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Sen. Deb Fischer’s 2018 Report Card

Senior Senator from Nebraska
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2025


These statistics cover Fischer’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 10th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 167 bills that Fischer cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (18th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 8th fewest laws compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 6 others)

Fischer introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 526: Microloan Modernization Act of 2018; S. 2421: FARM Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (14th percentile); All Senators (22nd 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.


 

Cosponsored the 16th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Fischer cosponsored 167 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 (30th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Ranked 17th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Fischer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (66th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Got the 19th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Fischer’s bills and resolutions had 147 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Fischer introduced 32 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (40th percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Fischer introduced 12 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 88: DIGIT Act; S. 526: Microloan Modernization Act of 2018; S. 692: Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act; S. 696: Stop Improper Federal Bonuses Act; S. 1096: Maritime Administration Authorization and Enhancement ...; S. 2421: FARM Act; S. 2717: Maritime Authorization and Enhancement Act ...; S.Res. 74: A resolution congratulating the State ...; S.Res. 260: A resolution designating September 2017 ...; S.Res. 365: A resolution congratulating the University ...; S.Res. 389: A resolution commemorating the commissioning ...; S.Res. 603: A resolution designating September 2018 ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Fischer’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 565: Judgment Fund Transparency Act of ...; S. 692: Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act; S. 696: Stop Improper Federal Bonuses Act; S. 2421: FARM Act; S. 2884: Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).


 

Working with the House

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 2018; 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 (52nd percentile); All Senators (44th 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. 19 of Fischer’s 32 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Fischer caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Fischer held a leadership position on 0 committees and 3 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 (50th percentile); All Senators (53rd 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Fischer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Fischer missed 0.7% of votes (4 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Fischer’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (33rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Fischer supported any of 14 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 the 115th Congress) 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.