Blaz was the representative from Guam and was a Republican. He served from 1985 to 1992.
Because Guam is a territory of the United States, and not a state, its representative in the House of Representatives is a delegate with limited voting privileges — Blaz 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.
Blaz is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Blaz sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Blaz was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 2224 (99th): A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit nonimmigrant alien crewmen on fishing vessels to stop temporarily at ports in Guam.
Does 1 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).
Blaz sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (24%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (19%) Labor and Employment (11%) Environmental Protection (11%) International Affairs (11%) Law (8%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Immigration (8%)
Some of Blaz’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4974 (102nd): To provide for additional development at War in the Pacific National Historical ...
- H.R. 4233 (102nd): To extend the supplemental security income benefits program to residents of Guam, ...
- H.R. 4164 (102nd): Guam Excess Lands Act
- H.R. 2897 (102nd): Relating to the tariff treatment of certain sweaters assembled in Guam.
- H.R. 1416 (102nd): Relating to wage certificates issued to producers in the insular possessions of ...
- H.R. 98 (102nd): Guam Commonwealth Act
- H.R. 4846 (101st): To extend the supplemental security income benefits program to residents of Guam, ...
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