Acevedo-Vilá was the resident commissioner from Puerto Rico and was most recently a Popular Democrat (2003-2004) and previously an AL (2001-2002). He served from 2001 to 2004.
Because Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, and not a state, its representative in the House of Representatives is a delegate, called the resident commissioner, with limited voting privileges — Acevedo-Vilá can currently vote in committee and in certain votes on the House floor, but not if their vote would be decisive. Delegates have a marginalized role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.
Acevedo-Vilá is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2004 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 Acevedo-Vilá sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1999 to Dec 7, 2004. See full analysis methodology.
Acevedo-Vilá was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3742 (108th): To designate the United States courthouse and post office building located at 93 Atocha Street in Ponce, Puerto Rico, as the “Luis A. Ferre United States Courthouse ...
- H.R. 2826 (108th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1000 Avenida Sanchez Osorio in Carolina, Puerto Rico, as the “Roberto Clemente Walker Post Office ...
- H.R. 3954 (107th): Caribbean National Forest Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2002
Does 3 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).
Acevedo-Vilá sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (24%) Economics and Public Finance (20%) Social Welfare (15%) Families (12%) Health (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%)
Some of Acevedo-Vilá’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5396 (108th): Financial Transactions Equity Act of 2004
- H.R. 5042 (108th): To amend the Department of Agriculture Organic Act of 1944 to ensure ...
- H.R. 3898 (108th): To authorize construction of a new (replacement) medical center for the Department ...
- H.R. 3852 (108th): To extend the benefits of the weatherization assistance program under part A ...
- H.R. 3742 (108th): To designate the United States courthouse and post office building located at ...
- H.R. 3290 (108th): Fair Nutrition for American Citizens Act of 2003
- H.R. 3291 (108th): SCHIP Territorial Allocation Equity Act of 2003
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