Our unique analysis of the bills Muskie sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.
Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1980. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Muskie is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Muskie was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- S. 1148 (96th): A bill to reauthorize Title I of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, and for other purposes.
- S.J.Res. 83 (96th): A joint resolution to authorize the Camp Fire Girls of Cundys Harbor, Maine, to erect a memorial in the District of Columbia.
- S. 1146 (96th): An act to extend for three fiscal years the authorizations for appropriations under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
- S. 2299 (93rd): Joint Funding Simplification Act
- S. 2812 (93rd): An Act to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish the ratio for allocation of treatment works construction grant funds, to insure that grants may ...
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Muskie sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Muskie’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Con.Res. 86 (96th): A concurrent resolution setting forth the recommended congressional budget for the United ...
- S.Res. 358 (96th): An original resolution authorizing additional expenditures by the Committee on the Budget ...
- S.Res. 334 (96th): A resolution to express the sense of the Senate that the United ...
- S.Con.Res. 56 (96th): A concurrent resolution authorizing the reprinting of the committee print entitled “Synthetic ...
- S.Con.Res. 53 (96th): A concurrent resolution revising the Congressional Budget for the United States Government ...
- S.Con.Res. 36 (96th): An original concurrent resolution revising the congressional budget for the United States ...
- S.Res. 204 (96th): A resolution increasing the limitation on expenditures by the Committee on the ...
From Jan 1959 to May 1980, Muskie missed 1,451 of 8,317 roll call votes, which is 17.4%. This is much worse than the median of 9.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in May 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- Congress-Legislators, a community project collecting election information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills