Romero-Barceló was the resident commissioner from Puerto Rico and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 2000.
Because Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, and not a state, its representative in the House of Representatives is a delegate, called the resident commissioner, with limited voting privileges — Romero-Barceló can currently vote in committee and in certain votes on the House floor, but not if their vote would be decisive. Delegates have a marginalized role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.
Romero-Barceló is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2000 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Romero-Barceló sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1995 to Dec 15, 2000. See full analysis methodology.
Romero-Barceló was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 560 (106th): To designate the Federal building located at 300 Recinto Sur Street in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the “Jose V. Toledo United States Post Office and …
Does 1 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).
Romero-Barceló sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (22%) Law (18%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Social Welfare (11%) Environmental Protection (11%) Health (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Animals (7%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Romero-Barceló recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 5650 (106th): To declare certain Federal lands in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as …
- H.R. 5651 (106th): To convey certain Federal lands to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and …
- H.R. 4668 (106th): Puerto Rico Land and Water Conservation Act of 2000
- H.R. 2712 (106th): Medicare Puerto Rico Hospital Payment Parity Act of 1999
- H.R. 2333 (106th): To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to remove special …
- H.R. 806 (106th): To amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to increase the …
- H.R. 560 (106th): To designate the Federal building located at 300 Recinto Sur Street in …
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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills