NAACP flunks Gilchrest, Bartlett

Democrats get As


PHILADELPHIA - Issuing its annual congressional report cards, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People flunked Maryland's two Republican representatives and gave top grades to all of the state's Democrats on Capitol Hill.

Reps. Wayne T. Gilchrest and Roscoe G. Bartlett were both given an F for their voting records in 2003 in grades announced here at the NAACP's 95th annual convention, based on legislators' votes.

Gilchrest and Bartlett voted against extending unemployment benefits and against increased funding for failing public elementary schools, according to the report.

Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski were both given an A for votes, which included supporting increased funding for higher education and Head Start programs, the report stated.

Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Benjamin L. Cardin, Elijah E. Cummings, Albert R. Wynn, Steny H. Hoyer and Chris Van Hollen also received grades of A.

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