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Rep. Bill Shuster’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Shuster’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 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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Shuster introduced 8 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: H.R. 2353: Highway and Transportation Funding Act ...; H.R. 3236: Surface Transportation and Veterans Health ...; H.R. 3614: Airport and Airway Extension Act ...; H.R. 3763: Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform ...; H.R. 3819: Surface Transportation Extension Act of ...; H.R. 3996: Surface Transportation Extension Act of ...; H.R. 4721: Airport and Airway Extension Act ...; H.R. 5303: Water Resources Development Act of ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th 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.


 

Held the 2nd 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 (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th fewest bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 4 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.R. 1338: Dignified Interment of Our Veterans ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 20th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

11 of Shuster’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. 749: Passenger Rail Reform and Investment ...; H.R. 1732: Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of ...; H.R. 3236: Surface Transportation and Veterans Health ...; H.R. 3651: Positive Train Control Enforcement and ...; H.R. 3763: Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform ...; H.R. 3819: Surface Transportation Extension Act of ...; H.R. 3996: Surface Transportation Extension Act of ...; H.R. 4441: Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization ...; H.R. 4721: Airport and Airway Extension Act ...; H.R. 5303: Water Resources Development Act of ...; H.R. 5977: To direct the Secretary of ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Was 23rd most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Shuster missed 1.0% of votes (13 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Shuster’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); All Representatives (19th 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 their bills out of committee the 26th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shuster introduced 7 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 749: Passenger Rail Reform and Investment ...; H.R. 1338: Dignified Interment of Our Veterans ...; H.R. 1732: Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of ...; H.R. 3763: Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform ...; H.R. 4441: Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization ...; H.R. 5303: Water Resources Development Act of ...; H.R. 5977: To direct the Secretary of ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 41st fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Shuster cosponsored 140 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 (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (14th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 40th most bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 5 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Shuster’s 18 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Ranked 56th most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 Shuster’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Ranked the 85th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 Shuster’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Shuster supported any of 40 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); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Shuster introduced 18 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 140 bills that Shuster cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (64th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Shuster’s bills and resolutions had 375 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (71st 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.