Nelson is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2013 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Nelson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 2, 2013. See full analysis methodology.
Nelson was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- S. 1294 (111th): Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2010
- S. 731 (111th): A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for continuity of TRICARE Standard coverage for certain members of the Retired Reserve.
- S. 3009 (110th): A bill to designate the Federal Bureau of Investigation building under construction in Omaha, Nebraska, as the “J. James Exon Federal Bureau of Investigation Building”.
- S. 752 (110th): Platte River Recovery Implementation Program and Pathfinder Modification Authorization Act of 2007
Does 4 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).
Nelson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (38%) Health (21%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Taxation (8%) Transportation and Public Works (5%) Housing and Community Development (5%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)
Some of Nelson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3712 (112th): Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act
- S. 3541 (112th): A bill to amend section 520 of the Housing Act of 1949 ...
- S.Res. 548 (112th): A resolution designating the week beginning September 9, 2012, as “National Direct ...
- S.Res. 550 (112th): A resolution designating September 13, 2012, as “National Celiac Disease Awareness Day”.
- S. 3374 (112th): A bill to amend the Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978 to ...
- S. 2633 (112th): A bill to extend and modify the temporary reduction of duty on ...
- S. 2625 (112th): A bill to extend the temporary suspension of duty on Cyproconazole.
From Jan 2001 to Jan 2013, Nelson missed 40 of 3,792 roll call votes, which is 1.1%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2013. 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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