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Sen. Benjamin Sasse’s 2017 Report Card

Junior Senator from Nebraska
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These special year-end statistics cover Sasse’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Sasse’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Sasse cosponsored 50 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (6th percentile); All Senators (3rd percentile).


 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Sasse introduced 3 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); All Senators (1st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Senate Sophomores

Of the 50 bills that Sasse cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (6th percentile); All Senators (3rd percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of Sasse’s 3 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (6th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Sasse’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: S. 17: GAO Access and Oversight Act ...; S. 220: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act; S.J.Res. 26: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (8th percentile); Senate Republicans (25th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 8th least often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sasse introduced 2 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 17: GAO Access and Oversight Act ...; S.J.Res. 26: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (13th percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).


 

Got the 14th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Sasse’s bills and resolutions had 61 cosponsors in 2017. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (13th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Wrote the 12th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 11 others)

Sasse introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 17: GAO Access and Oversight Act ...; S.J.Res. 26: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Missed Votes

Sasse missed 1.2% of votes (4 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Sasse’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Sasse held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Sasse’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Republicans (17th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Sasse supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Sasse 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Sasse’s bills and resolutions in 2017 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: S. 17: GAO Access and Oversight Act ...; S. 220: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act; S.J.Res. 26: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.