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Sen. Bill Cassidy’s 2017 Report Card

Senior Senator from Louisiana
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Cassidy’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 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 bicameral support on the most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 13 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. 188: Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting Act; S. 230: Capitalizing on American Methane Act ...; S. 242: WINGMAN Act; S. 781: Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act ...; S. 1142: J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Hydropower ...; S. 1219: Lake Bistineau Land Title Stability ...; S. 1261: Veterans Emergency Room Relief Act ...; S. 1415: LNG Now Act of 2017; S. 1686: RED SNAPPER Act; S. 1981: Small Scale LNG Access Act ...; S. 2031: Kisatchie National Forest Land Conveyance ...; S. 2204: Preserving Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act ...; S.J.Res. 27: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (92nd percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Cassidy introduced 36 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (79th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 13 of Cassidy’s 36 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (75th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Cassidy cosponsored 107 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 (8th percentile); Senate Republicans (38th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Got the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Cassidy’s bills and resolutions had 145 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 (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd top leader compared to Senate Sophomores

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cassidy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

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

Cassidy 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. 916: Protecting Patient Access to Emergency ...; S.J.Res. 27: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

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.


 

Was 24th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 18 others)

Cassidy missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Cassidy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cassidy introduced 5 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 188: Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting Act; S. 916: Protecting Patient Access to Emergency ...; S.Res. 284: A resolution calling on Congress, ...; S.Res. 312: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.J.Res. 27: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Cassidy’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. 23: Biological Implant Tracking and Veteran ...; S. 188: Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting Act; S. 916: Protecting Patient Access to Emergency ...; S.J.Res. 27: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (60th 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 Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (6th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 107 bills that Cassidy cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (56th percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).

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


 

Ideology Score

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cassidy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (42nd percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cassidy supported any of 8 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 Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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.