Bilbray is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Bilbray sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.
Bilbray was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5334 (112th): To amend chapter V of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to expedite the development and review of breakthrough therapies.
- H.R. 3311 (112th): America’s Cup Act of 2011
- H.R. 3270 (112th): America’s Cup Act of 2011
- H.R. 999 (106th): Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act of 2000
- H.R. 15 (106th): Otay Mountain Wilderness Act of 1999
- H.R. 8 (105th): Border Smog Reduction Act of 1998
- H.R. 1787 (104th): To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to repeal the saccharin notice requirement.
Does 7 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Bilbray sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (28%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (25%) Taxation (14%) Energy (11%) Environmental Protection (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Sports and Recreation (6%)
Some of Bilbray’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6502 (112th): Life-Threatening Diseases Compassion through Combination Therapy Act of 2012
- H.R. 6503 (112th): Clean Fuels Innovation Act of 2012
- H.R. 6288 (112th): Patient Choice Act of 2012
- H.Res. 705 (112th): Expressing support for the designation of a “Buy American Week”.
- H.R. 5716 (112th): Melanoma Research Act of 2012
- H.R. 5556 (112th): To suspend temporarily the duty on hybrid golf club heads.
- H.R. 5554 (112th): To reduce temporarily the duty on golf club putter heads.
From Jan 1995 to Jan 2013, Bilbray missed 387 of 9,165 roll call votes, which is 4.2%. This is worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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