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Rep. Eliot Engel’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from New York's 16th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Engel’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Engel’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 influential cosponsors the most often compared to All Representatives

26 of Engel’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 75: Strongly condemning the January 2019 ...; H.Res. 127: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.Res. 156: Calling for accountability and justice ...; H.Res. 220: Recognizing the interdependence of diplomacy, ...; H.Res. 221: Reaffirming the importance of upholding ...; H.Res. 222: Emphasizing the importance of alliances ...; H.Res. 273: Reaffirming the United States commitment ...; H.Res. 372: Expressing concern for the United ...; H.Res. 517: Supporting the Global Fund to ...; H.Res. 625: Opposing the decision to end ...; H.R. 31: Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act ...; H.R. 451: Don’t Break Up the T-Band ...; H.R. 647: Palliative Care and Hospice Education ...; H.R. 1580: Global Fragility Act of 2019; H.R. 1706: No Assistance for Assad Act; H.R. 2116: Global Fragility Act; H.R. 2529: Richard G. Lugar and Ellen ...; H.R. 2615: United States-Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement ...; H.R. 3190: Burma Unified through Rigorous Military ...; H.R. 3194: NATO Defense Financing Act; H.R. 3352: Department of State Authorization Act ...; H.R. 4695: PACT Act; H.R. 4995: Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act ...; H.R. 5230: Elijah E. Cummings Family Asthma ...; H.Con.Res. 34: Supporting the goals and ideals ...; H.J.Res. 77: Opposing the decision to end ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (100th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 39 of Engel’s 55 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Engel caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (100th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to All Representatives

Engel introduced 55 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Engel introduced 20 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 75: Strongly condemning the January 2019 ...; H.Res. 127: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.Res. 156: Calling for accountability and justice ...; H.Res. 220: Recognizing the interdependence of diplomacy, ...; H.Res. 221: Reaffirming the importance of upholding ...; H.Res. 222: Emphasizing the importance of alliances ...; H.Res. 273: Reaffirming the United States commitment ...; H.Res. 372: Expressing concern for the United ...; H.Res. 517: Supporting the Global Fund to ...; H.R. 31: Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act ...; H.R. 501: Poison Center Network Enhancement Act ...; H.R. 647: Palliative Care and Hospice Education ...; H.R. 2116: Global Fragility Act; H.R. 2615: United States-Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement ...; H.R. 3190: Burma Unified through Rigorous Military ...; H.R. 3352: Department of State Authorization Act ...; H.R. 3501: Safeguard our Elections and Combat ...; H.R. 4695: PACT Act; H.R. 4995: Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act ...; H.J.Res. 77: Opposing the decision to end ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd top leader compared to All Representatives

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Engel’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got the 4th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Engel’s bills and resolutions had 1,478 cosponsors in 2019. 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 New York Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 16th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 of Engel’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. 127: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 451: Don’t Break Up the T-Band ...; H.R. 2949: North Korea Policy Oversight Act ...; H.R. 3389: Guaranteed 3 Percent COLA for ...; H.R. 4019: Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019; H.R. 4178: REFUND Act of 2019; H.R. 4519: Pediatricians Accelerate Childhood Therapies Act ...; H.R. 4691: Safe Gun Storage Act of ...; H.J.Res. 77: Opposing the decision to end ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 55th most politically left compared to All Representatives

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Engel’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (35th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 83rd most bills compared to All Representatives

Engel cosponsored 379 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 New York Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Engel introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all New York Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 379 bills that Engel cosponsored, 10% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Engel missed 1.0% of votes (7 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Engel’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Representatives (35th 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.


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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.