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Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr.’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from New Jersey's 9th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Pascrell’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives 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 Pascrell’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 their bills out of committee the least often compared to New Jersey Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Pascrell introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to New Jersey Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Pascrell supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Pascrell 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Pascrell cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 425: Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Held the fewest committee positions compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Pascrell held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Pascrell’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

Pascrell introduced 26 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

Pascrell cosponsored 401 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 New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got the 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

Pascrell’s bills and resolutions had 441 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 New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Was 3rd most absent in votes compared to New Jersey Delegation

Pascrell missed 3.2% of votes (43 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Pascrell’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Ranked the 5th top leader compared to House Democrats

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 Pascrell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 21st most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 6 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Pascrell’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. 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: H.R. 582: ConTACT Act of 2015; H.R. 3474: Christopher’s Law; H.R. 4460: Youth Sports Concussion Act; H.R. 5070: Lead Testing in School and ...; H.R. 5621: To posthumously award a Congressional ...; H.R. 5874: Guardians of America’s Freedom Medal ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 30th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 401 bills that Pascrell cosponsored, 41% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (93rd 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 30th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 12 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Pascrell’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 44th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 31 others)

2 of Pascrell’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: H.R. 4460: Youth Sports Concussion Act; H.R. 5621: To posthumously award a Congressional ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Pascrell introduced 0 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.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Pascrell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (29th 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 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.