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Rep. Daniel Meuser’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 9th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Meuser’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Meuser’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Meuser cosponsored 110 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (6th percentile); House Freshmen (15th percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Meuser’s bills and resolutions had 17 cosponsors in 2019. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (6th percentile); House Freshmen (9th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 10th most often compared to House Freshmen

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 110 bills that Meuser cosponsored, 49% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (89th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Was 12th most absent in votes compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Meuser missed 3.6% of votes (25 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Meuser’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (86th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Introduced the 11th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 10 others)

Meuser introduced 2 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (2nd percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 96th least often compared to All Representatives (tied with 80 others)

1 of Meuser’s bills and resolutions in 2019 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 3979: BASIC Act

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (28th percentile); House Freshmen (24th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Meuser introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Meuser introduced 0 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Meuser’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 3979: BASIC Act

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (23rd percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of Meuser’s 2 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Meuser caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (7th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

Meuser held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Meuser’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.