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Rep. Bill Shuster’s 2014 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Shuster’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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.

 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Shuster cosponsored 137 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 (15th percentile); House Republicans (15th percentile); Safe House Seats (11th percentile); All Representatives (10th 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 (76th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd least often compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Of the 137 bills that Shuster cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (11th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); Safe House Seats (28th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).

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


 

Was 3rd most absent in votes compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Shuster missed 4.4% of votes (53 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Shuster’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); Safe House Seats (70th percentile); All Representatives (72nd 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.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th highest % of bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 77% of Shuster’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (97th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 19th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

8 of Shuster’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 2916: Domestic Energy Production Protection Act ...; H.R. 3080: Water Resources Reform and Development ...; 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 ...; H.R. 4076: HHEATT Act of 2014; H.R. 4156: Transparent Airfares Act of 2014; H.R. 5449: Passenger Rail Reform and Investment ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (89th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 21st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shuster introduced 6 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3080: Water Resources Reform and Development ...; 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 ...; H.R. 4156: Transparent Airfares Act of 2014; H.R. 5449: Passenger Rail Reform and Investment ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (94th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Shuster introduced 2 bills that became law in the 113th 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: H.R. 3080: Water Resources Reform and Development ...; H.R. 4076: HHEATT Act of 2014

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Shuster introduced 13 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (50th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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 ...; H.Con.Res. 106: Authorizing the use of Emancipation ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (39th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Shuster’s bills and resolutions had 291 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (44th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Shuster’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (50th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (60th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Shuster’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (39th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

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 the 113th Congress) 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.

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