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Sen. Deb Fischer’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Fischer’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 bicameral support on the 8th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 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. 88: DIGIT Act; S. 345: Workplace Advancement Act; S. 421: PSC Oversight Act of 2017; S. 517: Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice ...; S. 526: Microloan Modernization Act of 2017; S. 692: Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act; S. 1096: Maritime Administration Authorization and Enhancement ...; S. 1716: Strong Families Act; S. 2088: Gold Star Family Support and ...; S.Res. 12: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 74: A resolution congratulating the State ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 14th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 97 bills that Fischer cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (25th 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 15th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Fischer cosponsored 97 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 Republicans (27th percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).


 

Ranked 20th 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Fischer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Got the 26th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Fischer’s bills and resolutions had 89 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Republicans (31st percentile); All Senators (25th 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 Republicans (17th percentile); All Senators (20th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Fischer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (29th percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Fischer missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Fischer’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Fischer’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 526: Microloan Modernization Act of 2017; S. 565: Judgment Fund Transparency Act of ...; S. 692: Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act; S. 696: Stop Improper Federal Bonuses Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Fischer tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 7 of Fischer’s 25 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (40th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Fischer introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (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. Fischer introduced 7 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 88: DIGIT Act; S. 692: Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act; S. 696: Stop Improper Federal Bonuses Act; S. 1096: Maritime Administration Authorization and Enhancement ...; S.Res. 74: A resolution congratulating the State ...; S.Res. 260: A resolution designating September 2017 ...; S.Res. 365: A resolution congratulating the University ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Fischer introduced 25 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (50th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Fischer supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Fischer 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.