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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 23rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Wasserman Schultz’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other representatives 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 Wasserman Schultz’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.

 

Introduced the 25th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 8 others)

Wasserman Schultz introduced 8 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (13th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Was 34th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Wasserman Schultz missed 8.3% of votes (110 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Wasserman Schultz’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); All Representatives (92nd 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.


 

Wrote the 39th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 39 others)

Wasserman Schultz introduced 2 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: H.R. 1998: HERO Act of 2015; H.R. 5571: Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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. Wasserman Schultz introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Wasserman Schultz’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: H.Res. 230: Encouraging State-by-State adoption of a ...; H.Res. 851: Expressing profound concern about the ...; H.R. 436: Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Wasserman Schultz held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Wasserman Schultz’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 321 bills that Wasserman Schultz cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Wasserman Schultz cosponsored 321 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 Florida Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Wasserman Schultz’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.Res. 851: Expressing profound concern about the ...; H.R. 6211: Fair Housing for Domestic Violence ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Wasserman Schultz supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Wasserman Schultz 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Wasserman Schultz cosponsored H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Wasserman Schultz tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 7 of Wasserman Schultz’s 8 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Wasserman Schultz’s bills and resolutions had 194 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 Florida Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); All Representatives (47th 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.