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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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to Senate Sophomores

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Fischer introduced 9 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for 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 ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (94th percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (94th percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (79th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to 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

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (81st percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th fewest bills compared to 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) ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (25th percentile); Senate Republicans (30th percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 8th most conservative compared to 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.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 8th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Fischer supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

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

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 14th least often compared to 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 »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (13th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 25th fewest bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (25th percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

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. View Fischer’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

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

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (56th percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (47th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

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.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (41st percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

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 »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

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

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); All Senators (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 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.