NAACP

Little Rock – U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) has received an “A” rating from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for her votes on civil rights legislation in 2009. 

“I am proud of my record fighting for pay fairness, health care coverage for all Arkansans, and funding for after-school programs,” Lincoln said.  “These issues are not just debates within Washington.  They make a real difference in the lives of Arkansans.  I will continue my work fighting for Arkansas’s families.”
Lincoln’s “A” rating came from the NAACP’s Civil Rights Federal Legislative Report Card for the first session of the 111th Congress (2009).  The report card rates each Senator based on specific votes taken throughout the year pertaining to civil rights issues. 
Highlights of Senator Lincoln’s voting record included in the NAACP’s report card:

  • Voted for pay fairness (Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009);
  • Voted to expand health coverage for low-income children and expectant mothers through ARKids First (State Children’s Health Insurance Program);
  • Voted to stabilize economy (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act);
  • Voted for deficit-neutral increase in funding for after-school programs;
  • Voted to extend unemployment benefits;
  • Voted to stop predatory lending practices by credit card companies;
  • Voted for common-sense, deficit-reducing Senate health reform bill; and
  • Voted to confirm Hillary Clinton (Secretary of State), Eric Holder (U.S. Attorney General), and Judge Sonia Sotomayor (Justice, United States Supreme Court).