THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES last month swiftly passed the CARES Act, a $2.2 trillion spending bill, one of the largest stimulus measures to date, with only three hours of debate and no recorded vote. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., reportedly mobilized lawmakers to agree to the unconventional method for passing the CARES Act.

The measure — a response to the economic crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes limited safety net provisions for individuals and unprecedented corporate bailout funds for a range of industries — passed on March 27 and was signed into law by President Donald Trump later that day. The decision to usher the legislation through by unanimous consent “voice vote,” a procedure typically reserved for uncontroversial legislation, such as the naming of post office buildings, meant that there is no record of how each lawmaker voted.

Knowing how every member of Congress would have voted on the CARES Act is a crucial measure of basic democratic accountability. The public deserves to know where lawmakers stand on the most important legislative decisions impacting the nation. The “voice vote” gambit only obfuscates the policymaking process and eliminates transparency.

The Intercept has collected prominent public statements by individual members of Congress, but we also need readers to help us contact every lawmaker over phone, email, or social media. The chart below lists how each House member has indicated they would have voted, based on publicly reported information, along with those whose vote remains unclear. So far, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., one of the few critics of the bill, is the only known House Democrat to oppose it. The freshman lawmaker decried the CARES Act as “the largest corporate bailouts” in “American history” that only provided only “crumbs for our families.”

This will serve as an important historical record, as pivotal as the vote on the Iraq War, the 2008 bank bailouts, and the Affordable Care Act. And it will make it clear to members and congressional leadership that the public will hold them accountable for their actions during this crisis, as even more crisis-related measures are under consideration.

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