D’Amato is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1998 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills D’Amato sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1993 to Oct 21, 1998. See full analysis methodology.
D’Amato was the primary sponsor of 54 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1408 (105th): Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site Act of 1998
- S. 2375 (105th): International Anti-Bribery and Fair Competition Act of 1998
- S. 318 (105th): Homeowners Protection Act of 1998
- S. 2269 (105th): A bill to establish a cultural and training program for disadvantaged individuals from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
- S. 1900 (105th): U.S. Holocaust Assets Commission Act of 1998
- S. 1564 (105th): Holocaust Victims Redress Act
- S. 768 (105th): A bill for the relief of Michel Christopher Meili, Giuseppina Meili, Mirjam Naomi Meili, and Davide Meili.
Does 54 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
D’Amato sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (19%) Commerce (17%) Finance and Financial Sector (13%) Law (13%) International Affairs (10%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%)
Some of D’Amato’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 311 (105th): A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the Secretary of ...
- S. 2640 (105th): A bill to extend the authorization for the Upper Deleware Citizens Advisory ...
- S. 2632 (105th): A bill for the relief of Thomas J. Sansone, Jr.
- S.Con.Res. 126 (105th): A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the President should ...
- S. 2549 (105th): A bill to provide that no Federal income tax shall be imposed ...
- S. 2551 (105th): A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ...
- S.Con.Res. 118 (105th): A concurrent resolution authorizing the use of the Capitol Rotunda on September ...
From Jan 1981 to Oct 1998, D’Amato missed 184 of 6,610 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. This is worse than the median of 1.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1998. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills