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Rep. Bill Shuster’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 9th District
Republican
Served May 17, 2001 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Shuster’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Shuster’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 most often compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shuster introduced 3 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3080: Water Resources Development Act of ...; H.R. 3300: FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2013; H.R. 3628: Transportation Reports Elimination Act of ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (94th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Shuster cosponsored 83 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (24th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); Safe House Seats (9th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Held the most committee positions compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Shuster held a leadership position on 1 committee 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 Shuster’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th fewest bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Shuster’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.Res. 125: Encouraging the Navy to commission ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (22nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 21st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 16 others)

5 of Shuster’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 2916: Domestic Energy Production Protection Act ...; H.R. 3080: Water Resources Development Act of ...; H.R. 3300: FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2013; H.R. 3628: Transportation Reports Elimination Act of ...; H.R. 3676: Prohibiting In-Flight Voice Communications on ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (89th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 35th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 83 bills that Shuster cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (22nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (24th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Shuster introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Shuster introduced 8 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (33rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (44th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Shuster’s bills and resolutions had 151 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (33rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Shuster missed 2.3% of votes (15 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Shuster’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (72nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (54th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Shuster supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Shuster 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.