Fattah, a Democrat, was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 2nd congressional district from 1995 to 2016.
In 2016 Fattah was convicted for conspiracy, racketeering, bribery, fraud, falsification of records, making false statements, and money laundering after a 2015 House investigation had been launched. The House Committee on Ethics ended its investigation when Fattah resigned. Fattah resigned in 2016, two days after being convicted of the charges. He is currently serving a ten year sentence.
Read our 2015 Report Card for Fattah.
Fattah is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 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 Fattah sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Fattah was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 4838 (113th): To redesignate the railroad station located at 2955 Market Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, commonly known as “30th Street Station”, as the “William H. Gray III 30th Street ...
- H.R. 100 (106th): To establish designations for United States Postal Service buildings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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 about one third or more 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).
Fattah sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Education (26%) Health (16%) Science, Technology, Communications (14%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Taxation (12%) Housing and Community Development (9%) Social Welfare (5%) Crime and Law Enforcement (5%)
Some of Fattah’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3717 (114th): U.S.-Israel Global Neuroscience Partnership Act
- H.Res. 409 (114th): Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to exclude certain organizations ...
- H.R. 2736 (114th): Youth Mental Health Research Act
- H.R. 1672 (114th): REDEEM Act
- H.R. 1360 (114th): America’s FOCUS Act of 2015
- H.R. 1359 (114th): American Dream Accounts Act
- H.R. 1071 (114th): Fiscal Fairness Act
|Fattah’s Vote||Vote Description|
H.R. 4127: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Dec 1, 2015. Passed 364/58.
H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
H.R. 2362 (112th): Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act of 2011
Jul 23, 2012. Failed 222/160.
H.R. 5325 (112th): Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013
Jun 6, 2012. Passed 255/165.
H.R. 2354 (112th): Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
Jul 15, 2011. Passed 219/196.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
From Jan 1995 to Jun 2016, Fattah missed 1,228 of 14,558 roll call votes, which is 8.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jun 2016. ProPublica has tracked 2 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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