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Sen. Bill Cassidy’s 2016 Report Card

Senior Senator from Louisiana
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2027


These statistics cover Cassidy’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Cassidy’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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to Senate Freshmen

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 12 of Cassidy’s 46 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (92nd percentile); Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Freshmen

Cassidy’s bills and resolutions had 163 cosponsors in the 114th Congress. 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 Freshmen (92nd percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).


 

Introduced the most bills compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Cassidy introduced 46 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (65th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 of Cassidy’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. 173: A bill to modify the …; S. 205: Trafficking Awareness Training for Health …; S. 359: Taxpayer Bailout Protection Act; S. 453: Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support …; S. 775: Self-Insurance Protection Act; S. 1531: Patient Freedom Act of 2015; S. 1898: Sanctuary Regulatory Fairness Act of …; S. 2754: To designate the Federal building …; S. 2777: Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection …; S. 2811: A bill to authorize the …; S. 3372: Natural Gas Truck Tax Parity …

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (61st percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 3rd top leader compared to Senate Freshmen

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cassidy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 15th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Cassidy cosponsored 178 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 Freshmen (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 16th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 178 bills that Cassidy cosponsored, 17% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 17th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 11 others)

2 of Cassidy’s bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress 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. 310: EGO Act; S. 775: Self-Insurance Protection Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (17th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Ranked 23rd most politically right compared to All Senators

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cassidy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (57th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Cassidy introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. 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. 2340: MEGABYTE Act of 2016; S. 2754: To designate the Federal building …

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (40th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cassidy introduced 5 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 310: EGO Act; S. 2340: MEGABYTE Act of 2016; S. 2754: To designate the Federal building …; S. 3110: American Energy and Conservation Act …; S.Res. 340: A resolution expressing the sense …

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Cassidy held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Cassidy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (6th percentile); All Senators (5th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Cassidy missed 1.2% of votes (6 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Cassidy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (46th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cassidy supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Cassidy 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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


Additional Notes

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 the 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.