Washington Representatives Dan Newhouse and Jaime Herrera-Beutler have both been under fire within the Republican Party, after joining eight other of their GOP colleagues in the House in voting to impeach then-President Donald Trump. While that may not have scored them points among Republicans, it did earn them high marks in a new “Democracy Report Card” released this last week.
The report card — compiled by a group known as the Republican Accountability Project (RAP) — graded Republican members of Congress in every state based on four criteria:
- Whether they signed onto a Texas amicus brief in December, which has sought to have the U.S. Supreme Court invalidate a combined 62 electoral votes that went to President Joe Biden
- Whether they objected to the certification of the 2020 election results on Jan. 6
- Whether they frequently made public comments either challenging or casting doubt on the 2020 election results
- Whether they voted to impeach or convict then-President Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol