Vanik is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Vanik sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Vanik was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3637 (96th): International Coffee Agreement Act of 1979
- H.R. 7942 (96th): A bill to approve and implement the protocol to the trade agreement relating to customs valuation, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 3122 (96th): A bill relating to the tariff treatment of certain articles.
- H.R. 11005 (95th): A bill to provide authorization of appropriations for the United States International Trade Commission for fiscal year 1979.
- H.R. 6370 (95th): An Act to authorize appropriations to the United States International Trade Commission, to provide for greater efficiency in the administration of the Commission, and for other purposes.
Does 5 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).
Vanik sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (24%) Taxation (20%) Social Welfare (15%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Economics and Public Finance (7%) Energy (7%) Labor and Employment (6%) Health (5%)
Some of Vanik’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8425 (96th): A bill to amend the Tariff Schedules of the United States regarding ...
- H.Res. 809 (96th): A resolution directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make ...
- H.R. 7942 (96th): A bill to approve and implement the protocol to the trade agreement ...
- H.R. 7910 (96th): A bill to provide a system for adjusting depreciation schedules for tax ...
- H.Con.Res. 376 (96th): A concurrent resolution relative to Japan-United States trade.
- H.R. 7541 (96th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 with respect ...
- H.R. 7469 (96th): A bill to amend title V of the Motor Vehicle Information and ...
From Jan 1955 to Dec 1980, Vanik missed 472 of 8,124 roll call votes, which is 5.8%. This is better than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills