Our unique analysis of the bills Lautenberg sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.
Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2014. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Lautenberg is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Lautenberg was the primary sponsor of 43 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 314 (113th): Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act
- S. 1430 (112th): Maritime Administration Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
- S. 3013 (111th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 216 Westwood Avenue in Westwood, New Jersey, as the “Sergeant Christopher R. Hrbek ...
- S. 2714 (111th): A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on Propanoic acid, 3-hydroxy-2-(hydroxymethyl)-2-methyl, polymers with 5-iso-cyanato-1-(isocyanatomethyl)-1,3,3-trimethylcyclohexane and reduced methyl esters of reduced polymerized, oxidized tetrafl
- S. 904 (109th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1560 Union Valley Road in West Milford, New Jersey, as the “Brian P. ...
- S. 1296 (106th): Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
- S. 362 (106th): A bill to authorize appropriations for the Coastal Heritage Trail Route in New Jersey, and for other purposes.
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).
Lautenberg sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Transportation and Public Works (23%) Environmental Protection (16%) Crime and Law Enforcement (14%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (14%) Health (13%) Education (11%) Taxation (5%) Economics and Public Finance (5%)
Some of Lautenberg’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 1036 (113th): Foreign Language Education Partnership Program Act
- S. 1009 (113th): Chemical Safety Improvement Act
- S. 979 (113th): Drunk Driving Repeat Offender Prevention Act of 2013
- S. 903 (113th): Alien Gun Violence Prevention Act of 2013
- S. 880 (113th): Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act of 2013
- S. 814 (113th): Protecting Communities from Chemical Explosions Act of 2013
- S. 826 (113th): Tobacco Tax and Enforcement Reform Act
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S. 3240 (112th): Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012
Jun 21, 2012. Bill Passed 64/35.
H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
S. 365 (112th): Budget Control Act of 2011
Aug 2, 2011. Motion Agreed to 74/26.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute in the United States that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on August 2, 2011. The Act brought conclusion to the United ...
H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 17, 2011. Joint Resolution Passed 87/13.
H.R. 514 (112th): FISA Sunsets Extension Act of 2011
Feb 15, 2011. Bill Passed 86/12.
H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
On the Nomination PN64-6: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Jan 26, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 60/34.
H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Dec 14, 2007. Bill Passed 79/14.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill) was a $288 billion, five-year agricultural policy bill that was passed into law by the United States Congress ...
On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.
From Feb 1983 to May 2013, Lautenberg missed 359 of 9,614 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in May 2013. 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
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills