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Sen. Deb Fischer’s 2016 Report Card

Senior Senator from Nebraska
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Fischer’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Fischer’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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

the most bills among Senate Sophomores

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Fischer introduced 9 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1115: GONE Act; S. 1326: Maritime Administration Enhancement Act of ...; S. 1359: E-Warranty Act of 2015; S. 1857: Microloan Modernization Act of 2015; S. 2200: Workplace Advancement Act; S. 2276: PIPES Act of 2016; S. 2607: DIGIT Act; S. 2829: Maritime Administration Authorization and Enhancement ...; S. 2850: Microloan Program Modernization Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores the most bills out of 16 0
9 bills View All
Senate Republicans 14th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
36 bills View All
All Senators 19th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 0
36 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

the most bills among Senate Sophomores

Fischer introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 301: Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin ...; S. 1115: GONE Act; S. 1359: E-Warranty Act of 2015; S. 2276: PIPES Act of 2016; S. 3364: CHIP IN for Vets Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores the most bills out of 16 0
5 View All
Senate Republicans 12th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 54 0
15 View All
All Senators 13th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 100 0
15 View All

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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

3rd most bills among Senate Sophomores

8 of Fischer’s bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress 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: S. 189: Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency ...; S. 301: Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin ...; S. 350: Judgment Fund Transparency Act of ...; S. 1115: GONE Act; S. 1359: E-Warranty Act of 2015; S. 1857: Microloan Modernization Act of 2015; S. 2850: Microloan Program Modernization Act of ...; S. 2993: FUELS Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 3rd most bills out of 16 0
9 bills View All
Senate Republicans 13th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
19 bills View All
All Senators 20th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
19 bills View All
 

Working with the House

5th fewest bills among Senate Sophomores

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Fischer’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. 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: S. 189: Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency ...; S. 301: Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin ...; S. 350: Judgment Fund Transparency Act of ...; S. 479: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1291: A bill to authorize early ...; S. 3051: Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) ...; S. 3132: Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 5th fewest bills out of 16 1
19 bills View All
Senate Republicans 17th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 1
40 bills View All
All Senators 27th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 1
40 bills View All

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

 

Cosponsors

6th fewest cosponsors among Senate Sophomores

Fischer’s bills and resolutions had 175 cosponsors in the 114th Congress. 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Sophomores 6th fewest cosponsors out of 16 72
367 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 21st fewest cosponsors out of 54 11
989 cosponsors View All
All Senators 33rd fewest cosponsors out of 100 11
989 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Introduced

6th most bills among Senate Sophomores; tied with 1 other

Fischer introduced 40 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 6th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 16 18
73 bills View All
Senate Republicans 26th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 8
140 bills View All
All Senators 47th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 8
140 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

8th most conservative among All Senators

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Fischer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Sophomores 2nd most conservative out of 16
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Senate Republicans 8th most conservative out of 54
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All Senators 8th most conservative out of 100
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Government Transparency

8th most supportive among Senate Republicans; tied with 3 others

GovTrack looked at whether Fischer supported any of 22 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Fischer 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: S. 282: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act; S. 337: FOIA Improvement Act of 2016; S. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Sophomores 5th most supportive (tied w/ 6) out of 16 0
5 points View All
Senate Republicans 8th most supportive (tied w/ 3) out of 54 0
10 points View All
All Senators 29th most supportive (tied w/ 15) out of 100 0
11 points View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

14th least bipartisan among All Senators; tied with 1 other

Of the 198 bills that Fischer cosponsored, 17% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Sophomores 3rd least bipartisan out of 15 11
65% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 14th least bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 54 11
54% of bills View All
All Senators 14th least bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 98 11
66% of bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

21st worst score among Senate Republicans

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Fischer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Sophomores 8th best score out of 16
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Senate Republicans 21st worst score out of 54
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All Senators 48th worst score out of 100
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Bills Cosponsored

25th fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 1 other

Fischer cosponsored 198 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 5th fewest bills out of 16 171
429 bills View All
Senate Republicans 21st fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 74
432 bills View All
All Senators 25th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 74
479 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

39th fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 3 others

Fischer tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 10 of Fischer’s 40 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 7th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 16 4
17 bills View All
Senate Republicans 23rd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 1
49 bills View All
All Senators 39th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
49 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Fischer held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Fischer’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Sophomores 2nd highest score (tied w/ 8) out of 16 0
3 points View All
Senate Republicans 13th lowest score (tied w/ 18) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 22nd lowest score (tied w/ 34) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Missed Votes

Fischer missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Fischer’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Sophomores the most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 16 0
32% missed votes View All
All Senators the most voting (tied w/ 11) out of 100 0
32% missed votes View All

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.

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 the 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.