Burns is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2006 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 Burns sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 22, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.
Burns was the primary sponsor of 24 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3759 (109th): A bill to name the Armed Forces Readiness Center in Great Falls, Montana, in honor of Captain William Wylie Galt, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of ...
- S. 1219 (109th): A bill to authorize certain tribes in the State of Montana to enter into a lease or other temporary conveyance of water rights to meet the water ...
- S. 1282 (109th): A bill to amend the Communications Satellite Act of 1962 to strike the privatization criteria for INTELSAT separated entities, remove certain restrictions on separated and successor entities ...
- S. 2214 (108th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3150 Great Northern Avenue in Missoula, Montana, as the “Mike Mansfield Post Office”.
- S. 2896 (108th): A bill to modify and extend certain privatization requirements of the Communications Satellite Act of 1962.
- S. 2315 (108th): A bill to amend the Communications Satellite Act of 1962 to extend the deadline for the INTELSAT initial public offering.
- S. 877 (108th): CAN-SPAM Act of 2003
Does 24 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).
Burns sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (21%) Commerce (17%) Law (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (13%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Health (7%)
Some of Burns’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 606 (109th): A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate with respect to raising ...
- S.Res. 572 (109th): A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate with respect to raising ...
- S.Con.Res. 115 (109th): A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress with respect to raising ...
- S. 3860 (109th): Emergency Wildfire and Farm Relief Act of 2006
- S. 3825 (109th): Methamphetamine Trafficking Prevention Act of 2006
- S. 3759 (109th): A bill to name the Armed Forces Readiness Center in Great Falls, ...
- S. 3679 (109th): National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization Act of 2006
From Jan 1989 to Dec 2006, Burns missed 99 of 6,068 roll call votes, which is 1.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2006. 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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